I’ve written previously about how I create various layers to build up a painting to its finished state. Below is a different way of starting your underpainting and it’s one that you might find highly effective. I’ve kept the explanations really simple!

Step one block in image in pastel

Step 1: Block in your image in pastel. This will be your initial sketch.

Fix image with acrylic paint.

Step 2: Fix image with white acrylic paint. This will soften the colours you used in your sketch and create the basic shapes of the painting.

Fine art acrylic painting Loch Morlich Cairngorms

Step 3: Finish the image using acrylic as you usually would.

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