Blending an Edge with Acrylic Paint

Blending an Edge with Acrylic Paint

Understanding edges is a very important fundamental in painting. When I talk about edges, I mean the perimeter of the shapes in your painting. Edges can be both hard and soft and each has its own function in a painting.

Hard edges come forward and blended edges recede. Artists for centuries have used the idea of hard and soft edges to create the illusion of three dimensional space. You can too! Edges also help define which areas of the painting are more important and which are less important.

To easily blend an edge with acrylic paint, the paint on both sides of the edge should be wet. Take a brush or your finger and run it parallel with the edge and gradually work both sides of the paint into one another. Don't try to blend across the edge (perpendicular) because you will likely make a big mess. You can also use a figure-8 movement to blend the edges - this works better on a large edge.

Voila, you have just made a beautiful blended edge!

If you'd like to learn to more about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2018 and 2019 workshops HERE)

  • October 19-21 Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL. For more information and registration Click Here. SOLD OUT

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  • January 25-27, 2019 Daytona Art League, Daytona Beach, FL. SOLD OUT

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  • March 5-8 Cultural Arts Alliance, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For information and registration contact Bonnie Loman. Email: pghsteeler1@icloud.com.

As always, thanks so much for your support!

David

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