Layering And Painting Techniques With Acrylic Paints

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Here are some layering and painting techniques to help with acrylic layering of one color on top of another. To p illustrate these techniques I will use my recent painting to illustrate layering and painting with acrylic paints. Draw a renaissance figure with complete costume and join me.

I have completed working on an Italian Venice renaissance mask with its character dressed in a veiled headpiece and brocade fabric costume. A video illustrating what I am doing would be helpful.however, your interpretation of my instructions may help you to discover unique effects because of how you think I am doing it.

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This painting is a festival where everyone is dressed in their finery. The illustration I am working on is a bronze mask with its costume made of heavy brocade fabric with lace strips and sheer veil fabric.

The mask is layered with shades of titanium white under the eyes, above the mouth and above the chin area. Apply a very light shade of bronze. Apply a thicker coat of bronze on the second layer and thicker coating on the third layer. Observe carefully how the bronze is appearing as a tin textured mask.

The eyes, outline of nose, and lips are painted a darker shade of bronze. Do not make the mistake of inserting eyebrows. This is a mask not a face.

Paint costume with your chosen color. This part is fun. Use a pearl metallic acrylic paint and mix with chosen color. Hint: wet-on-wet technique. The speckled color intensity when applied as a swivel pattern will give the sheen and the embossed appearance which labels the fabric as brocade.

If there is lace trim on your costume dabbing the pearl metallic acrylic will let the first color appear between the dabs giving the illusion of lace holes.

There is a veil covering starting from the very top of the headpiece to the hem of the dress or cloak at the ankle. To create the illusion of sheer fabric water down your hue.

Use a dot of color and lots of water until you see just a hint of hue to create transparency. Use the edge of the flat brush to indicate fold or gathering lines created by flowing fabric with a darker hue. Practice on another sheet before applying to the original painting to prevent brush stroke streaking.

One important key when painting is to know fabric. Paint in the direction of fabric grain.

Improve your layering and painting techniques with acrylic paints. Visit the hobbies section of Tricia Deed at and review Learn Portrait Painting With Acrylic & Oil Paint.


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