How to Paint a Blended Background

Hi friends! It’s Tutorial Tuesday!

This tutorial builds on last week’s tutorial about how to blend two colours in acrylics (here if you missed it).  This time we’re going to paint a smooth, blended background for any still life, abstract, or floral painting!  I hope this tutorial helps!

Thanks for watching!

-Ashley <3

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  1. Have you ever toned a background on a painting with multiple Colors running together!, if so how do you prevent it from running on your drawing?

    • Hello! Thanks for your comment. Basically you have a couple options: you can try to control the paint to an extent by tipping the canvas or drawing with a thin line of water where you want the paint to run, then when you apply the paint it will follow that stream. Or you can use painter’s tape to section off parts of your drawing you want to protect. What I usually do though if I want a really abstract, runny background is to just do the background first, then transfer my drawing to the canvas later after it dries. Hope that helps!

  2. Thank you so much Ashley after watching the blended background you inspired me to do one on a 40×30 canvas. I have never done anything like this before and am so please with it. Now I have to put something on it!

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