Acrylic Paint Washes & Techniques

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The term "wash" is used to describe the process of mixing acrylic paint with water. Learn about acrylic paint washes and techniques with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth, and I'm going to show you how to use acrylic paint washes and techniques. A wash is some acrylic paint out of the tube mixed with some water. So, I'm going to have you squeeze out two primary colors; primary colors being red, yellow and blue and I chose to squeeze out some yellow and some blue onto my palette. And take any brush you would like and just dip it into your water and let it soak up the water and then drip the water onto one little area of your paint. And do this a couple of times until your paint is really watered down. Then, you're going to brush your paint onto your paper canvas, feeling how smooth it is now that it's really watered down. Now, I'm going to clean my brush off and do the same thing with my other color, really filling it with water until you get a nice thinned out wash. And you can lay that color down next to your other color. Now, the exciting part is when you overlap those colors, they're going to mix together to create, in this case, green. And there's so much you can do with playing around, with layering washes together. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you acrylic paint washes and techniques.

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