Make Colorful Textures and Backgrounds with Acrylic Paint

Keren Duchan, Doodler, Teacher

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9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. 01 Welcome!

    • 2. 02 Supplies

    • 3. 03 Dry Brush Basics (One Color)

    • 4. 04 Colorful Experiment

    • 5. 05 Colorful Experiment Continues

    • 6. 06 Assessment

    • 7. 07 Applications

    • 8. 08 Bonus Lesson: Ombre Effect and Wash

    • 9. 09 Your Assignment

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About This Class


In this class, we’re going to free ourselves from the white page using acrylic paint. It’s going to be really easy, and a lot of fun.

I’ll walk you through a few examples, and as always, you’re more than welcome to try many more variations you come up with yourself.

We’ll start off with some basic dry brush textures in one color, and move on to using more colors and trying out all sorts of brush strokes to get a larger variety of textures and backgrounds. We’ll look through the results of our experiment and assess which ones we especially liked and how we might apply them to a future creative project.

This class also includes a bonus lesson for getting a softer look with acrylics, by creating an ombre effect and by experimenting with diluted acrylic paint to create a wash.

The pages we’ll make can be used as a background for doodling, illustration, mixed media art, hand lettering, calligraphy, collage, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and so much more! You can scan them and use them as textures in digital art, or as a wallpaper for your desktop or smartphone. They could also be an abstract and colorful painting all on their own.

Experimenting helps you discover new things, but more importantly, it frees you up from fear of creating, and fear of messing up. Allow yourself to experiment, and it’ll be easier for creativity to flow, and easier to get unstuck.

Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, you’ll be able to make these backgrounds literally in minutes. So this class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as for artists and crafters of all levels.

Acrylic paint is easy to use, easy to clean, and it comes in many vibrant colors, including neon and metallic colors. It’s  inexpensive, versatile, and dries fast.

Are you ready to join me in this creative experiment? Click enroll, and let’s get started!