While easy to use, acrylic paints do require some preparation! Some advice before getting started.
There are ready-to-use paper, cardboard, wood, plywood and canvas media. But you can also decide to use an unprepped medium to which you apply a primer.
Organizing your palette is an essential step. Note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and we all have our own habits. Here are some simple principles you can follow:
- Acrylics dry very fast, so make sure you only put small amounts of paint on your palette.
- If your colors are drying too fast, add a few drops of water with your paintbrush or use a little atomizer to wet them.
Whether or not you decide to dilute your paint, you need to keep a large amount of water handy for cleaning your paintbrushes regularly.
Make sure you set up your work space near a source of water so you can get water faster.
They are very useful for erasing errors, creating effects and wiping off your paintbrushes. Keep them near your work space.