Adding glitter to your acrylic painting is one of the most fun ways to experiment with texture and pattern. By adding some kind of powdery, flaky material into your paint mixture, it becomes glistening and pretty!
Glossy textures are very popular these days and can add depth and dimension to your paintings. Many artists use small bits of glitter in their designs to create an element that stands out and attracts attention.
Many types of glitter can be mixed into water or alcohol based paints to layer onto the surface of the canvas. Some gel-type glitters need to be melted down slightly before using so make sure you do research and test accordingly!
There are many easy ways to mix glitter into acrylics, but remember, not every type of glue or powder will set properly in liquid form.
Use glitter glue
In addition to using regular acrylic paints, you can also add some glitz by mixing it in with other materials. One of my favorite ways to add glitter is through use of gel glues or liquid glitters.
Liquid glitters are just that- liquids that contain glitter. They are typically mixed into oils or water for application.
I like to mix mine in alcohol so they will set faster. Once dry, I often run my brush over the paint container to knock off any excess glitter.
Many artists agree that mixing small amounts of metallic powder into your painted surface produces the most stunning results! All you need to do this is take your time to spread out the glitter as needed.
Use a glitter pen
A very popular way to add glitz to your acrylic paintings is by using a gel or liquid glue called polymerization. This can be done with any kind of surface you want to apply it to, such as canvas, wood, or paper.
To create shimmering effects in this type of painting, you need to use small amounts of glue. As the paint dries, the molecules spread out slightly, creating an attractive effect.
You can also mix different colors of polyglutarification to achieve various looks. Because it is a liquid, you have to be careful not to overdo it- too much can cause the piece to seep into another area or even run down the side of the container.
Use decoupage glue
For adding glitter to acrylic painting, one of the most popular methods is using thin layers of gel or liquid glues that can be mixed together and spread onto your surface. Some examples of these are gel polish, clear nail gels, and regular nail glues like top coat glazes.
Once all of the colors have dried, you can add additional decorations such as fine white glitter or thick glitter sheets. If doing so, let each layer dry completely before applying the next one!
Another way to use this technique is by starting with a painted background and then adding thicker pieces of glitter to give it more depth.
Use glitter in a pearl paint
In order to add some glitz into your acrylic painting, one must begin with adding texture or pattern to the surface of the canvas. A easy way to do this is by using pearls as a base for the new design.
By mixing small amounts of clear glue with rhinestones, you can create many different textures that shift and swirl across the surface of the painting. By layering several drops together, you get thicker strings that are more substantial than individual stones.
Use a glittery tissue paper
In addition to using regular acrylic paint, you can mix into your painting glitters of different shapes and sizes. These include colored glass flakes or powder, pearl powders, rhinestones, and even sequins!
Glitter is a beautiful way to add depth to a painting. It also adds new dimension to the surface of the painting. By mixing it in, the texture and pattern of the material becomes an element in the design of the picture.
Tissue papers are one of the best ways to use glitter. You can cut them into various patterns and textures to layer under other colors as well as put some direct touches of glitter onto the painted image.
These tissues can be stuck down with glue so that they do not come off easily later.
Use a glittery paintbrush
In addition to using regular acrylic paints, you can also add some glitz by adding glitter to your painting. Glitters are very popular these days and there are many types!
You can buy basic clear glitters in liquid form or powder form. Liquid glitters usually contain metals that have different colors within them, while powder glitters are just pure silver or gold flakes.
Either one of those is fine to use when adding glitter to an acrylic painting. The important thing to remember about both liquid and powder glitters is to mix it into the paint properly! Too much glitter will be visible and not look good, so make sure to only add enough to create a beautiful shimmer.
Use a glittery palette knife
When adding glitter to acrylic painting, one of the most important things is having a rich source of glitters!
There are two main sources of glitter for artists: real world materials and digital tools.
Using real world materials is the more authentic way to do it but can be expensive if you don’t have access to them. A easy alternative is using printed or computer generated glitters in your paintings.
A great way to add some sparkle to your artwork is by mixing different types of glitters together in an oil-based medium like paint. By doing this, you will not only mix colors, you will also layer the glitters on top of each other which creates a very interesting pattern and texture.
Use a glue stick and glitter
Adding glitter to your acrylic painting can be done in many different ways, but one of our favorite easy glitters is using a glue stick and loose glitter.
Simply use a glue stick to pick up some glitter that’s been vacuumedsealed, then spread it across your canvas or painting.
Mix it up! You don’t have to stay completely neutral with all shades of pink and purple, add some bright green for an aquatic feel, blue for a sky look, and so on.