I can paint.

Like, actually paint. Turns out all I needed was to know how to mix colors and to start with the darkest colors first. And voila!

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Ok, not voila yet. I was informed that most paintings will look absolutely horrible at the beginning. I’m finding that to be true.acrylicorange2

See? Much better. I call it “Dance of the Orange”. I think it looks like a flower. One of my brothers said it looked like a fiery centipede. I mainly was going for the color combination AND following what was in my head.acrylicflower1

I decided to make a sister for “Orange”. That and I had another canvas that was just begging to be used.acrylicflower2

Meet “Purple”. She has a longer name but that will suffice (actually, I have forgotten what the original name was and don’t want to go digging through my Twitter feed to find it). Again, my goal here was to play around with colors and layering. Although this clearly is a flower, I’m not sure what else you could extrapolate from it.

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And both together! I actually want to create a third one because there’s an empty space to the right of these two and another one in the same style would look smashing. And I’m convinced I could do more detailed paintings; it’s hard right now because my youngest likes to get up close and personal with all of my projects and acrylics don’t mix well with toddler.

And my supply list! Affiliate links are included, paint is expensive.

This is a good place to start if you’re new to acrylics:

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In addition to those colors I’ve also purchased the following:

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*With the exception of the Winsor & Newton Yellow Ochre the paints I’ve been using are fairly inexpensive. Of course if you’re using larger canvases like I’ve been doing you have to buy multiple tubes so it’s still painful on the wallet. For canvases check out Hobby Lobby or Michaels, they’re usually running a sale and if you’re just starting out the cheaper canvases are perfectly fine.

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