What is the best way to achieve dreamy, effortless colours that melt into each other on the canvas?
There is more than one way to achieve this effect, but I have found one easy way: Instead of washing away those beautiful (and sometimes expensive!) acrylic paints, try layering paints on top of your “dirty” roller/brush and just keep on painting. The wet-on-wet will cause the fresh paints to be deposited immediately and with further reworking of the brush/roller the older colours will blend into the foreground. Make sense? Beautiful AND frugal!
A word of caution: be careful not to get too crazy about colour mixing…choose them wisely, or else you might end up with some dull, muddy tones in the end. A good rule of thumb: don’t deviate too far from your initial colour palette…that way the blending will look natural on your canvas. Colour contrast is nice and can create some powerful eye-catching effects, but it typically looks best when applied in a controlled setting.
Happy painting, peeps!