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Dribble & Drip Acrylics
Video Duration: 39 mins
Estimated time to complete the lesson: 4-6 hours
(pause video as needed to complete steps, but please complete at your own pace)
This tutorial is recommended for adults and children 10+.
Use acrylics to build a dynamic layered artwork.
be guided step by step
- learn valuable skills
- design an attractive composition
- learn how to with colour, shape and tone
- pick up handy tips
acrylic paints, preferably fluids in a range
of colours that you love
red and blue heavier acrylics
white gesso or standard white acrylic
fine mist sprayer
REMEMBER – there are no rules, don’t be afraid of experimenting!
These are my tips, to be used as as a guideline for creating this particular work, in conjunction with the video. Pause the video after each step and then complete that stage at your own pace. You can always go back to gain clarification on a particular aspect of the process:
PATTERNED UNDERLAYER - use the heavier red paint to apply an all-over, detailed layer. Be
loose and playful, but ensure you keep the strokes and patterns reasonably small. Aim to achieve a
balance between the red and the white.
DRIBBLE, DRIPS & DETAIL - use the heavy blue acrylic combined with some water to create drips
from one edge. Work your way across the whole edge, leaving a range of spaces, then turn the
canvas over and repeat from the opposite edge. Then use a fine brush to add smaller additions in
blue, then a larger brush to add bolder blue areas. Allow this to dry completely at this stage.
DRAW FEATURE DESIGN - use the white paint to loosely paint on your design. You could use
some chalk to outline the design first if needed.
WHITE-WASH THE BACKGROUND - dilute some white paint and paint this loosely over the whole
background, leaving the main parts of the subject coming through like windows. The white-washed
areas still need to be transparent.
ADD COLOUR TO THE BACKGROUND - decide on the main colour scheme you would like. Use
2-3 colours and white to add various tones to the background. Aim for diversity and contrast, but
also a sense of flow.
ADDING LIGHT AND DARK TO THE BACKGROUND - use a light colour (preferably not white) add
lighter elements or areas in the background, and then dark areas sitting next to the light for
PAINTING THE LEAVES - use a bright transparent colour to wash inside the leaves, then add
highlights, shadows and colourful details as needed.
ADD MORE INTEREST TO THE BACKGROUND - use any of your colour to add more drips,
patterns, marks and patches of colour to give the background more impact.
PAINTING THE FRUIT - paint a bright, transparent colour over the fruit and then add highlights and
details to make them stand out.
ADD THE FINISHING TOUCHES - step back and have a look at your work. Decide, if needed,
where to add extra shadows, highlights or areas of interest.
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