How to Paint w/ Acrylics with Ann

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I was so proud of all of you that learned to paint through my Chanel tutorial that I wanted to make another one for you guys!  I am not a painting expert, but I really enjoy painting as I am creating my own world.  This writeup is just a base primer for supplies and materials and I will post a more detailed post later.

When you paint with Acrylics, you are going to need a few basics.  You need paint, brushes, canvas, a non porous surface to mix paints on(palette, plate, frisbee), a cup for water and an open mind.

For paint, I recommend purchasing dedicated art acrylic paint.  Craft paints don’t have as much pigmentation or vibrant colors as art paint.  There are other paints available like Oil and Watercolor, but they use different techniques.  I find that Acrylic is the easiest to work with for newer painters.  I am using Liquitex BASICS from my local craft store, but you can find good acrylic paint from any art supply or craft store.

When it comes to brushes, there are so many different brushes in shapes and sizes to choose from.  It’s just like buying makeup brushes.  Prices depend on name brand, type of bristle hairs, and overall quality.  For acrylics, I don’t recommend spending a bunch on brushes yet.

What is important with brushes is to make sure you maintain them well by cleaning after painting.  Keep your brush clean and it will keep your painting for years to come.  When loading paint, avoid soaking the brush in a ton of paint and avoid letting the paint soak up to the metal binding.  Wash off after use with hot soapy water and let it dry.  I like storing my brushes in a jar or can bristles up to prevent bristle damage.

Enjoy painting!

“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”

– Bob Ross

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