Acrylic Paints

Get painting with our fabulous range of acrylic paints at Spotlight. Choose from a range of top brands, with just about every colour of the rainbow available, and express yourself with these vibrant, fast-drying paints. Whether you are shopping for artist-quality acrylics and accessories or brilliant colours for painting with the kids, choose acrylic paints from Spotlight. With such a wide choice, plus bargains galore across the range, make Spotlight your one stop shop for all your painting needs.

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Things You Need To Know About Working With Acrylic Paints!

Working with acrylic paints can be incredibly exciting, especially since it is one of the most versatile and affordable paint options out there. Of course, the process of working with acrylics can be daunting for a beginner. To help you hone your skills in acrylic painting, we have provided an overview of expert tips below. So, once you have finished shopping for acrylic paint on Spotlight, be sure to implement them in your artwork.

What Is The First Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

One of the first things to consider when you are working with acrylic paints is the type of paintbrush you will use. Naturally, not all paintbrushes work well with acrylics. Fortunately, the paintbrushes you will use for acrylic paint are also counted among the most affordable.

Acrylic paintbrushes are mostly made from synthetic bristles. As such, they are relatively easy to produce and to maintain. To start, you should at least have a couple of brushes of sizes 6 to 10, this includes flat brushes as well as round brushes.

What Is The Second Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

Once you start painting with acrylics, you will notice that various brands can deliver variable results. As you develop your style as an artist, you will soon start to prefer a specific brand.

As you work with different brands, you will also notice that thinning out your paint is something that must be done carefully. Some acrylic paints can have problems with their emulsion when too much water is used. Of course, the amount of water can be variable from brand to brand, so it can take some experimentation.

What Is The Third Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

When you work with acrylic paint, you will also mix your paints to get different colours. If you are not that familiar with your colour wheel, it can happen to have a print out of the colour wheel nearby to help you blend your acrylics.

We must mention that you should also remember how your paint will dry when you are blending colours. So, if you are mixing, you should always blend in one shade lighter than the colour you are looking for.

What Is The Fourth Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

Since you will be blending a lot of paint, it is important to know how to keep that paint in the best condition possible. One of the common problems with acrylics is that they do tend to dry quickly, this opposed to oil paint that takes days to dry. However, the benefit of quick drying does have a downside, as it can dry out the paint on your palette.

To ensure your paint stays in good condition, always get a good spray bottle with a little bit of water. When you use a gentle spray on your palette every now and again, it will keep your paint nice and wet. Of course, be sure not to use too much paint, as doing so could lead to problems with your emulsion or it may turn your acrylics into a watercolour.

What Is The Fifth Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

If you are working with canvas, it can be a good idea to prepare your canvas before you start painting on it. One mixture you could use to prepare the canvas is called Gesso. When you apply this special medium on the canvas, it will make it easier to apply your acrylic paint and manipulate it. Of course, you can also use this medium to manipulate the texture on the canvas.

What Is The Final Tip To Work With Acrylic Paints?

One of the hardest things you will ever have to do when working with acrylic paints is blending your paint on the canvas. Most artists prefer to use their favourite brush, but a filbert brush is a great way to start.

When it comes to blending, you can either blend wet on wet, which tends to be the easiest method for most artists, but you can also dry layer. To determine which method is easiest for you, it could be worth experimenting on a test canvas beforehand.

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