How to Start Painting with Acrylics with Kids

When you are painting with children it's too easy to stick to the tried and tested poster paints, and maybe branch out into watercolours if you have a bit of a clue about what you're doing and you're feeling brave.

But if you’re looking to embark on a new art project with your children I would recommend learning how to paint with acrylics.

If you would like to give painting with acrylics a go, we’ve put together a list of all the essential supplies you’ll need to get started.

With these at your disposal, some techniques and tricks or the trade up your sleeve, you’ll soon be creating masterpieces in no time!

Good quality acrylic paint

I’m sure it’s of no surprise that you’ll need acrylic paint, but we couldn’t really leave it off the list. 

When getting started however, you don’t need to buy half of the craft store’s colours.

This should be sufficient for a while whilst you learn some new techniques.

This is a great video tutorial that shows you how to mix acrylic paints to create new colours and hues which is definitely worth a watch if it’s really new to you.

Decent brushes

There are countless varieties of artist’s paint brushes out there, and to get you started, it’s a good idea to invest in one or two really good quality ones, if you’re really serious about painting.

It’s far better to have two really good ones than a lot of lesser-quality ones. Cheaper brushes can moult over your painting and ruin it, and they won’t last as long anyway.

Invest in a few of different sizes, it’s a good idea to have a large, a medium and a small one for all the different techniques you’ll be trying out.

An easel

It’s recommended that you purchase an easel when using acrylics as painting with them onto a horizontal surface can seriously put proportions out and cast unwanted shadows.
You can buy table top ones really cheaply, or if you prefer, you can also get ones that stand on the floor so you can stand as you paint.

Water and cloths

Luckily not something that you’ll have to buy, but make sure you have a container of water next to you when painting with acrylics so you can clean your brush in between colour changes.

This will prevent you mixing the colours and ending up with the wrong colour on your painting.

Cleaning your brush at the end of a painting session is really important too.

Use clean water and a clean cloth to prolong the life of your brushes. Dab off excess water with a cloth then let them dry naturally and fully.

Once you have everything ready, check out these guides to starting to paint with acrylics:


You can find the rest of the course here on YouTube.

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