Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How to blend Acrylic paint with multiple colors

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- Hey everybody? (soft music)

Today we're going to be talking about

blending with acrylics.

So I'm going to show you how I go from red to white.

Usually a lot of people would just go from red

and paint until they get to the white

and try to blend them together.

I like to keep my stuff colorful with lots of colors.

So I'll add three different colors in between,

gradually changing from that red to that white.

So in between, like in the middle, I'll have this gold.

And in between the average of this gold and this red

will be this orange

and the average of this gold and this white will be

this lemon yellow.

So these are the three different colors I will use

to change from red to white.

So, and if you didn't know,

I like to use palettes from vinyl records.

So I just go to the record shop

and pick up the old vinyls that are damaged,

that people donate and just take those and use those

cause I like to recycle.

So we'll put down this red,

you can see,

and we'll actually move it around a bit,

and we'll just paint in this area right here.

One thing a lot of people do,

even though acrylic dries fast,

a lot of people want to actually change the colors

sometimes too fast.

You want to use a little bit of layering.

So to use layering, I want to let this piece dry

just a little bit.

So I'm going to clean this brush off.

Dry it up there.

And let me actually go to this gold.

So I'll go to this gold right here.

I'll that spread that a little more.

Is I'll put that actually on the canvas.

So put that in there.

Oh yeah.

The thicker you lay your paint on

the more time it will take for it to dry.

But because we're using acrylics, they drive pretty fast.


Get that on smooth.

And one thing about acrylics,

if you want to get a consistent brush stroke,

make sure you use that same pressure.

So after I've finished globbing it on and spreading it out,

I'm going to lightly

just go over it,

making sure

you don't see a lot of the brush strokes

from spreading it around.


Let me actually put the white down as well.

Mainly cause this canvas is a little dirty.

Sorry about that.

Let me just make it really white.

Right there.

Clean the brush off again.

You want to make sure you clean

your brushes off consistently.

That way you're not carrying over one color to the next,

which will eventually get your colors a little muddy.

That's what you don't want.

So now let's go to this orange, and put it right here.

Let me use this orange,

put it down here.

And let me go into the red

and then back over

into the gold.

Let me use a little more.

A little more.

There we go.

And you can kind of see,

starts to blend those areas.

Sometimes you really have to wait

when you're changing colors because

sometimes certain areas of the red or the gold maybe wet

and some parts may be dry.

And when you're spreading it over into those areas,

sometimes you'll get an inconsistent brush stroke

and it'll look a little sloppy.

So sometimes you really want to make sure that you wait.

You get this lemon yellow,

put those in.

Illuminate that area.

Oh yeah.

So now you can kind of see the different colors.

Now we're going to start chopping them up even more,

into different parts.

So I'm going to clean that again.

So we're going to take about three minutes for this dry,

and then when it dries, we'll come back

and we'll actually mix the red and the orange

and start blending this a little more.

And then we're going to mix the orange with the gold

and blend this area a little more.

And gold with the yellow, blend this one.

And the same thing with the yellow and the white.

Now that we waited about five minutes,

and it's pretty much dry to the touch.

We can go back and start adding in another layer

in between these colors.

Sometimes you want to be careful when you press down

because sometimes the surface is dry,

but underneath the painting, underneath that layer,

it can still be wet.

So make sure you be careful about how much pressure you use.

Just a little more paint there.

So we're going to mix the red and the orange together

to get a color in between.

We're going to use our palette knife for this.

This more of

a reddish orange.

You get to kind of see it already.

The dark orange.

Let me clean the palette knife.

Take some of this

and lightly you can go over it.

It's a little too red,

so add some more orange to it.

I actually,

use the palette knife again,

just to take a little bit of that

and add it to this orange instead.

Let's take this.

There we go.

Right in between.

Use, like I said,

light brush strokes.

Now we're gonna go ahead

and mix some orange

with some of that gold.

A little more.


gold then the orange.

Because the orange is a little bit darker value,

we're going to add just a little bit less.

So I'm going to take some of that orange

add it to the yellow pile,

or the gold pile.

There we go.

Yes, that is looking good.

I'm going to

take some of this,

put it in between,

the right brush strokes.

I'm kind of seeing there's still a sharp...

There we go.

Getting rid of that division right there.

Light brush strokes.

So sometimes you even want to let gravity

just move it along.

All you want to do is just hold it

and have gravity move it along.

And then we'll take some of this yellow.

The lemon yellow and add just a hint

of the gold.

Just a hint of the gold and the lemon yellow.

Just a little more.

A little there.

So take some of this,

and add it in between.

There we go.

Just gradually move over to both sides

while you're doing it.

You can kind of see that division go away

and it starts to blend together nicely.

Now add white.

And add a hint of lemon yellow.

You just want a hint of it.

So let's take just a small bed, add it to the white.

A little more.

Looks like an off-Easter

yellow right here.

Just throw that in there.

And just add it to the other side.


This is not pure white.

This is between white and that lemon yellow.

Like I said sometimes you don't want to do too hard

of a brush stroke.

So there it is basically.

You can go back if you want to.

Like, I can clean up this area right here,

but you can go back and even do more subdivisions

by adding and mixing some of the different colors.

But this is the basic concept of how I go from

red to white in a lot of my paintings.

I'll go from red to orange to gold to yellow to white,

rather than just mixing the red and the white.

So if you want to blend with acrylics

and get those vibrant colors at the same time,

definitely do this with other colors that you use.

So if you're mixing a blue and a green,

you want to use some teal,

you wanna use some just, you know,

some audit colors, definitely experiment.

That is what it is all about.

Experimentation and just learning as you go along.

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