Acrylic Paint: How To Paint A Sky And Clouds Using Acrylics

Acrylics, Beginner, Painting | 31 Oct, 2012

In this short humble video you are taught how to achieve a sky using basic wash principles. Thoroughly saturating the canvas with water applied by a large brush followed by the introduction of an artist’s medium known as ‘Gesso’ to then prime the surface. It is then a case of washes and grading to finalise the sky alongside the confident use of ample amounts of white acrylic to create bold natural looking clouds. Enjoy.

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    1. @Nunyabizzification Helllo, I like painting with acrylics and I paint use it like oils. I teach art as well as paint. have a gallery and online presents. I am just getting my page started so I don’t have much on it yet.

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    2. The acrylics are wonderful to work with, but they do dry superfast. Definitely have to mix them with “the stuff”. (That’s what I call it.) My art teachers never offered it to us students years ago. Guess they wanted us to have a challenge. πŸ™‚

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    3. @Goring456 it was retarder mixed with water which helps keep the acrylic paint from drying too fast. That’s also why she was wetting the canvas prior to painting: to help the paint retain its moisture long enough for you to work with it to how you want it

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    4. it was retarder mixed with water which helps keep the acrylic paint from drying too fast. That’s also why she was wetting the canvas prior to painting: to help the paint retain its moisture long enough for you to work with it to how you want it

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    5. Is she on crack? Holy hell woman, slow down. I also dislike that she says “You gotta paint fast cause acrylics dry really fast,” no they don’t. Maybe if you’re an oil painter and you’re used to it NEVER drying acrylics might not be your thing, but honestly, it takes around 10 minutes for any of my paintings to dry to the touch let alone completely dry and I use acrylics.

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    6. Hi, I tried that technique because it seemed easy and all, but when i first tried it it gave me a full canva of the same blue…my second attempt with a lighter blue started to get lighter only at the far bottom of my canva (and thats not where my sky is suppose to be ;)) I’ve wet my canva and putted gesso on it both times. Please help me, i’m new to acrylic and it would really help me if i could make sky that easy

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    7. Honestly, I’ve been using acrylics for three years and it doesn’t dry extremely fast.It’s usually around 10 minutes before it’s truly dry, so I don’t understand what the fuss is about it drying so quickly. In fact, when I start with backgrounds I end up WAITING a minute or so for it to dry in order for me to progress further. If anyone is interested in using acrylics, my best advice for you is to just experiment! Just play around and do things that YOU like. Have fun. πŸ˜€

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    9. No no no no no… that was a complete mess.I’ve been a long time oil painter and wanted to see something on acrylics but that was rushed, badly explained and no-one paints from the side of the canvas, even in a tutorial (it’s about proper technique too).I see this was made in 2007 and I only hope your teaching technique has improved.

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    10. She messed up on her clouds at the end, that’s why she was pissed. See how much paint was at the top of the clouds? There was NO way she was going to be able to do anything with that excess without having a huge cloud. I feel bad for her. Like 9T9 said, she shouldn’t have tried doing this from the side, it set her up for failure.

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    12. Nonetheless it’s true that if someone gilded you, you would very likely die. However, death would result from what amounts to an extreme case of heatstroke. Paint would clog the pores, thus preventing perspiration and ruining the body’s principal means of heat regulation. You’d develop a high fever, and after a few days of unbearable suffering you would expire. Lead or other toxic substances in the paint might contribute to your demise.

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