How to paint acrylics – free videos

Finding quality (and free) online art lessons can be a little bit daunting, so in the next few articles we’re rounding up the best instructional videos we’ve found. We’ll cover oils, drawing, watercolors, and more, but to start with we’re tackling acrylics. Hopefully this can give you newbies somewhere to start, and you established acrylic artists something new to try.

Techniques & materials

Scumbling to create depth and distance

Introduction to acrylic painting techniques

All about acrylic additives – water, glazes, retardants, and more.

Learn two techniques – lifting color off the canvas and spattering color off and onto the canvas.

Learn the “scrafito” technique – revealing dried acrylics by manipulating a layer of wet on top.

Basic intro to composition, demonstrated in abstract painting.

How to work with palette knives.

Learning the impasto technique.

Underpainting or sketching out your initial composition.

Going further

Painting fluffy clouds

Learn to paint clouds, part 2

Paint bark on a tree

Painting grass with a fanbrush

Painting a mottled background.

Cold landscape painting – using the palette knife to create texture.

Four seasons – Learn how color and value can help you depict different times of year.

Finally, we have our own small set of how-to art videos, here.

If you know about a good video that we didn’t feature, whether it’s for acrylics or not, send the link!