Summers are here! And as they step into your front door, they bring along a ride of the new and joyful aura of life. It’s time to pick up your favorite activity and start making the most out of it. If you are an adventurous freak, go out of it and explore it to the fullest. However, if you are more of an indoor person who likes to convey their opus on sheets, then painting is one heck a game for you!
Seeing gorgeous artwork of famous painters has you awestruck and inspired! Yet you, being a beginner, don’t know the exact strokes to strike but are enthusiastic about how to do it, then here are some Simple and Beautiful Acrylic Painting Ideas for Beginners that you can try. Learning about easy acrylic painting techniques and recreating them with your creativity will make them unique.
But before you could actually experiment with the acrylics, you need to get things ready, so let’s jump into it!
What canvas is best for acrylic paint?
There is a variety of canvases that you can have for acrylic painting and it all depends on your budget which canvas you want to get. The most preferable ones are cotton or linen, however, the cotton is much cheaper than linen. Being a beginner, you should prefer for a less costly canvas that is already stretched and primed. However, if you want to get into real artistry business of painting then get an unprimed canvas that you will need to stretch and prime yourself.
Canvas Based On treatments
OIL CANVAS – The oil canvas is a canvas made is a combination of linseed oil mixed with the zinc white as a primer. Further, this is left to dry for three days after which it is sand and a layer of titanium white is applied to it. It is then kept in the drying room for 10 more days. Since you are a beginner, it is advisable that you buy a ready-made oil canvas rather than doing this process at home.
ABSORBENT CANVAS – This type of canvas is made with rabbit skin on which a compound layer of chalk and glue is applied. The layer is applied twice for the canvas to be ready for acrylic painting.
UNIVERSAL CANVAS – The universal canvas are similar to absorbent canvas. The only difference is that they are layers with two layers of titanium white. These are mostly used canvases and are cheaper as well. Being a beginner, this canvas is a good option for you.
Canvases Based On Fabric
- LINEN – The linen fabric canvas is considered a high-quality canvas as compared to the cotton fabric canvas. This is because the canvas has fine threads that are tightly woven so that it appears smoother comparatively. The linen fabric canvas is costlier than others are and therefore it is costly for a newbie. However, this canvas is best for portrait paintings because of the smoother surface.
- COTTON – Being a newbie, you must go for a cotton-based canvas. However, one must keep in mind that cheaper canvases have a lot of work to put into it. The cheaper the canvas in cotton fabric, the lower the quality of its weaves and threads. Go for a canvas with a medium-range in this type.
- SYNTHETIC – This type of canvas is not quite used because it does not prove to have given better results than the other two. Moreover, it may tend to distort if you stretch it too much. However, you can crosshatch and pencil draw on this type of canvas.
- CANVAS ROLLS and CANVAS PADS are also an option that you can try. However, we do not recommend canvas rolls as you will have to stretch and prime it. Canvas pads, on the other hand, are a better option. These thick sheets of paper come in a book-like form that you can use for painting.
The acrylic paints dry up faster. Therefore, you do not need to worry about its drying depending on the canvas type.