I’m off exploring another new pathway in art. Yep. I’ve started learning about acrylics. It’s going to be fun, I think, but right now it’s another huge challenge.
As you know if you’ve been following along on my journey, I have a VIP coming up for a VIP — that is a Very Important Project for a Very Important Person. My husband has been working away on his old van and he’s serious about having me paint clouds on the headliner.
Of course, I’m requesting a lot of practice time — and materials — first. After a bit of research and a quick consultation with Matt Fussell from The Virtual Instructor, we’ve decided that acrylic paints will be the best choice for the project.
So, I’d better get busy figuring out how to use them!
I did my first acrylics “assignment” last week. I picked up a pad of canvas sheets, grabbed a few acrylics at Hobby Lobby, and figured the best place to start was with “the basics”.
I know synthetic brushes are used for acrylics and I already had a few. I will be picking up more.
Before I began, I watched the first lesson from the acrylics course at The Virtual Instructor, and I scribbled down a long list of supplies I’ll eventually be needing.
In addition to a variety of acrylic paints, the materials list for the course includes:
- Palette paper
- Canvas paper
- Stretcher bars
- Palette knives
- Canvas board
- 2″ Polyester brush
- Staple gun
- Gel medium
- Modeling paste
- HB Pencil
And something that looks like it says S-D Blending Gel? I’ll have to go back and review the list. I can’t make out my own scribbles. I’m posting the list here so that those of you who work with acrylics can advise me on any “do’s and do not’s” on these materials. I do have the canvas paper, and I’ve got HB pencils. I can find an old cloth, but what kind of palette knife do I need? All advice will be appreciated.
My first attempt at using acrylics was, as I said, a back to basics exercise: creating a value scale and using a simple cube to look at light and dark. It wasn’t too successful. I did fairly well with the tints, but my shades got too dark too quickly. My cube isn’t much to brag about either.
As you can tell, I had no idea how much — or how little — paint to get on the brush. I ended up with canvas showing through the paint even when I tried to go back over it a second time.
Again, all advice and suggestions will be appreciated. Most of all, please wish me luck as I set off on this bright and colorful new pathway. I think I’m going to need it!