Transparency Technique for Acrylic Painting

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The transparency technique for acrylic painting can have a wide variety of different affects on the image you're trying to create. Learn about the transparency technique for acrylic painting 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. I'm an artist out of Portland, Maine and I'm going to show you a transparency technique with acrylic paint. So I have here a already dried exercise that I did with acrylic paint earlier and I'm going to take another color and water it down. And you can either water down your color or you can use something gloss medium or matte medium which is just a clear acrylic medium that you can mix with paint in order to fit it out, make it more fluid, and also make it more transparent. But in this case I'm going to go the cheap route and just use water. You can also take a marker, crayon, colored pencil, any medium you can think of and just draw on to your already dried painted surface. Now I'm going to take my watered down paint and just brush it over my paper. And I want you to experiment with the amount that you thin out the paint. So in certain areas you can have it almost completely watered down. In other areas you can build up the paint more thickly. Just have fun with it. This is one of the wonderful things about acrylic paint is it's versatility and the fact that it dries so quickly allows you to build up many layers in a short period of time. My name is Abbeth and I just showed you a transparency technique with acrylic paint.

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