Acrylic is an easy water-based medium to work with that cleans up easily from most surfaces with soap and warm water. However do protect your clothing to prevent possible stains.
- Always be sure to select a well-lit space to work on your project.
- Stir paints thoroughly with toothpick or brush handle before using.
- Paint in small areas first and work towards larger areas. Details in faces are important, so for portraits we recommend starting with the eyes.
- Before changing paint colors, rinse your brush gently with water.
- To prevent paints from thickening, close each lid securely after use. If paint becomes thick, add one drop of clean water at a time until desired consistency.
- Lighter colors may require additional coats of paint for desired coverage, but keep in mind that acrylics dry to a slightly darker tone.
- For a finer brush tip, trim brush fibers to a point using scissors. If you paint a number field with the wrong color, allow the area to dry, then repaint using the correct color.
These techniques may help you fine-tune your artwork. To be sure you get the desired effect, try them out before using them on your canvas.
Go Lightly -Painting conservatively in thin layers will preserve the genuine canvas texture without completely sealing it.
Highlighting -Once dry, select a lighter color than the painted area. Apply color to a dry brush and streak until the paint is tacky. Apply lightly to highlight canvas texture.
Blending -As you complete a number field, use the bristles of a dry brush to blend the wet edge with the adjacent field, softening the contrast.
Streaking -Softly paint fine streaks of a lighter shade over a darker shade. This is a good technique to add texture to hair and backgrounds.
Glossy Finish -To saturate colors with a brilliant shine that protects, you may add a clear gloss layer. Brush a Gloss Medium and Varnishover the completely dried painting. Brush one coat horizontal, allow to dry. Brush a second coat vertically, allow to dry.
Allow your painting to dry 24 hours before inserting your canvas into a frame. Glass is not necessary when framing painted canvas pieces. Congratulations, you are an original Paint by Numbers Artist! Now you can…
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