Acrylic Painting Party! (Part 1)

(This technique was previously published in Acrylic Painting With Passion by Tesia Blackburn, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

You can’t get precious with this technique. So grab your inner child, some paper and some friends, turn the music up loud and let’s have a paint party!

Version One: Acrylic on Kraft Paper
Remember in the Getting Started chapter when I mentioned how much I love music? This technique takes advantage of what I think is a natural part of being human: dancing and music. No matter what kind of music you love, this technique will work. I’ve used every kind of music imaginable from Beethoven to Billy Joel. And as an added benefit, you’ll burn a few calories!

What You Need

Setup time: 10 minutes
Painting time: 20–60 minutes

roll of kraft paper, torn into sheets (approx. 10 per person)
Golden Fluid Acrylics, any colors
paintbrushes, variety of sizes
water container
paper towels
paper plates for palettes
drop cloth for the floor

Step 1

1. Set up some tables and cover the floor with a drop cloth. Give everyone a stack of kraft paper, some paint on a palette and a brush. Assign someone the task of timekeeper.

acrylic painting

2.  The timekeeper intermittently shouts “paint” and “dance” and “move to the right” about every minute or so. It’s very loose and doesn’t have to be exact. Get the music going and everyone starts painting.

Step 3

3. Keep dancing and painting, moving from your spot to your neighbor’s. Take your paintbrush with you. Paint right on top of her paper. Be bold! Be brave! Let go!

Step 4

4. Circle the tables as if you’re playing musical chairs. When the timekeeper shouts “paint” just start painting, right where you are. Keep dancing, painting and moving around the table.

Step 5

5. When the paper is saturated with paint, toss it onto the drop cloth on the floor. Don’t worry if the papers land on top of each other, go face down on the drop cloth or get smeared. Stay with the process and have fun!

acrylic painting

6. After about twenty minutes or so, everyone should take a break and get a drink of water. Now you can look at your treasures. Everyone should get together and divvy up the paintings on paper. And guess what? You won’t be able to tell which ones belong to you! You can tear these up and collage them to canvas just like the kraft paper bags or you can work on them further to create full-blown paintings on paper. You can then mount them on canvas.

(This technique was previously published in Acrylic Painting With Passion by Tesia Blackburn, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

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