PAINTING A LANDSCAPE IN ACRYLIC
HOW TO PAINT A LANDSCAPE IN ACRYLIC?
APPLYING THE GREYS
Mix titanium white and ivory black on the palette to create three shades of grey: light grey, medium grey and dark grey. Apply the light grey with a flat brush to create the mountain’s outline, keeping the white of the canvas for the sky. Then, using a slightly dampened spalter brush, fill in a flat area by applying the colour with a quick gesture. Draw your sketch in charcoal, taking into account the different areas of the image, then apply the medium grey colour, filling in the shapes. Repeat this process by superimposing the dark grey on the darker parts of the image.
DILUTING THE PAINT
Mix the gloss medium with the paint to achieve sufficient dilution. This should give a nice coloured transparency, which will allow you to create a gradient with a Spalter from blue to coral red.
Brush the coral red on the mountains again to bring out the light. And finally, khaki green across the plain.
We recommend starting with a primary colours set and adding a few colour tubes of your choice. When mixing, place your colours on the palette with enough space between them so that they stay clean. To darken or lighten your tones, avoid adding black and white as these will dull the colours. Instead use the primary (yellow, cyan and magenta) and secondary (orange, green and purple) colours. If you need to increase drying time of your colour mix, add a bit of retarder medium.
A glaze is a thin transparent and smooth coloured layer applied on a dry layer. To create a glaze, simply dilute a colour using a gloss fluid medium until obtaining a nice transparent coloured textured. This technique aims to bring luminosity to the painting.
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