EASY ACRYLIC PAINTING IDEAS: PAINTING SEA WAVES

Acrylics is the most beginner friendly painting medium you can work with. They are versatile, easy to use and affordable as compared to other painting mediums. All of these traits make them a suitable choice for beginners.  Hence, most beginners prefer working on easy acrylic painting ideas.

The process of painting usually involves few processes which include gathering materials, setting up the workspace, taking inspirations and deciding which technique and style to use. All of these processes can prove to be overwhelming in the beginning. Dont worry! We can help you with all of those processes. This “Easy Acrylic Painting Ideas” guide features a sea painting for beginners to try!

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Taking Inspiration

As a beginner, its difficult to find inspiration for ideas. There is a whole set of things that you can try to paint but picking out one can be puzzling. Initially, it is easier to focus on a single object and forget about the background. Consider this painting as a reference, you can stick to basics and focus on learning to add depth and details with color mixing and blending.

Another important aspect here is the use of a limited palette. Restricting yourself to 2-3 colors can help you learn the art of color mixing and blending.

Painting Supplies

It’s essential to have your tools ready before you start your craft. As a beginner, it is not necessary to invest heavily on supplies. For acrylic painting, you can count on these basic items to get started:

  1. Acrylic Paints(Titanium White, Light Blue Permanent, Primary Blue)
  2. Set of Paint Brushes
  3. Canvas or other painting surface
  4. Easel or other supporting stand
  5. Palette or a dish to pour paints and mix them
  6. Clean paper towels or rags
  7. Water

Setting up your working place

Things are bound to get messy when you work with paints. No matter how careful you are, you can spill paint or drop your palette. We recommend setting up your easel or stand in an open space. For you this can be a room, patio or backyard, whatever suits you. If an open space is not available, it is advisable to use plastic sheets to cover the floor and nearby furniture to avoid getting paint on them. It is important to have your supplies close, so you don’t have to move away from your canvas. Acrylics dry fast, so you don’t have the time to reach out for your supplies. You lose your focus and rhythm by constantly swaying away from your workplace. Make sure the lighting is adequate for the true form of colors to be visible. This will help you to get your color shades right.

Tips and Techniques

Consider these tips and techniques for this painting;

  • In this painting, Dry brush is the technique that will help you add details through visible brush strokes. 
  • For instance, the brush strokes are visible in the waves.
  • Stippling technique would help you add reflective sunrays on the waves.
  • Use smaller brush for finer details like borders.
  • Since this painting involves color blending, remember color shift in acrylics.

We hope that you would find this guide resourceful. Send us a picture of your painting if you try to replicate this painting!