Atmospheric Perspective with Acrylics

One of the problems with painting in acrylics as opposed to watercolor is that it can be difficult to make your backgrounds appear to be distant (atmospheric perspective).  Items in the distance need to be somewhat out of focus, bluish, and show lower contrast than the foreground objects.  What I do is paint the background with somewhat thinner paint (mixed with medium) then when the rest of the painting is complete add several thin glazes of light blue thinned greatly with medium and water (containing acrylic flow release or just water with a tad of Spic and Span).  This adds the bluish tint and reduces the contrast in the background. 


Posted by: lknight
Posted on: 1/15/2009 at 8:01 AM
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Custom Vinyl banners United States

Friday, July 31, 2009 8:21 AM

One of the problems with painting in acrylics as against to watercolor is that it can be difficult to accomplish your backgrounds arise to be distant.

Epoxy Australia

Saturday, August 07, 2010 1:09 AM

That's a great tip! I've always been stuck using watercolor for paintings with a background, and I really love acrylic color. I just couldn't use it as much as I wanted. How does Spic and Span help thin the paint?

lknight United States

Sunday, August 08, 2010 12:02 PM

Spin and Span reduces the surface tension of water so that the paint flows better on the paper.