How to Paint Snow With Acrylics

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Painting snow with acrylic paints is not as difficult as it sounds, as long as the artist remembers that the white in the snow is never quite white. Create that snowy winter landscape with tips from an award-winning artist in this free video on painting techniques.

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Hello. My name is Jacklyn Laflamme, and I'm a professional artist with JacklynLaflamme.com. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to paint snow. You will need canvas. You will need paint. You will need paintbrushes. You will need a paint palette. Painting snow is not really as difficult as it may sound, but one very important thing to keep in mind is that the white in the snow is never quite white. So, you want to start off with some white paint, but you always want to mix a little bit of extra color in on your brush with it, because in the snow you're always going to have reflections of everything that's around it. So, as you can see, I'm just taking the white and just painting a line, and I'm getting other colors mixed in while I'm doing it. I'm going to go back to my white now, and try to take some pure white and just go over it, and I'm just going to try to paint a little snowdrift over here in the corner. And as you can see, it has a little bit of colors mixed in, so you're already getting the definition of the snowbank. Then you can come here, and start like another snow drift on this side. And again, notice the colors aren't pure white. We'll come in here and kind of paint like a little valley snow scene. Then in the background here, just to give you a quick idea... you could add in a landscape. You could add in a little tree back here. That's just to give you an idea of how you could get your snowdrifts to fit in. But again, getting back to the snow. We'll just add a little bit of blue here, and a little bit of blue here, and again we're going to go back to our white and just mix it in. And if you keep continuing on in this manner, you'll have wonderful snowdrifts with the reflections of the sky and all the elements that are surrounding the snow. This is Jacklyn Laflamme. Thank you for watching.

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