Use professional-grade paint rather than craft paint. Numerous brands are offered at varying pricing points. Professional grade paint will be easier for you to blend and provide better coverage since it contains more pigment. Additionally, the majority of the main companies provide respectable paints for beginners and students.
Acrylic paint dries fast
This may be fantastic if you don’t want to wait days for an oil paint coat to dry, but it might be a bit challenging to blend. With acrylics, it’s best to move fast or to utilise a drying time extender.
Learn how to mix colors
You’ll save money and broaden your colour pallet by learning to mix your own hues and tones. Red, blue, and yellow are the three main hues that you may learn to blend. You may read my post on colour theory to get a sense of how to blend colours.
Acrylic paint generally dries a little darker
Because less pigment and more filler are used in cheaper paint, the dried colour will be darker.
Buy basic colors, to begin with
The best colours to start with are red, blue, yellow, black, white, and an earthy tone like burnt umber. If more hues are needed, you can combine them.
Clean your brushes
each painting session with lukewarm water and light soap. Brushes are quite tough to clean of dried paint.
Synthetic brushes are best for acrylic painting
A brush that isn’t too hard or soft is what you need. The brushes don’t have to be costly, but stay away from the inexpensive dollar store brushes because the bristles start to split after a few usage and regularly shed hair into your paint.
Use a palette knife for mixing paint
For blending and painting, they are also reasonably priced and simple to use. You may use a plastic knife, an old credit card, a craft stick, or anything similar if you don’t have a palette knife.
Painting takes time to learn, and as you practise, your skills improve. Try to paint something each day, even if it’s only a few colour blocks or haphazard shapes.
You will get more at ease with the brush and paint as you practise.