Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Palette choice, part of Foundations of Acrylic Painting.
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- So in terms of palette choice…for your acrylic painting,…I tend to use two different types of palette.…One's called a tear-off palette,…and you can see here…that when I peel up the palette,…it actually tears off…for the next layer of painting.…So you can have a really clean palette to start with,…put out all your colors,…and when they've dried off onto the palette,…you just peel that off,…throw it away,…and then you've got a fresh…painting surface underneath…to put all your paints out onto.…The tear-off palettes also come in a gray tone,…and this can be very handy…if you're painting a bit more classically,…and you want to really judge your tones…for portrait painting,…they can be especially handy…having a gray pad…to work on top of.…
The other palette that I use is called a…Stay-Wet palette.…So for a Stay-Wet palette…you've got two parts.…You've got the blotting paper part,…and the grease-proof paper part.…And all we've got to do…is put the blotting paper part down first,…and then just pour water into it.…You've got to pour quite a bit of water,…
In this course, Will Kemp takes you on a journey that will unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting.
The course follows a progressive sequence, covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. It also addresses setup and materials, color mixing and pigment choice, brush-handling and palette-knife techniques, as well as gels and mediums.
By the end of the course you'll have a final still-life project you can hang with pride, and a solid foundation of painting knowledge, making the transition into more challenging subjects or mediums much easier.
- Choosing a brush, palette, and canvas
- Altering acrylic paint with water and other mediums
- Blocking in and underpainting
- Adding glazes
- Choosing pigments
- Understanding basic color theory
- Creating texture
- Signing and protecting your work