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Technique: Discover Acrylic Film

Artists palettes are often a fascinating explosion of colour. Explore another dimension of painting by making 3D acrylic skins! Great for mixed media paintings and sculptures, the possibilities are endless with this versatile acrylic painting technique.
Materials:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Acrylic gel mediums
  • Painting knives
  • Paintbrushes
  • Non-stick palette
  • Glitter
  • Wire mesh
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Glassine
Instructions:

How to make an acrylic skin

Step 1: Use a palette knife to spread acrylic paint and/or gel medium on a non-stick plastic palette. Experiment with layering paint colours, mediums and textures on your palette. Extrude thin lines to create acrylic strings or use palette knives to create texture. Let your paint dry overnight.

 

Step 2: Gently peel the dried acrylic off of your non-stick palette in one piece, being careful not to let the paint fold onto itself. Store acrylic skins between two sheets of glassine or plastic to prevent them from sticking to each other.

 

Step 3: Acrylic skins stick to themselves and can be glued in place with acrylic medium or paint. Use these sheets of colour in your paintings, cut them and place them like mosaic tiles or stained glass, mould them over armatures, shape them, or stitch them, the possibilities are endless! Explore the versatile world of using acrylic paints OFF of the canvas today!

  • Clean tools with soap and water immediately after use
  • Add glitter to your paint while it is still wet
  • Form your acrylic skin over wire mesh to make a malleable acrylic sheet that holds its shape
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