Playing with Paint

Acrylics and I just don’t get along. When I first tried acrylics, I was excited, but that excitement quickly faded. I loved the colors, and I especially loved that acrylic paints were fairly inexpensive, and I loved the easy clean-up. I just didn’t love painting with acrylics.

I do, however, have quite a collection of acrylic paints. I sometimes let the grandkids — or our grown-up kids — have fun painting with them, and I do use my acrylics for toning canvases. After a bit of experimenting, I’ve decided I like acrylics better than oil when it comes to toning.

One thing I am very interested in is acrylic pouring.  I’ve seen a lot of pourings that I love, and while there are others that don’t really appeal to me, I think it would be fun to try. I’d love to hear any tips anyone has to share!

Although I haven’t yet tried any pourings, I have been playing with my acrylic paints lately. I have to say it again. Acrylics and I just don’t get along. I’m using them, however, for a series of abstract paintings. Doing abstracts is a chance to step outside the box, or maybe to just throw the box away. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to abstract art, so I just do anything I feel like. Usually I end up with a nothing more than a big mess.

I did have fun doing this somewhat experimental abstract with acrylics.

Dark Dreams - Framed
Dark Dreams by Judith Kraus – Acrylic on 8 x 10 Canvas Panel

Before you ask, no, that little white dot isn’t supposed to be there. But maybe it belongs there. Or maybe I should cover it up.

I like the colors. I like the contrast of the white against the black background, and I like the touches of red and blue, even though they’re faint. I just looked at it again, by the way. That little white dot has to go.

Acrylics and I will probably never be friends, but over the next few days, I will be playing with my paints a little more, and maybe by the time I’m finished, acrylics and I will at least be on speaking terms.


  1. I like acrylics, but they are a pain to clean out of things, whether it be your fingers, brushes, furniture, the carpet, or whatever.

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    1. I’ve gotten so accustomed to clean-up time with my oil painting that I’m used to it, I guess. I did end up with acrylic gesso all over my hands yesterday, and that was a mess to clean up! I don’t know what it is about painting with acrylics…I just can’t get the paint to go on right. 😦

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  2. Personally, I would cover the tiny white dot. It kind of distracts from the impact of the other white areas, but that is just my opinion 🙂

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