Acrylic Painting Ideas for Beginners


If you have just picked up your brushes to try out your new acrylic paints, this quarantine, read on. Unlike watercolors and poster colors, acrylic media is quite richer in texture and consistency. The colors add luster and long-lasting finish to your paintings pretty much like oil colors.

However, as a beginner, the first thing that comes to mind is that what should I draw?  You might have heard many times that draw from your heart, through imagination and all that. Well, it is true, but for starting acrylic painting, there are specific patterns, strokes, and things you should learn before diving into your imagination. For this reason, I am going to give you some painting ideas that will let you try and learn the techniques you would need.

# Sky with clouds

Now, this may sound pretty simple, but it will teach you lots. First of all, remember that acrylic has polymer emulsion and thus dry out pretty fast. But sometimes, like, for example, to paint the sky, you need to mix the blues well. So for that, use a thick flat brush and cover the sky portion with a layer of water first, no paint involved. Then you can apply the blue directly or dilute with water and use it according to your choice. Now, wait till your painting dries. This is where you have an advantage since acrylic dries fast, you can keep on adding layers as soon as the first one dries up.

# Sunlight in a  Dense Forest

I know it might sound a bit intimidating for absolute beginners. But this is an excellent subject to learn a lot of things. Firstly a forest would need a lot of layering, but you can do it as you learn! The light and dark shading in acrylic are slightly different from watercolors and pastels, so trying this scenery out will let you adjust to the new media and the way it works. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials that can guide you as well, so no worries!

# A Tree During Spring or Fall

Once again, this is a great way to learn how shading works in acrylic. You can choose a base color like yellow, or light green, or maybe very light pink, and then add layers of darker shade as it dries. You can use buds or tips to bring out the contrasts. The point is a tree, and the shading will give you an understanding of how light and dark colors blend in acrylic and how you can use it in other bigger projects.

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# Sunrise over Water

This is slightly difficult but still an excellent way to learn how to paint reflections. The sky and water will have similar color usage, yet you will learn how to demarcate between the two as you paint. This is also an essential step towards getting an idea about how to paint water in different lighting. The light and shadow are a fundamental concept in acrylic, which will also be enhanced through this.


Painting is all about being creative. So nurture your inner creativity and bring out your colors on the canvas!

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