Brush Stroke

Basic painting techniques that are a good starting point for beginners. 

Brush Stroke

Dry Brushing

Done with a dry brush, straight paint with no water. Used for highlighting or adding a hint of color to something.

Brush Stroke

Washing/Glazing

A wash or a glaze can be painted over a background to change or deepen the color.

Brush Stroke

Stippling

The technique involves using a stiff brush dipped in paint and then lightly dabbed on the surface.

Brush Stroke

Splattering can be done by hitting one brush against the other or by flicking paint from a toothbrush.

Splattering

Splattering

Detailing

To get fine thin, fine lines such as for eyelashes, tiny flowers, trees, or lines on a sailboat you need a small, fine detail brush.

Brush Stroke

You can achieve wet into wet blending by applying one color on top of another while both are still wet 

Wet Into Wet Blending

Brush Stroke

The technique involves scratching through the top layers of paint to reveal the paint colors below.

Sgraffito

Brush Stroke

Sponging is done by dabbing paint onto the surface with a sponge. A sea sponge works best for this technique.

Sponging

Brush Stroke

Painting knives can be used to make broad, sweeping strokes across the canvas, add snow to mountain tops or paint the mountains themselves among many other things.

Painting Knives

Brush Stroke

Texture

The easiest way to add texture is to use thick layers of heavy body paint. You can also add sand, beads, glass and many other things.

The more you paint, the better you become and the more you will enjoy being an artist. To learn more about acrylic painting techniques click the button below.