Dry Brushing with Artists' Acrylics

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Tips & Techniques: Dry Brushing with Artists' Acrylics
 

This technique uses a dark field and Artists' Acrylics are dry-brushed over the top.

What you will need:

step 1

Here are the materials I'll be using for my painting of Daniel: Crescent Watercolor Board, an assortment of Liquitex and Matisse Acrylics, which are layed out on an Enamel Butcher Tray on folded, wet paper towels.

step 2

Here I've laid in a background acrylic wash of phthalo green, red oxide and burnt sienna, using a Hake brush.

step 3

Using reference, I start to pick out the negative shapes behind the large Macrocarpa Tree.

step 4

I'm working with the negative shapes, using red-orange colors to establish a complimentary color scheme.

step 5

Here, I'm starting to define the light areas on Daniel with a dry-brush technique. I'm using a variety of DAS Series 9000 brushes. This is a hard wearing synthetic bristle brush.

step 6

finisheddaniel

This is the finished painting after I have glazed the entire painting with Liquitex Yellow Orange Azo, to enhance the color harmony.

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