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Don't be limited by the selection of wall art you can find in stores... create your own! Americana acrylics and other DecoArt products can easily be used to create custom canvas wall art for your home. Whether you want to create some temporary art for a nursery or a more substantial piece to hang over your bed or living room sofa, we have all the inspiration you need to put brush to canvas.
Learn about the properties of acrylic paints and using them for canvas art.
Explore the properties and different styles of canvases available to create wall art.
Select the proper brush style and size for the technique you are trying to execute.
Learn the basics of blending paints to help add depth to your art.
Add dimension to paintings by painting within the outer edge of a subject or design.
Use a clean, minimally loaded brush to create different effects.
Add a small amount of black and white to tone down your paint color for a softer look.
Add lighter colors to a subject to represent a light source in your painting.
Apply a new color or the same color over an existing color to add a sense of depth
Mark the boundaries of a design without following exactly to create movement in a painting.
Create small dots of paint using a pouncing motion to shade or highlight a design.
Add a darker color to a subject to give depth and shadows.
Add water to paint to create a thin, transparent layer.
Paint lines to mark the boundaries of an object or design element.
Acrylics dry quickly, making it difficult to blend colors and edges. Use a filbert brush to go over the area you want to blend and then finish with a clean, dry brush to soften your edges.
Keep the bristles of your brush in water when you aren't using it to paint to prevent the paint from drying. Never leave your brush soaking up to the handle because it will cause the lacquer to peel away from the wood and ruin your handle. Clean brushes with soap and water when finished and thoroughly dry them before storing.
Colors tend to dry a bit darker, so take this into consideration when choosing your paint colors. When in doubt, choose the lighter color and add layers of it until you reach the color you desire.
Acrylics might dry out natural fiber brushes, causing them to become brittle over time. Synthetic brushes hold the paint well, are less expensive, and are easy to clean compared to natural fiber brushes.
Acrylic paint can be thinned with water or a glazing medium to be used like watercolor.
Masking tape applied over already-dried acrylic paint will not damage the existing paint, thus making it easier to produce a hard or sharp edge.
Glass or high-density plastic makes a great reusable palette because acrylic paints will not cling to them, making clean-up easy.