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Three Great YouTube Tutorials on Painting with Acrylics

Acrylic paint is one of the most misunderstood mediums for painters - sometimes labelled the 'cheap man's oil paint' or an 'entry level medium' but we're here to show you how flexible and effective the medium of acrylic painting can be, if approached in the right way!


Video title: Acrylic Painting for Beginners

YouTube channel: Art Prof: Create & Critique

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners by Alex Lowe
Acrylic Painting for Beginners by Alex Lowe

Tutor Alex Lowe gives an inspiring introduction to painting with acrylics - covering the basics of which materials to use, which colours and brushes are good for beginners and also some great explanations of basic techniques.


What makes this video great is that Alex approaches this introduction as an artist first and foremost, so for example, his recommended palette of colours for the beginner is designed to steer the novice away from making assumptions about which colours to use and instead to really look at the subject and develop an eye for what is really in front of you. No pure black and white paint here - a sentiment echoed by virtually all accomplished artists and tutors!


Video title: 5 tips you should always do when using acrylic paint,Clive5art

YouTube channel: CLIVE5ART

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5 tips you should always do when using acrylic paint by Clive5art
5 tips you should always do when using acrylic paint by Clive5art

This video from Clive is a back-to-basics guide which covers the practical and technical side of acrylic painting, including how to prime your canvas with gesso, how to create a 'wet pallet' and more. So it's maybe not as inspiring as Alex Lowe's introduction to acrylic paints, but it does contain some absolutely crucial advice from a professional which, if we're being honest, plenty of seasoned painters could most likely benefit from!

Clive's guide is an essential watch for anyone new to acrylic painting and is a real must-watch!


Video title: How I Paint with Acrylics!

YouTube channel: Ten Hundred

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How I Paint with Acrylics! by Ten Hundred
How I Paint with Acrylics! by Ten Hundred

In contrast to Clive's video, this is definitely a more inspirational video which shows the very particular creative process of the artist, with no real technical information to help the beginner. However, the true beauty of this video lies in its ability to fire the imagination of the viewer and remind us all of the most important rule of art - THERE ARE NO RULES!

We absolutely love the finished piece shown in this video and the fact that the artist plays by his own rules to create stunning illustrations which just happen to use the medium of acrylic paints!

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