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Painting Landscapes With Acrylic Paints - 3 Techniques


Painting landscapes can be accomplished with acrylic paints. Acrylic paints offer application choices for water coloring, as is, and oil painting. These three choices offer the artist a variety of visual and texture techniques to duplicate a landscape onto canvas. The acrylic paint itself will create interesting textures from watery see-through mists to thick oil textures.

Landscape locations


  1. A popular method of capturing the outdoors is to take photos during different times of the day or use photos from your travel adventures. This is more time-saving than sitting outdoors for long periods of time or venturing out on different days hoping to capture the right light effect.
  2. Set up your easel at the beach, your favorite lake site, a mountain site, or a neighborhood park.
  3. Sit by a home window which presents beautiful scenery from the lawn or flower beds.
  4. Browse a variety of magazines and other print material or videos, film, DVDs, and online travel or landscaping viewing for landscape pictures and ideas.
  5. Meditate; then draw and paint a landscape picture from your memory bank.
Painting Tools


Acrylic painting techniques for painting landscapes is an adventure onto itself. The painting tools and your brush stroke style will create many variables. Use different types of brushes, palette knives, towels, fingers, paper towels, sponges, and other notions which capture your imagination. If using a brush does not capture the likeness of a particular plant, rock, or flower then experiment with other suggested tools. These paints are very versatile allowing you to match your artistic style of traditional through experimental.

Painting Techniques

Artists need to practice different types of techniques with a variety of tools to understand how to create desired real life effects on a flat surface.

Do you enjoy water coloring?

Thin your tint to a watery consistency and apply to canvas. It is important to use textured paper designed for water coloring. Have a sheet of a paper towel handy to wipe and stop bleeds as needed.

Do you enjoy using the paint directly from its container?

Acrylic paints can be directly applied to the selected surface or canvas. The versatility of this paint will allow you to use all three methods to create the desired illusions. Acrylics open a world of choices for texture. Have fun with it.

Do you like the texture and thickness of oil painting?

The higher the content of tint; the less liquid filler is used. This is the higher quality of paint and it will cost you a few more dollars per container. This paint will be thicker and richer because of the increase of color and it will give the appearance of oil paint. Oil paint has toxic fumes. Acrylic paints are nontoxic.

Pencil Sketching

Sketching ahead will allow you to make corrections and see the final product in the penciled form. If you are using a graphite pencil, use light strokes. The acrylic paint may not cover your pencil marks.

Some artists like to sketch with colored pencils to discourage unwanted visible markings under a thin layer of paint. Sketching before or after applying a layer of background paint will be a personal choice.

Paint Sketching

Painting without sketching is freedom to be challenged by errors and happy accidents. You will be placed into the unknown. Your colored creation will take many twists and turns as your landscape painting is born on canvas.

Use a soft broad brush to make a series of horizontal, vertical, or interweave strokes. Use a smaller brush or tool substitute tinted with paint to sketch trees, waterfall, shrubbery, road, fencing, and other landscape features as guidelines. Upon completion of sketching, return to fill in details to finalize the landscape.

These paints are easy to apply, no allergy irritants, no toxic fumes, and very affordable. A person can paint on any type of surface.

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