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Two Basic Acrylic Qualities

 
 

Two Basic Acrylic Qualities Lesson

The two properties of acrylics are opaque and transparent. This lesson will help you understand how to use these two properties in order to achieve a desired result. Knowing your medium is the first step in becoming a successful painter.

The demonstration will illustrate how adding an opaque and transparent layers to a dry layer of acrylic will have completely different results.

What You Need To Know

  1. Using thick, undiluted acrylics will allow you to completely cover the first layer.
  2. Using thinned, or diluted acrylics will create a transparent layer when applied to dry surface, or in this case acrylic. This transparent allows the two colors to blend by allowing the first layer to show.
  3. This is important to understand because using opaque and transparent qualities in your work will help you allow your layers to work harmoniously. In some cases you may desire a thick, or undiluted layer to achieve a strong edge. In other cases you may want to opt for a transparent layer so that you can allow the layers, and strokes beneath it to be slightly visible.
  4. The demonstrations illustrates these properties so that you can better understand the visual differences of transparent and opaque qualities of acrylics.

Your Goal

Explore these techniques by using simple blocks of color just like I did in the demo. It’s best to learn this while doodling and not when you are painting a finished piece. Once you fully understand these properties you are on your way to creating beautiful layered paintings.

Two Basic Acrylic Qualities