Monday, May 4, 2015

229: Acrylic ideas and tips

Evolution of Blue, 48" x 36", acrylic
Acrylic is an amazingly flexible medium–if you know how to use it. In the video below–another free Gbox exclusive–I demonstrate several tips and practices that will broaden your acrylic mark making repertoire.

Included in this 20 minute video are ideas on how to use sgraffito (scratching) to add complexity to your abstracts. Also included are ideas about painting into a dry acrylic painting as if painting wet-into-wet using retarder medium.

Additionally I show how I recycle ice cream jars to store a variety of acrylic painting mixtures as well as other useful ideas. For example I use AYL Silicone gloves (see link below) to open acrylic jars when they become nearly impossible to open. The gloves have really saved my hands since in the past I could almost pull the skin off trying to open dried acrylic jars.

Let me know what you think of the video. I hope you find some useful ideas to improve your acrylic painting.

Brad Teare–May 2015



  1. That is a beautiful painting, Brad, I mean that. So much vitality and energy...a great abstract confluence of shapes and colors.

    Really enjoyed this one!

  2. Many thanks, Bob! This one sat around the studio for quite awhile. I wasn't sure I could finish it. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Great video, Brad, I always love these things. Are you going to do a glazing video on the same painting?

  4. Yes, Stephen, I will finish up with a video where I will glaze both of the paintings I started in the first video. Thanks for the kind words.

  5. Love the vibrancy and energy that is emanating from this beautiful painting, Really enjoyed the whole video, I was so much looking forward to watching a new one from you though I have been re watching those precious ones from you on You Tube. Thanks for sharing Brad.

  6. Thanks for sharing acrylic tips here dear. I loved every tip given by you. I am learning making acrylic paintings and Aboriginal Art paintings these days. Its really interesting and fun to explore art work.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Keith. And thanks for the link as well. Really great painting! I love art inspired by indigenous cultures. I wasn't sure which ones were yours however? Any clarification you can add?


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