Re-Invention of an Artist | Acrylic Painting Techniques

Wild Rose -Acrylic on Claybord©

Acrylic Painting Tips

I would like you to join me as I transition into Acrylics.  For many years my main medium was Porcelain Art, but as my time in the studio is a bit limited for now I find that acrylic painting techniques provides me with a finished product in less time.  Don’t get me wrong I still hope to have time to do my Porcelain painting and hopefully teach here in my home studio.  Porcelain Art, also know as China Painting, is and has been my first love in the art world.  It all came very easy for me and I taught many seminars on it.  I hope to excel in acrylic painting as well and get a chance to set up classes in it also.  I have always felt that my art was like therapy for me, as I can become very involved in painting the beautiful nature around me and forget all the craziness in the world, at least for a short time anyway.

I enjoy teaching others almost as much as painting so I hope to share some of my painting techniques, struggles, triumphs and “masterpieces” with you.  Please feel free to contact me if you need help or have questions.

Acrylic Painting Techniques

As I make this transition I would like to share with you what I have discovered to make the process a little easier.  Acrylic paints dry very quickly, this is good for getting a piece finished in a short time but can be bad when your paints dry up before you have finished your masterpiece.  What I have found through my research is that you have to use a wet pallet system.  You can purchase a wet pallet from any of the craft stores but I have found a simple plastic tray works if set up correctly.  There is a thin yellow pallet sponge you can purchase that works very well but wet paper towels work almost as good.  You have to decide what you are comfortable spending to get set up.  You will also need to have a squirt bottle close by to mist your paints and keep them moist and creamy.  I purchased a tablet of pallet paper.  This is paper that is coated on the top side to help with mixing the paints.  First I place the damp sponge on the tray and then place a sheet of the pallet paper on top of the sponge.  Once I have decided on a color scheme I place  the paints onto the paper in an order similar to my color wheel.  Depending on the size of my painting I try not to get too carried away with large dollops of paint.  You can always add more but if you don’t keep the paints moist they will form a thick skin on top and you can’t rework it.

My best advice to you is get a few paint colors, some of the supplies I mentioned above and jump in there and start painting.  Acrylic painting techniques can  be applied to almost any surface so you don’t need an expensive canvas to start on.  I use watercolor paper, illustration board and of course my favorite Claybord© by Ampersand.  I have even painted on an electric guitar!

Happy painting,

Catherine Tonning-Popowich – Artist

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