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How To Paint Loose With Acrylics And Mixed Media

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

How To Paint Loose With Acrylics And Mixed Media

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

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4 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Design & Composition

    • 3. Materials & Design

    • 4. Step-By-Step Demo

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About This Class


In this class I will share a demonstration on painting loose with acrylics and mixed media. If you want to discover ideas on how to loosen up and paint more freely this class is for you.

I've included the design and finished painting images along with the inspirational photograph so you can give it a try on your own.

Materials used in this class;

  • #2 pencil
  • standard drawing paper
  • heavy body acrylics
  • collage paper


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1. Introduction: What's up, you guys? Robert Joyner here and welcome to another skill share class and this course I am going to teach you ideas and methods own dorm what I do best and that is painting loose. But if you've taken my courses, you know that I believe in good quality fundamentals because they are the gateway to painting any style, someone, these lessons. I'm going to create this lovely Les Escape painting using some of my favorite methods, and that's painting with acrylics, some collage ing and then using abstract beginnings. But make no mistake about it. It all starts with good design, so we will kick it off with that and then move into the set up where I go over my materials with you. And then I'll show you a step by step demo that's loaded with ideas on how you can loosen up and make art fun. Hope you enjoy the class and thanks for your support 2. Design & Composition: all right for this particular design, it's going to be a portrait layout typically like to put a couple of the side by side and that we have these buildings coming in from the left. Some trees, they have this really tall vertical of the lamp. I like to get a couple of these lamps and just for perspective. So it would be something like that. Rising is roughly in here. All this is shadow heavy shadow in there. And then we have horizon back in here, which is just some buildings. I'll try to make an interesting shape out of it. I don't want to do much, so we're gonna have a main focal point. And here, which will cut into that background and will be this kind of old Chevy looking car. I'm not really particularly interested in trying to make this look exactly like the Chevy, but if I get it, fine. If not, I'm not gonna worry about it. And then I want a figure roughly in here, and we can do Ah, maybe one more in the background there. And over here, there's another vehicle, something like that. Then we have kind of very organic palm trees, something like this. So something like that is what I'm after. I want to elevate this, but more shadows going across. Probably some dark value. And here and here and then into the shadow car, something like that. I think I'll bump this figure back a little bit and probably a little negative space and there, which I can't really get. I'll refine it right here. And this is where you get your abstract qualities. You guys, um, having these little designs thought out and before you get into the painting itself is ah to me, uh, that makes sense, because you can start to envision how you want all of these shapes to look before paint even hits the paper. And then as you get into the painting itself, you had this idea of how you want to do it. I like to think about that as designed abstraction, because what you're doing is you're designing your way to abstract qualities. So now a little bit tighter, but still loose. And then I work. So now I can take that idea and move it into final paintings. 3. Materials & Design: so palette, which is kind of what I've been using lately is the same as maybe what you've seen before. So corn, Akron own magenta, COBOL blue Ah, permanent violet, burnt sienna, yellow Oakar, cad, red light cat, yellow light, titanium weight. And then over here on the bottom right hand corner. I have a little neutral tent and that is water color. These are all heavy body acrylics. I've done the drawing. I can kind of go off that if I want so But I mean by that is I don't necessarily have to put a layout in here, but if I did not could use a little charcoal pencil here, get a feeling of where this car will be and where the shadow will be. And then we had the other car over and here, background figures, light poles. And then we have the little palm trees and stuff going on in there. So I just kind of use that as my rough layout probably got a little off camera there, but that's OK. And so that covers the design, the materials and the last thing I'll show you here. Actually, a couple of things still will be the paper. This is a 14 by 11 Bristol paper. I have a piece of cardboard underneath. This is a cardboard pallet. Have a small square medium fan. Synthetic large, round. Small liner. Number 10 pointed around. This is actually a watercolor brush. A small watercolor brush. This is a travel size. I just use that for details once in a while. And then I have my little wildcard brush here, which is my outline or brush. All right, so that covers the materials off camera. I do have a little bit of water. I have a sponge all tap once in a while to get excess water off. You curious about the brand I use? I'm using you tracked, but I'm also using the whole buying watercolor. And I have some collage paper, a little bit of mod podge on the side. And I may use that. I also keep inks handy again. I don't know if I'm gonna use it, but I would just share this with you. So off to my left. Here I have these acrylic inks, different hues, disagreeing some yellows. You never know when the inspiration and the opportunity will strike to use those things, and they all had their qualities. Obviously, with collage, you can put a big piece of paper down, cover some area, put in some color inks are transparent. So no matter what you you use, you could put a transparent layer down and get rocking and rolling. So anyhow, that's material was layout, overview of my design. And then in the next video, I'll start the painting. 4. Step-By-Step Demo: So with this one, there's a lot of white space in here. And the car I'm going to make red. So I think what I'll do first the slam, some bread on that car, the roof will be white, which I can get later on. So now just kind of smearing that around a little bit, just mixing in a little bit of orange. So it's not all the same now. Want to go ahead, use some of these violets. I'll do my best to get the pain in there, but or my palate. Um, this I tend to move around a little bit as I go, So if it moves out of the picture, I apologize. I do my best. I kind of like that little white space there that little right now. I want to start. You think about these this collage, how that's gonna work. I think we're going to bring that car down a little bit, which means this one will come down to something like that. I can connect him to like that. It's not gonna hurt because I want to make sure I get plenty the white space and there for that sky in off camera. I have some more of this paper. So what I'll do is ah, make some of these, um cuts in it on. This can be some of the buildings And what not I go in here like, so I think that would be interesting. I think it was a little bit too tall. So I just kind of do something like that to start and now, having a little bit of mod podge down, I'll try toe, show you a little bit. This is I go So you don't fall asleep on me. Nothing really exciting there. I want to bring that down right here. You have these little light blues and here is well on the more I look at that Ah, inspiration image I'm using the more that blues thes blues. I see. So I think it be fun. Teoh can use some of that and the painting. Big old water burns. You know, my finger. It's a little something here on Let's go with one more piece. Maybe, um, they're gonna clean my brush off camera. Now I'm going to mix up a little bit of titanium white with some hooker before I do that I want to grab my fan brush here a little bit of neutral tent, a little bit of violet and get thes shadows going. You like that? Now, I can look at these wait paper again, cut out a shape that I think will work for the roof of the car. I saw this little interesting pencil mark there. We'll use that throw the when shield in there, coming here with some blues, violets and start to get the little details of the car. And we have some headlights Will bumper there. I want a nice pop of red going across. I was going to cool some of these details off and there, All right. Using my little floppy here, I think I'm going to go with a color So a little bit of red in this that will be suited for the sidewalk and then the street put a little bit of violet in that for the street. And again, I apologize if, um, this thing goes off camera once in a while. The palate a little more violet. And what kind of get that running in here? All right. So white, almost pure white. Here, touch Oakar, touch that in air. Just in a few places, I'll grab a clean brush. We'll go right into the jar here. Something like that. Off camera. I'm getting a little more collage here. Just a little touch right in there. Now want to dry everything off? I'll use a drier. All right, All of that is dry. Now, a little more. Make sure I get everything and can't focus here on the camera. But that gives me a lot of leverage having a dry. So now I can get in here and layer. I can basically paint over top of dry paint and create some transparent qualities. But it's good to have it at this point, Teoh to kind of get control. And it's so easy to lose control of a painting, especially when you're painting loose. So this gives that back to me. So now I'm going to strengthen Ah the shadows a little bit when he used burnt Sienna, some jokers or I'm sorry, some violet, the magenta. There will be a neutral tent, and we have these shadows, like so kind of run this one across. Catch this car, we can put ah, the windshield on it all these shadow color to be the same. And now I'll go with a little bit later value here. And Hugh is more of a blue and want to elevate some of the structure back here like that. Little seeing a little poker, little neutral tent. And I want to get some of these verticals in here. We have a little stop light in there. No, we have those figures coming across the street for walking down the sidewalk. Oh, camera little bit. Ahmad, Kaj and glue. All right, Now, moving into some really light colors here. Got a little neutral 10 on it. Read. Define some of these shapes and just stingrays. One, a few vertical was in there. Keep the high in the picture. Right? So we've got figures here. Car action. It's, um, nonsense. Over here. A little bit of shape there, through some detail in the car. A couple of tires put off to some sort of light over there, and it's bringing in some details. I really wanted to do a stick, a little palm tree in here, if I can Negative space paying around that. And I didn't mean to do that, and we got a little sparkling, that one moving all over the place again. A little bit of red permanent violet neutral tent and its refining some of these shapes few windows in there. I'm Dr It off, so I'll get a picture of that natural light. But hopefully can see how a little bit of design goes a long way. Let's try this off. See an opportunity there, dio maybe 1/3 vehicle, but yeah, a little bit of design, but a composition a little bit of thought, you know, goes a long way and helping you pay any style. But certainly if you want to go expressive, you want to Ah, nowhere is going before you start because if not, you're gonna end up painting yourself in circles and finding yourself another profession or hobby. We don't want you to do that. As this was drying, I noticed the figures just seemed a little small. Pretty easy fix. I'm going to position the faces first, so just I think roughly in this area that height will be better. Yeah, I use a little quinacrine own violet blues mixed with some neutral tent and something like that is better. Now I can start to see the shape of that. A lot cleaner that's going to run that shadow over plate of that value, their shirt clean, my brush off. Really good. Andi thinking that, uh, push this a little more red pretty good. This is going to change this. You ever so slightly. We'll highlight there. Figures look a lot better. No more proportion to where they need to be. And now signature. And I'm done. I hope you enjoy the demo as much as I did. Making it getting that designed down. Getting familiar with your subjects are all part of painting loosely. So hopefully that's what I showed you and I'll see you guys in the next one.