4 Brush Stroke Techniques | Acrylic Painting

4 Brush Stroke Techniques | Acrylic Painting


Hi, I’m Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at paintalongnyc.com. We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville
and New York. I’m going to tell you about some brush techniques
today. We’re going to use our 1-inch flat brush and
we’re going to do a cross-hatch technique. We’re going to use two different colors of
paint; I’ll be using yellow and white. Starting with my yellow, I’m just going to
start make these X-patterns, and come across the canvas with your X-pattern. I’m also going to go to my white paint without
washing my brush and put that into the yellow and I’m using the same X-pattern and you’ll
be able to see both colors of paint and they’re just slightly blended on the canvas. And the next technique we’ll be doing is a
dry brush technique. To do a dry brush technique you first have
to start with a small amount of paint on your brush and the idea is to use the paint and
draw it out until there’s nothing on the brush and then you get a variegated line with your
brush. I’ll do it again for you. This brush is loaded with a small amount of
paint and then I’m just going to drag in up until the paint ends, all the way. This works really well when you’re trying
to layer you’re paint and get different techniques of shadowing and light. The next thing I’d like to show you is a liner
brush. We use this for our details. So, I’m going to use the red paint to show
you how I can do some small details with this liner brush. You can use this brush to create stems for
flowers, or to make a tree. All you have to do is use a really light touch
and let the branches get smaller and smaller as they come away from the trunk. The next brush technique I would like to show
you is one that we use for an abstract flower. This is a filbert brush and what we’re going
to do is we’re just going to take this brush and do a dabbing technique. I’m loading it up fairly heavily with the
paint. And what I want to do is I’m just going to
press it into the canvas and make the petals of the flower. And that gives you an abstract flower. And those are our brush techniques.

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