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I haven't used acrylics since my high school art classes, but I found my box of paints that I used to use for painting model figures.  They're still good and rather than see them go to waste I and was kind of tempted to give painting with acrylics a shot again.

Any of you guys have experience in painting with acrylics and would like to share your tips, tricks, and ideas?

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saleemnoorali Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw somewhere online where they use Windex and just spray the paint with a squirt instead of water.
whipsmartbanky Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Acrylics can be used as an opaque or as a translucent paint. You can use them straight out of the tube for opaques, or you can mix a little water with them and use them like water colors. What I would recommend you try is to start your painting by first painting in the dark shadows using the paints like watercolors--watered down so that they are semi-transparent when applied. Lay in your shadows this way. Then add in your middle tones slightly more opaque, then building to your highlights as the most opaque. Take it slow and easy building up from transparents to a more medium opaque, and take it slow to build to an opaque highlight. Add as many middle stages as you feel comfortable with. The key is not to move from transparent color to opaque color too quickly. Do it gradually as you get to lighter highlights.

Another method is of course to use them straight out of the tube or just as watercolors.

Acrylics can dry fast, but can be reactivated with a little water if they're not entirely dry on the surface.

You'll probably use a lot of titanium white. It's good to mix with other colors to lighten them. If you get a chance to buy a big tube of titanium white, it's not a bad idea to pick up some extra.

Hope that helps some.
whipsmartbanky Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Wow, Loston! :D

Thanks a ton for the detailed reply. Maybe after the holidays I'll start marking up some old boards with some sketches and try out some of these.

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