How to Make Acrylic Paint Vibrant, Opaque & Brighter

How to Make Acrylic Paint Vibrant, Opaque & Brighter

Hi everyone! Today we’ll go through a few problems I used
to have with acrylics regarding transparency, brightness and vibrancy and how to solve those
issues. Problem number 1. The colors look different, when the painting
is dry. The reason is that acrylics tend to dry a
little darker than they look wet. So, just try to mix the color a little lighter
or brighter than you’re aiming for. Problem number 2. Your acrylics are not as opaque as you’d like. When you’re painting a lighter color on top
of a darker one, the darker color shows through. There are actually transparent and opaque
acrylic paints. Many of my acrylics are somewhat transparent. I know a few of ways to deal with that. You could just paint many layers of that color. But you can also paint a white layer underneath
so the color will show up better. Or you can mix a bit of white with that color
and use that for the first layer and paint a second layer with the pure color. I’ve noticed that adding white usually makes
the color opaque even if it’s lighter than you intended. Problem number 3. Colors soak into the painting surface and
lose vibrancy. This might happen if you’re painting onto
an unprimed surface, such as cardboard. What will help is preparing the surface by
priming it with gesso. I’ll link to my earlier video on how to do
that. Problem number 4. The colors you mix turn muddy or muted instead
of bright and vibrant. I’ve had this issue with trying to mix a bright
purple or orange, for example. You should pay attention to undertones of
colors. A red with a blue undertone will turn into
a muddy orange when mixed with yellow. Instead, a red with a yellow undertone will
make a bright orange. I’ll also link to a helpful video about mixing
purple. Have you had these or any other problems while
painting with acrylics? Tell me in the comments. Thanks for watching!

16 thoughts on “How to Make Acrylic Paint Vibrant, Opaque & Brighter

  1. New video! Do you HAVE TO prime cardboard before painting:
    I forgot to mention in this video that it's a good idea to use muted colors, too! If your painting has muted colors with a few bright spots, the bright colors will stand out more.

    I also didn't mention in the video why there are transparent and opaque acrylics. You can use transparent acrylics for glazing, where you paint transparent layers on top of a monochrome underpainting, for example.

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  3. I’ve had trouble creating vibrant purple when painting an orchid hybrid with pure white edged petals. I tried all combinations of red and blue as you suggested to no avail.

  4. this is very helpful thank you so much. i bought transparent acrylic paints without knowing because i'm a beginner and I followed your advise to mix white to the color and that helped to cover the black color underneath

  5. Good tip on opaqueness boosting with minimal effort.
    I am looking for a brighter white than Titanium White. It just appears about an 85% white compared to modern paper that runs 92-95%. I need to use it to pop signage. Looking for a "bright tip"!!

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