When painting with acrylic, a great way to start is to fill in the whole background first. Discover how to paint with acrylic medium from an award-winning artist in this free video on acrylic painting.
Hello, I'm Jacklyn Laflamme. I'm a professional artist with JacklynLaflamme.com. In this clip, I am going to give you some tips on acrylic painting. You will need a canvas. You will need acrylic paint. You will need paintbrushes. I'm going to start off with some paint on our brush. I always like when I start off acrylic painting, I always like to fill in the whole background first. Either in a solid color or a series of colors. Sometimes, I like to take two colors and mix them together. And just really blend those colors and get a nice solid background sort of as a foundation to actually start your painting on. So, seeing as we've done blue today, maybe we'll try to paint a cloud. So, I'm going to switch brushes to a more pointier brush and pick up some white. And I'm just going to start blending in some paint here to create the effect of a sky. Now, acrylic paints do dry fast, but while you have that open time, you have that nice creamy effect so that you could really work the paint in. Once your paint dries, you can always go back with a smaller brush and add some more white and then you can really just start putting in the finer details. So, think about it as building up layers of colors. So, we started off with our background with a big brush. We had a medium-sized brush to blend in some of the colors. And then at the end, you can go back in and really put in some little nice fine details. That is really the beauty of working with acrylics. And you can just go over it and over it and over it. And once the color is dry it's endless as to how many layers of paint you can actually build up on the canvas. I've changed to some blue here and again I'm just going to add in some little blue details here to create different effects. Kind of like a little ribbon effect here. We started off with clouds but now it's kind of turning into a little abstract. But, you see how you can just do that, so you can work on the colors or wet, blended together. Or you can wait till they're dry and add in the finer details. This is Jacklyn Laflamme; thank you for watching.