On Tuesday, I posted a tutorial on creating monochromatic watercolour paintings. Today, I am back with the second part of this tutorial focused on how to create monochromatic works of art with acrylic paints. To refresh your memory, here is a look at my four paintings.
The pink and purple pieces are watercolour paintings and the orange and blue are acrylic paintings. Both projects are super simple and I was able to finish all four paintings in under an hour. How’s that for instant gratification?
Acrylic Monochromatic Paintings
Acrylic is a very different medium when compared to watercolour. Acrylic paint goes on much thicker and can be used to create bolder, more painterly lines and textured impasto. While I prefer the look of the watercolour paintings, E likes the acrylic paintings.
To complete this project you will need:
- 1 sheet of matte paper or canvas
- 1 paint brush (I used a foam bruch that was about 1 inch thick)
- 1 tube of acrylic paint in your favourite colour
- 1 tube of white acrylic paint
- a piece of wax paper to mix your paints on
Preparing to paint
Take a out a piece of wax paper and squeeze a glob of coloured paint on one edge of the paper and a glob of white paint on the opposite edge.
Painting the Canvas
Pick up a glob of the coloured paint with the paint brush and draw the first vertical line on the page. Once your first line is on the page you can start mixing varying hues of the single colour you selected. Control the hue of the colour by mixing in varying quantities of white paint. Select a relatively dark second shade to paint your second line, and gradually add lighter strokes. Again, this is accomplished by gradually increasing the quantity of white paint mixed with the colour of your choice.
To achieve the thick texture impasto look on the page, squeeze a small of l amount paint directly onto the canvas and mix it in using vertical brush strokes. Don’t worry about being too neat and tidy, the appearance of brush strokes and partially blended colour adds to the character of your piece.
Before you hang your painting, be patient and let the paint dry. It took a full 18 hours for my paint to be dry. Keep in mind, the thicker the paint, the longer the drying time. Once the painting is dry, place it in a frame, hang it up, and admire your work of art!
I was so happy with how this project turned out! It inspired me to make a set of colourful blinds for the adjacent window. I just hung them up and they look awesome! If you want to more details on the the colourful no-sew blinds, check back here on tuesday!