Easy painting tutorial for beginners in acrylics

Join me in this step-by-step acrylic painting tutorial designed for absolute beginners and those battling procrastination! I’ll guide you through creating a mountain landscape with a rustic barn.

With the focus on demystifying the painting process, I’ll show you how to sketch, mix colors on your palette, and creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface!

Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back. Whether you’re new to painting or just need that push to get started, this tutorial is tailored for you.

Materials used in this video:

  • HB pencil (if you want to sketch with pencil)Canvas, paper or panel (I paint on a piece of paper of about 11×15 inch / 30×40 cm).
  • Colors: cadmium yellow light (or primary yellow, hansa yellow light, azo yellow light), phthalo blue (or cyan), pyrrole red, yellow ochre, burnt umber, ultramarine blue and titanium white.
  • Brushes (just use some round and some flat brushes).
  • Jar of water, paper towel, palette, palette knife.
  • If you want to paint more realistically, you can use the reference photo (by Jozsef Farago from Pixabay)

In the video below, you can easily follow the process. Here is a short text guidance:

First, let’s make the sketch. The sketch is the foundation of the painting. You can sketch with paint, but you can use a pencil as well. Most of the time, beginners are more comfortable sketching with a pencil.

Preferably use an HB-pencil. If you use a soft pencil (4B for example) then the graphite will contaminate your paint, because wet paint will pick up the graphite.

When your satisfied with your sketch, you can use a palette knife to premix the color for the sky. If you would use a brush to mix, than a lot of paint will disappear in the bristles. When you mix with a palette knife, you get a pile of paint on your palette. Then you can easily dip your brush in this pile of paint.

Most of the times, it’s wise to start with filling in the background, because later on you can easily paint the foreground on top of the background. This gives your background a more consistent look.

First put the two color variations next to each other, so don’t blend yet.

Now you can mix a transitional color with your brush, by mixing the lighter and the darker blue. With this color on your brush, you can easily blend the colors that you had on your canvas.

Now you can premix colors for the mountains in the background. Roughly speaking, there are shadowcolors and light colors. The shadowcolors are alle quite blue. Snow in shadow reflects the color of the sky, and in this case that’s blue. So, although we know that snow is white, it can present itself in a great variety of colors to us, depending on lighting conditions.

The rocky parts in the shadows are also rather blue, and they’re not much darker than te snow color. If you make them to dark, the contrast will get too hard and your painting will look more flat.

After this, you can premix a color for the closer mountain. Then head over to some colors for the barn.

And last but not least, you can premix a green color, by mixing yellow ochre and a touch of ultramarine blue. This color is relatively vivid (compared with the other colors in the painting). Therefore, this color will pop out a bit, and that provides for a senes of depth. Vivid colors tend to come forward, while less vivid colors (muted colors) tend to drop to the background.

I hope you enjoyed!

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