Acrylics 101?

Uh, most likely not.

More like “the basics of acrylics”

This definitely isn’t my area of expertise.

The first time I tried painting was in 2019, just a couple of days ago I swapped both pencils for a paintbrush once more. Majority of the time I wing it, painting is the therapeutic side of art for me. There’s no denying that I suck, or rather lack skill shall I say? But, I’ve read my fair share on it and this is what I’ve learned:

Three of the most recognizable images in Western art history are paintings: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. These three art works are examples of how painting can go beyond a simple mimetic function, that is, to only imitate what is seen. The power in painting is that it transcends perceptions to reflect emotional, psychological, even spiritual levels of the human condition.

When paint is applied to canvas or work surface using a dry brush and paint undiluted by water, you’ll create a strong current of color on the page. Your lines will be uneven, as they won’t have water to soften the edges, but this can be a purposeful effect. You can treat acrylic somewhat like watercolor when you dilute the paint with enough water. However, unlike watercolor, the acrylic paint will set permanently.

Acrylics are a sort of midrange paint choice, because they can mimic the appearance of both oil paints and watercolors, depending on whether you thin them with water. Unlike oils, though, they are water-based and easy to clean up. There are also numerous additives that can completely change the consistency, texture, and even sheen of the acrylic paint. From gels to pastes, acrylic additives offer endless playground for experimentation.

While there are a few tried-and-true techniques don’t limit yourself to the basics! Mix and match methods and techniques, explore the ways of painting that feel right to you. As you develop your skills, you’ll notice that your techniques will become refined into your own unique method of creating art.


This seemed much more in-depth in my head when I thought about it and I imagined a bit lengthier too. For the sake of not spewing nonsense, I’m ending it here anyway 🤣

Flower of life, with ouroboros twist.