How to Stop Acrylic Paint Lines on Canvas

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When acrylic paint is mixed with water, it tends to act very much like watercolor. Because acrylic paint is not an oil-based medium, artists have a lot of flexibility through the use of water and this medium.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint palette
  • Paint brushes
  • Canvas board or stretched canvas
  • Wash station for brushes
  • Be sure the canvas is properly primed with gesso or white acrylic paint prior to working on this project. You will need at least two coats of primer to ensure even coverage, as well as how well the paint will adhere to the canvas's surface.

  • Experiment with how wet you would like your acrylic paint to be. If you are using the acrylic paint to create a paint wash, add some water to the canvas board first with a clean brush. Then, sweep the color across the areas where water has been applied. Blot the paint lightly, and the lines will disappear.

  • Add finer details in your painting. Dip the paint brush into water and directly into the color desired. Then, work on the canvas. Work very lightly with the brush in order to prevent streaking and lines. Try using a very fine-tipped brush for this type of application.

  • Determine if lines are still present. If so, use a very soft brush that is dry or the edge of a craft sponge that is dry to feather away the lines in the paint.

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