Acrylic painting techniques for your paint by numbers

Paint like a pro by applying various acrylic painting techniques to your paint by numbers project!


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Acrylic paint is a water-based medium known for its quick drying time. It is versatile and can be applied in various ways, from thin washes to thicker layers. It can also be mixed with other mediums to create different textures and effects.

Here are some techniques to enhance the realism of your paint by numbers artwork. The methods you use will depend on your painting style and the desired effect in your artwork. Don't hesitate to try different techniques to find what works best for you and your paint by numbers style.


First of all, a common question....


When starting acrylic painting on a paint by numbers: with or without water?


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You can use acrylic on its own or with water on your paint by numbers, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Adding water to acrylic paint can make it more fluid and easier to work with. This can be particularly helpful for beginners who are still learning to control their brushes. Water can also be used to create a more translucent effect, allowing some of the underlying layers to show through. However, too much water can dilute the paint excessively, making it difficult to achieve vibrant colors and perfect coverage of the numbers on your canvas.

Using undiluted acrylic paint directly from the pot will produce a more opaque effect with vibrant colors. This technique is particularly useful for creating texture effects, where the paint is applied thickly and allowed to dry in layers. The paint applied in thicker layers will more easily cover the numbered areas on your paint by numbers canvas.




The blending technique involves mixing two colours to create a smooth and gradual transition.


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There are two main blending methods you can use on your paint by numbers: wet-on-wet blending and dry-on-wet blending.


Wet-on-Wet Blending


This method involves using a dry brush to blend colours. To do this, you first apply a line of colour on each side of the area where you want to create the gradient effect. Then, use a dry brush to blend the colours back and forth. This creates a soft and subtle gradient effect that can be used to create delicate transitions between colours.


Dry-on-Wet Blending


The second method involves using a wet brush to blend the colours. For this technique, you apply two different colours side by side. Then, use a wet brush to blend the colours together. You can do this by making circular motions or using a sweeping motion. This creates a smoother and more homogeneous gradient effect.

The blending technique is useful for various paint by numbers projects. You can use it to create soft backgrounds, colour gradients, light and shadow effects, or simply to add texture and depth to your work.

By using blending techniques, you can also create light and shadow effects in your artwork. For example, you can use a lighter colour to create a smooth transition between the bright and dark areas of your painting. This can help give a sense of depth and realism to your work.

You can also create a gradient effect using a sponge. For this method, you first apply the base colour to your canvas. Then, dip a sponge into the colour you want to use for the gradient. Stamp the sponge on the canvas, creating a line of colour. Then, dab the area between the base colour and the line of colour you created. This creates a soft and subtle gradient effect.




The layering technique in acrylic painting is a common method used by artists to add depth, texture, and complexity to their work. It involves applying layers of paint to create unique visual effects.


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Apply a layer of paint, allow it to dry completely, and then repeat the process with a different layer of paint. You can apply as many layers as necessary to achieve the desired effect on your paint by numbers.

One of the main reasons artists use this technique is to create shadows and reflections. By layering different colours, you can create deeper tones and subtle shades. For example, to create a shadow, you can apply a layer of dark paint and then add successive layers of lighter colours to create a gradient effect.

It is important to let each layer of paint dry completely before adding a new one. If you apply paint to a wet layer, it can result in smudges and blotches in your work.




The glazing technique involves applying a thin layer of transparent paint over a dry layer of paint to create light and depth effects.

To create a glaze on your paint by numbers, you need to dilute your acrylic paint with water or a transparent acrylic medium. Then, apply a thin layer of diluted paint over a dry layer of paint. You can apply as many glaze layers as necessary to achieve the desired effect.

Glazes can be used to create a variety of effects, including shadows, reflections, and light effects. By using translucent glaze layers, you can create depth and transparency effects that are difficult to achieve with other acrylic painting techniques.

Glazes can also be used to intensify colours or create subtle variations. By applying a complementary glaze layer over a dry layer of paint, you can create brightness and intensity effects that are not possible with a single layer of paint.

It is important to let each glaze layer dry completely before adding a new layer.




The impasto technique involves applying thick paint to create texture and relief effects in your artwork.


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Impastos are created using a wide, thick brush loaded with a large amount of acrylic paint. The paint is then applied to the surface of the canvas using short, quick brushstrokes, creating a rough surface texture. They are often used to add movement to artwork or create interesting surface textures.

This technique can be used for a variety of paint by numbers projects, including landscapes, still life, and portraits. Impastos can be used to create light and shadow effects, add depth and texture to a landscape, or create material effects in a still life. They can also be used to add dimension to a portrait by creating interesting surface textures.

Impastos can be used alone or combined with other acrylic painting techniques to create a variety of visual effects. For example, they can be used in combination with glazes to create subtle light effects or with blending techniques to create smooth transitions between colours.

The colours used for impastos can vary depending on the project and the desired effect. Warm colours can be used to create a sense of movement and warmth, while cool colours can be used to create a calmer and more tranquil atmosphere. Bright and vibrant colours can be used to create light and shadow effects, while darker colours can be used to create a sense of depth and mystery.

Now it's time for you to experience the acrylic painting techniques! Figured'Art will assist you throughout the entire process of your paint by numbers. Remember, it is an activity that should remain relaxing, but why not challenge yourself to improve your technique, painting after painting?

Have you chosen your next Figured'Art painting kit? It is now time to get serious and start painting!