It’s common to make mistakes when you’re just starting out, especially in acrylic painting. But knowing those common mistakes ahead will help you avoid making them in the first place. Below are some of the most common mistakes beginners make you can learn from.
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Using thick paint too quickly
Start with thin paint. Avoid putting down paint too thickly or too quickly, it’ll be hard to control even by an experienced artist. Artist that create thick paintings don’t start painting in thick paint, they start in thin layers of paint. Paint it in successive layer until the surface is as thick as you want.
Using too much white
This practice will lead to lifeless pasty color mixtures. Of course, white is essential to mix quite a few variety of colors, however, use it only as needed. Beginners tend to reach for the white color first when they want a lighter color. It should be the last thing you use because white color lessens the intensity of the color.
Using the wrong brush size
Using too small of a brush, that is. Beginners do this because they feel less intimidated when they use a smaller brush. This creates a couple of problems for you: first, you take more time to finish your project; second, you miss larger relationships. Start with the larger brushes and start with the correct shadow forms. And when you go down to the details, that’s when you use the medium and small brushes.
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