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8 Palettes for Acrylic Painting

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There are a wide variety of palettes available for acrylic painting. In this post I cover every palette that I have tried and I explain what their advantages and disadvantages are. I also offer tips on how to arrange your colors on the palette in the most efficient manner. These palettes aren’t listed in any specific order. Visit my recommended …

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How to Mix Sky Blue with Acrylic Paint

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When people mention “Sky Blue” they are usually referring to a generic light blue color, instead of the exact color of a blue sky. In this article, I demonstrate how to mix a variety of colors that could be used as Sky Blue. I also demonstrate how to match the exact color of the sky from direct observation. Sky Blue …

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How to Mix Red

In Acrylic Painting, Color, Watercolor by Chris Breier2 Comments

I’ve never taken a painting class that teaches how to mix Red. If the class covers color theory at all, they teach that red is a primary color and that you can’t mix it from other colors. This isn’t true. You can mix red with just two colors; Quinacridone Magenta, and Hansa Yellow Medium. This is not a new idea. …

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How to Make Acrylics More Vibrant

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If your acrylic paintings contain dull and flat colors, the following tips will help you to create paintings that are bright and vibrant. In fact, I have to restrain myself when it comes to color so I don’t create acrylic paintings that are too garish! The most important step in achieving vibrant* colors is to start with the most saturated …

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Why do Acrylics Dry Darker

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Acrylic paints have a tendency to dry darker which can make it difficult to match colors. The color may appear to match when it’s wet, but then it dries darker. This can be frustrating, but with a few tips you will be able to compensate for it intuitively. Matte acrylics can actually dry lighter but since the majority of acrylics …