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Make Colorful Textures and Backgrounds with Acrylic Paint

Keren Duchan, Doodler, Teacher

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9 Videos (31m)
    • 01 Welcome!

      2:14
    • 02 Supplies

      1:56
    • 03 Dry Brush Basics (One Color)

      2:27
    • 04 Colorful Experiment

      3:13
    • 05 Colorful Experiment Continues

      4:39
    • 06 Assessment

      3:24
    • 07 Applications

      5:44
    • 08 Bonus Lesson: Ombre Effect and Wash

      6:09
    • 09 Your Assignment

      1:11

About This Class

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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!

31 of 32 students recommendSee All

Something it seems to be silly on the initial phase. But got awkward seeing it's applications. Feels interesting. I would recommend every body to take up irrespective of their speclisation. As keren illustrates everything with respect to doodling, calligraphy etc. But in my point of view I can make this as a front page of my portfolio. And make mine front page bit interesting. Hats off keren. Waiting for more class. I recommend you to start a forum. Where ppl like us can share and discuss our ideas. Rating 4.9999 out of 5
Great class for making you feel free in art work and practice. Loved it.
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Keren Duchan

Doodler, Teacher

Hi! I'm Keren. I work mostly with traditional media - pen, ink, and watercolor - processing my work at times using Photoshop. My work is mostly experimental, whimsical, colorful, detailed, abstract, and translates easily to a surface pattern.

I'm here to encourage you to follow your creative path, grow your skills and confidence, and have fun with it!

You can also find me on Instagram and on YouTube. Drop me a message - I'm always happy to hear from students and fellow c...

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