Layering Acrylic Paint Like Watercolors; Painting Techniques

Layering Acrylic Paint Like Watercolors; Painting Techniques


This piece today did not work out the
way that I had initially intended it to and it was a surprise piece, do you know
what I mean? One of those pieces that you just weren’t expecting. I mean it wasn’t
as if I’d started out with an endpoint in mind or anything like that but I had
intended this piece to be the third one in my series of keeping layering. In that
series everything that I’ve done so far has kind of ended up quite abstract with
no focal image or anything like that. Now if you’ve missed my recent videos or
maybe you’re new here then my keep layering series well it’s a creative
exercise that I’ve been practicing and hopefully encouraging you guys to
practice as well and the idea is that you push through those stop barriers
that stop you adding that next layer and you just keep going keep going and keep
going. And it’s supposed to help you get through your fear, basically. You know
those things that make you finish your piece because you’re not sure if, you
know, you add another layer and that’s gonna mess it up so you just kind of
stop and it’s not finished but you stop anyway. And if you haven’t tried it yet I
really do encourage you to give it a go and it’s a great way of freeing up your
art and I do talk about it some more in the other videos so I’ll link those up
in the description and also in the cards as well. And this piece today was meant
to be one of those. But as you see if you keep on watching to the end it turns
into something entirely different really it went on its own little journey. I
think this comes at a great time because well hopefully it will inspire you to
try out the keep layering exercise because you never know what will come
out of it and if once you’re layering you have the urge to try something else
then there’s nothing stopping you from doing that so go for it.
So when I started this piece I decided to try layering acrylics but this time
I’m going to use them like a watercolor and I’m working on a mixed-media paper
for this but you could also happily work on a watercolor paper as well and all of
the products that I’ve used today are listed in the description below as
always. Now using acrylics like watercolor is really great fun
it’s perfect for layering because unlike with watercolor paint, when you use acrylics like this they still give you some of those wonderful qualities that
we all love in watercolor paint but with the added bonus that once they’re dry
they stay in place so you can keep layering over the top so perfect for our
keep layering exercise. So this piece was actually quite quick and one of the
quickest that I’ve done for a while my other keep layering exercises have taken
over an hour to do, this one it finished in under 40 minutes. So you can already
see that there’s not gonna be as many layers in this one as in some of those
other ones but you’ll see why if you keep watching.
Now I did use a heat tool to speed up the process because I am using a lot of
water and to also try and manipulate some of the textures too. So if I’d let
it dry naturally then it would have taken a lot longer. But it’s not too
different to my other projects because I do occasionally use a heat tool there as
well to speed things along a little bit. And I think another thing about using
acrylics like this and in this way for this layering exercise it is quite
challenging to keep layering because now your layers are translucent so you can
see you’re working so to speak. So if you want to step up your layering game and
change it up a little bit then do try going translucent and seeing how it
works for you. Now the whole translucent and opaque nature of paints can be a
little confusing when you’re beginner and I do get questions on this quite a
lot, so, but generally if you have an acrylic paint and you add water to them
it’s going to thin them out so even your opaque acrylics will become more
translucent. And your acrylic paints will be fine
watered down and when you’re using them on a paper substrate like this. Now as I
move through my layers I do add some smaller opaque details, some doodles, some
dark colors as well and I do a lot of my scribble writing and then something a
bit different for me I actually do some actual writing and I prefer scribble
writing usually because I find it more freeing and more spontaneous,
I can scribble write with a subjective mind and thinking about words but
without having to form the words and write them down. But with real writing I
have to be a lot more careful about it and it kind of rains me in a little bit
so it slows me down and even if I’m not making sentences that are to be read, I
don’t know, there’s something about it that definitely sort of is more
controlling I think or maybe it’s just the way I do it I don’t know!
For this one I’m using a theme like I’m thinking about paint I’m thinking about
color for this writing and as you’ll see with this piece it turns floral but even
at this late level where I am writing and thinking and using words I’m not
using any floral words or flower words because I haven’t thought about turning
this into florals yet, that comes later. And it appeared randomly
really but it’s perfect because in June I think June I’m gonna have a bit of a
floral theme going on, both here on YouTube and also in Patreon as well, so if
you’re one of my Art Explorers or Process Addicts over on Patreon then in
June we will be looking at different mixed-media floral ideas and different
ways to add florals to your work. But even if you aren’t on Patreon with me
then there will be some time lapse floral art here on YouTube too to enjoy.
Now if you’re wondering what plan I’m using to draw my flower with this just
an ordinary ballpoint pen and those of you who watch my work before then you
know I do sometimes add in some ballpoint pen in every now and again. I
do I love how thin you can get the line and I also like the fact that on this
particular piece I’ve got that black paint pen which is very dark and intense
and then this line doesn’t disturb that it doesn’t fight with it because it
gives you another type of black. Now the placement of the flower head and
that leaf really came about from the placement of those purple brush marks
and I made the leap when it suddenly occurred to me that a flowered
work really well here, it was those brush marks that led the
design. Now I really love the way that this piece is completely additive. So
unlike those other layer pieces this one you can see every single layer
none of the layers are hidden and that’s what I meant by you can see your
workings, So every mark that I made well it’s still there at the end and it is a
different way of layering up if you’ve been doing this kind of layering
practice. So yeah have a go with this have a go of your translucents see what
you can do with them and how many layers you can build. And then if you have an
urge to draw a huge flower on there then go for it! Or you know it doesn’t have to
be a flower does it it could be a butterfly, could be heart, it could be one
of your favorite shapes, you could put a lot of circles on here that would be
really cool. Have a think about what you like and what you would love to see
there and how you would do it and change it up and make it complete yours. So to
get you in the mood for more florals that are going to be coming up in June
then watch these flower inspiration videos that I already have on my channel
and I will see you over there next

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