Acrylic Painting Tutorials, Techniques, Ideas, and Supplies from Beginner to Expert

Welcome to Acrylic Classes, the essential website for all Acrylic artists. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert, our goal is to make you a better Acrylic Painter. How? Simply by giving you all the essential information regarding this beautiful art.

Below, we have highlighted the best acrylic painting techniques as well as what supplies you will need and some easy acrylic paint projects. We also explain the difference between acrylic and oil paint as well as the difference between acrylic and latex paint.


Awesome Acrylic Painting Techniques

We’ve taken the liberty to make up a list of the best acrylic painting techniques for beginners so you can learn more about and practice your craft. Here they are:

Drybrush

This is the act of brushing paint onto dry paper straight out of the tube with a dry brush. It will give out strong edges and deep colors because there is no water to absolve it. 

Washing

Similar to watercolor, you can use water with acrylic to get lighter, more transparent tones. However, the main difference is that water does not activate paint meaning once it sets, it can’t be changed. Try combining washing with dry brushing to get a mixture of textures.

Layering

This technique is as simplified as it sounds. Adding layers to layers to create more depth. Often, you’ll want to start with light layers and get darker as you move up. 

Glazing

Adding a matte medium will make your painting shine like never before. This is called glazing. Many people do this at the end to give the painting a new effect.

Underpainting

Choose a color that contrasts your entire palette to ‘sketch’ your design lightly to begin. After that, use your main palette of colors to paint over the sketch. Your underpainting, though not entirely visible, should add a contrasting touch to your work.

Detailing 

Detailing is done with small, fine-bristle brushes to add artistic flair and a realistic look to your work. It’s exactly the technique you would assume.

Palette Knife

Using a palette knife to apply your acrylic paint is a classic technique to get fine lines and a traditional ‘paint’ look. 

Dabbing

With some sort of object like a sponge or paper towel, simply grab some paint from your palette and add it to your canvas by dabbing it to the sheet.

Splattering

You’ll see a similar technique to this in watercolor. Simply wet your brush, add paint to the tip, and flick or splatter it onto your canvas. This is an abstract technique and is highly unpredictable.

Stippling

This is also known as dotting — you see it in sketching a lot — simply add a patch of dots to a piece for added texture or unique shapes.

Acrylic Pouring Technique

Pouring is just another of the many acrylic painting techniques. We’ve detailed an entire guide with step-by-step photos for your convenience here:


Acrylic Painting Supplies

Here’s what you need for starters:

Acrylic Paint

We’ll answer what is acrylic paint, how to use acrylic paint, and various ways of how to clean acrylic paint. In addition, we’ll compare the various types of acrylic paint like acrylic tubes, metallic acrylic paint, and more!

Best Acrylic Paint Set

Here we’ve reviewed a number of the top brands such as Liquitex Acrylic Paint, Golden, Michaels, Arteza, and Apple Barrel.

Best Acrylic Paint Pens

Acrylic pens are an important supply for the craft. We’ll go over all you need to know here.

Best Acrylic Paint Markers

Montana acrylic markers are widely known as the top acrylic paint marker in the industry. Here’s a review of a popular Montana acrylic marker set.

Acrylic Ink

Here’s everything you need to know about acrylic ink and how to use it.


Easy Acrylic Painting Tutorials

On our blog, you will find a variety of step by step acrylic painting tutorials. To get you started, check out some of the tutorials below:

Acrylic landscape paintings

Here is our collection of easy acrylic landscapes to do if you’re just starting out.


Acrylic vs Oil Paint

Many people don’t know the difference between oil paint vs acrylic. We’ve put together something that will answer many questions you may have such as ‘is acrylic paint oil based?’ and ‘can you paint acrylic over oil?’

You can learn all the differences and similarities here. Make sure acrylic is the right medium for you before you get started!


Acrylic Painting for Beginners Guide

Want more acrylic painting tips? Our blog is full of them — that’s a good place to start. If you have time to experiment, you can check out one of our many tutorials or just sign up for our newsletter where we will continue to share tutorials all the time!

We hope this has been helpful on your artistic journey.

Happy painting! 🙂


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