How to make acrylic paints vibrant, opaque and bright. Let's go through a few problems with acrylic painting and how to fix them.
If you have issues with acrylics not being opaque enough or the colors not being vibrant and bright, you might be making some of these mistakes. (I don't really like calling them mistakes, though.) But you might find the quick acrylic painting tips for beginners in this video helpful to solve those issues.
1. The colors look different, when the painting is dry.
2. Your acrylics are not as opaque as you'd like. When you're painting a lighter color on top of a darker one, the darker color shows through. I didn't mention in the video why there are transparent and opaque acrylics. You can use transparent acrylics for glazing, where you paint transparent layers on top of a monochrome underpainting, for example.
3. Colors soak into the painting surface and lose vibrancy. This might happen if you're painting onto an unprimed surface, such as cardboard.
4. The colors you mix turn muddy or muted instead of bright and vibrant. I've had this issue with trying to mix a bright purple or orange, for example. I forgot to mention in the video that it's a good idea to use muted colors, too! If your painting has muted colors with a few bright spots, the bright colors will stand out more.
Have you had these or any other problems while painting with acrylics? Tell me in the comments.
How to prepare cardboard for painting: https://youtu.be/mK8TTbwBXcY?list=PLmqRfhuB3ag7XM4aMw6iSfSVinvvlW1Ry
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