Brush Stroke

Alla prima painting, also known as wet-on-wet painting, is a technique where the artist completes a painting in one sitting or session.

In alla prima painting, paint is applied to the canvas while previous layers are still wet.

Brush Stroke

Alla prima is typically used in oil painting, however, it can also be used with acrylics.

Brush Stroke

Alla prima painting helps the artist to practice wet-on-wet blending techniques which can be difficult for beginners.

Brush Stroke

Plein Air painting is ideally suited for this technique because you have to paint quickly and don’t always have time to wait for the layers to dry.

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Brush Stroke

When painting alla prima with acrylics it is best to work on a smaller canvas with little detail so that your painting can be completed as quickly as possible.

Brush Stroke

Use thicker paint such as heavy body paint because it won't dry as quickly as a thinner acrylic paint.

Brush Stroke

Use retarders or other additives to extend the drying time of the paint. You can also keep a spray bottle of water handy to spray the paint and keep it wet.

Brush Stroke

Using a large brush and/or a palette knife will help you get the paint on the canvas quickly.

Brush Stroke

It is a good idea to premix your colors before you start an acrylic painting using the alla prima technique.

Brush Stroke

You also have to be mindful of the colors you are using. Painting red over a wet green can cause a muddy result if you are not careful.

Brush Stroke

It is often easier and quicker to paint on a surface when it has been covered with a ground or underpainting to prevent the white of the canvas from showing through.

Learn more about alla prima with acrylics and other painting ideas by clicking the link below.

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