Painting Basics : Blending Acrylic Paint | Asha Hanna | Skillshare

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Painting Basics : Blending Acrylic Paint

teacher avatar Asha Hanna, Visual Artist Based in NYC

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4 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Painting Basics : Blending Materials

    • 2. Painting Basics : Blending part 1

    • 3. Painting Basics : Blending part 2

    • 4. Painting Basics : Blending Demonstration

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Painting Basics is a series of classes that teach you the absolute basic things you need to get started painting anything! In this class, you will learn some basic blending techniques to blend acrylic paint.

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Asha Hanna

Visual Artist Based in NYC


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1. Painting Basics : Blending Materials: you guys, I'm Ahsha, and this is painting basics, so you're gonna need a few materials to blend. First, you're gonna need some paintbrushes. I was suggest getting a small or round paintbrush and a flat square paintbrush. Um, these two are really great for a blending, depending on the technique. So I would really recommend using one or both of these. The next material that you're going to need that is a really great when you use it with acrylic paints to blend is retarded. ER with tartar allowed you to have more time to blend, which makes your blends look a lot better. The next material that you're going to need is paint. I like to use golden brand paint. This is the heavy body acrylic. Those are the main materials that you're going to need. I definitely would suggest getting a cup of water, getting a paper towel and having something to paint on like a sheet of paper, canvas paper or a piece of canvas. 2. Painting Basics : Blending part 1: Hey, guys. So we're going to get started and start off with our first blending technique. We're going to be using yellow and blue, so I'm just putting yellow and blue on each side of a square to show you for demonstration purposes. When you get started, Teoh mix the colors. You're going to use a flat, sweeping motion. Teoh. Bring the color from one side to the other, and it'll start mixing with the color that you wanted to mix with. So the blue is mixing with the yellow when it's making a green, you're gonna want to make sure that you do a good job at mixing the colors so you might spend a couple strokes in one place just to mix the colors well. And don't be afraid to do that. Um, it could take a short amount of time or a long amount of time. That just depends on the strength of the color, and that is the end result. The next blending technique we're gonna be using is a glazing technique. You'll be using a gel medium to put the blue over the yellow, so I placed yellow down first and covered the entire square and what you're gonna want to do is make sure that that dries. Once that dries, you're going to make a mixture of gel medium what I did as I took a little dot of blue and mixed it with maybe 1/4 sized amount of gel medium, and you're just gonna take that mixture. And, as you can see, go over the dried yellow color and you'll see as you paint that it'll be transparent and you can see through it and you'll be the yellow under with the Blue Joe. Medium mix on top will create ah hue of green. 3. Painting Basics : Blending part 2: for the third technique, I'm going to show you how you can do another blending technique which is called stumbling. I'm putting down two colors to show how to do that technique. So right now I'm gonna use blue and white, and what you're gonna want to dio is in a kind of sort of random fashion fashion. You can literally scrub the paper in, back and forth, up and down. Um, I tend to do a circular motion to blend the two colors together, and you're just going to keep on doing that, going back and forth between two colors and so you get the desired effect. As you can see, I'm adding some more whites when one side Teoh help keep us move gradation a smooth transition between the colors. And I'm just mixing that in you and more. And now I'm going in with blue on the opposite side to again make sure that the transition between the colors is what I I would like to have a white Why dish blue, middle tone and then, uh, Grady int into the blue. Another technique that I use often is called dry brushing. Now, this is more of a brushstroke technique, but you can also use this to blend. So as you can see, I started with blue on one side, and the key is to do not add water when you're doing this. Hence dry brushing. Um, you start on one side and you kind of and this also has to do with pressure. You want Teoh. As you move more to the right or the left, apply less pressure to the brush and also make sure that you're losing paint to kind of give that blending effects. As you can see, more of the color of the paper shows through as there's less paint on the brush and I'm less pressure than I'm using. 4. Painting Basics : Blending Demonstration: