Acrylic Painting Ideas for Beginners | How to Blending Techniques | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 41


– [Mako] Hey guys, in today’s
Art Journal Thursday episode, I’m going to show you
different blending techniques using acrylic paint for beginners on three different examples
so you can practice with them. (gentle music) Don’t forget to click on the
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first 24 hours for a chance to get a shout out and to
win arts and crafts supplies in my ongoing giveaway. Now let’s jump into the tutorial. Let’s divide the paper
into three sections so we can work on three art pieces at a time. You can use masking tape or Washi tape or just divide the paper with a pencil, but tape will definitely
make your life easier. Now for all the artwork, I
will be using white, red, blue, yellow and brown
colored acrylic paint. The first painting has a really soft look and to achieve that, we will
break the paint with lots of white paint during the process. The first way how you can
easily blend acrylic paint is to create a wet surface
using white acrylic paint. Begin by applying a coat
of white acrylic paint to the top part of the paper
and then mix a little bit of brown with yellow and
white acrylic paint to create a less vibrant shade of yellow. Now, go ahead and
distribute the paint on top of the white layer we just
created from one side to another, back and forth while moving
downwards and upwards from time to time. It’s important to work
quickly as acrylic paint dries rather fast. I would recommend to use a
flat brush because it will be easier for you to distribute
the paint more evenly. I also mix in a little bit
more white paint on top to make the yellow even
softer and pastel looking. Next, mix a little bit of red
with the white colored paint to create a pastel pink. Now apply the paint right
below the yellow layer the same way while
carefully moving upwards. This way you blend the
pink into the yellow color until you used up all the pink paint. Here it’s important to
blend only the upper part of the pink color to
avoid mixing too much pink into the yellow paint. Then you can go back with
your almost paint free brush and use it to blend the
paint even more while moving the brush from one side to the other. I also mix in a little bit of
blue right below the pink area and mix in a little bit
of pink while blending all three colors together
the same way as we just did with the yellow and pink paint. So go up with one color and
go down with the second color while moving the brush
from one side to another. Since the paint is still wet, you can really play around with it. I used even more white
paint on top and blended it into the colors below. If you feel like your paint is too dry, you can always use a
little bit of water to make it a little bit easier for you
to blend everything together. Next, I mix a purple color
and used that for the horizon that I carefully blended
out upwards to create a very subtle layer of
purple in the background. Here we are going to
create mountains later. Now we just need to repeat
the steps for the other half of the painting. Here we’re going to create
the water reflection of the sky we just created. I applied a thick layer of
white paint as the first layer and blended in blue color paint on top the same way as in the beginning. Next, I use my pastel
yellow color and applied it a little bit further
away from the blue paint and blended downwards
while moving the brush from one side to another. This way we have more
room for the two colors to blend together as we have
to cover up more space here. Once you’ve reached the blue part, go upwards again and repeat the movement. You want to move the
yellow paint further down and the blue paint further
up so they blend smoothly into each other in the middle. Then I repeat the same steps
with the pink and blue color. If you feel like you want to
make the colors even softer, you can use more white paint
and carefully distribute it over the different colors. And now it’s time to create the horizon between the sky and the water. For this step, I use a dark
shade of blue colored paint and create a few hills right below the lighter shade of blue. Then I create the same shapes
right below just mirrored while leaving out a little
bit of space in between. This way it will look more like a water reflection far, far away. Then I just went ahead and
created another thin layer of white acrylic paint on
top because it still felt like the colors were too vibrant for the look I was going for. Afterwards, I used the
same color to create a few more light reflections on the water. I don’t always have to create
a layer of white paint first. For the next painting, we
are going to create a sunset. First begin by applying
some orange colored paint to the lower half of the paper. Here I mixed yellow, red
and white acrylic paint to soften the color. Next, use a little bit of
red and blend it right below the orange color. Again, move the brush
from one side to another while going upwards and downwards. For the third and fourth color, I use brown and blue colored paint and mix ’em together the same way. Since now you laid down
the first layer of paint, you can use that to blend
even more paint on top to make it easier for you. This serves like the white layer of paint that we used in the first painting. Now you can repeat the steps
for the rest of the painting. Apply more yellow and
blue paint to the paper and blend both right in the
middle by moving the brush from one side to another
and mixing between going slightly upwards
and downwards again. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The best part about acrylic paint is that you can simply paint over it. So if you don’t like
the way it turned out, let it dry and try it again. I also decided to add a
layer of white paint on top because I wanted to make
the colors look more soft and really experimented with colors until I was happy with the shades. Now while this layer of paint is drying, we can prepare the background
for the third painting. Here we are going to create a night sky with mountains below. First, I applied a thick
layer of purple colored paint to the top part of the painting. Then applied white
acrylic paint just below while blending it out
into the purple color. Then I repeat the steps
with the red, yellow, and orange color and distribute
the paint the same way until I was happy with the result. Let the paint dry for
now and in the meantime, you can go back to the second painting and add more details. Here you can paint
anything you want on top. I decided to paint a few palm trees using black colored
paint in difference sizes and a moon above. For the moon, I trace a round
shape using a white fine liner to create the shape of the moon and then used white acrylic paint to
create the pattern on top. You don’t have to be
super precise with it. Rather, focus on the pattern
that is really obvious like lighter and dark areas. For the details in the third painting, I decided to paint mountains
again using different colors. For the mountains in the
background, I use a purple color and for the ones in the
front, black acrylic paint. While painting the mountains, I left a little bit of the
orange color in between. This is going to be a really
bright area that can look like a city in between the
mountains during the night. I also decided to make the
colors little bit more vibrant in the second painting but you don’t really have to do that. The next blending technique I wanted to show you is scumbling, where you apply a very
thin coat of opaque paint to give a softer or duller effect. The key here is to use a dry
brush and very little paint. Dip your brush into a little bit of paint and spread it over the
dry areas of your painting in a circular motion back and forth. This technique can create
a really dreamy effect, more depth and interesting
patterns in your painting. Think about this technique
as rubbing the very last bits of paint from the brush onto the painting, leaving a little bit of color behind. I wouldn’t recommend to use
your best brushes for that because you will wear them out eventually, so rather use a cheap brush
that you can sacrifice for this technique. I use this technique for
the lower part and the water of the first painting to
create different textures in the clouds and for
different light reflections in the mountains. Once you practice this
technique a few times, you’ll be able to create
really interesting patterns and depth in your painting
really effortlessly. I also use this technique
in one of my other paintings like the water lilies
by Monet and it created a really nice, dreamy effect. Lastly, I added few stars
to the sky because you can never go wrong with
that, and also intensified a few colors and created
more depth in different areas with this common technique
until I was happy with the result. And this is the final result. What do you guys think? Now you know two different
blending techniques that you can experiment with
to create different effects a huge shout out to LittleMiss Greed. Thank you so much for your support. I really hope you enjoyed this
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Dereck Turner

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