How to Paint Acrylic on Wood Like a Pro

Imagine you cleaning out your garage one day and find a plain piece of woodblock and think to yourself, this will look great on the wall with an art piece on it. The only problem is, you don’t know how to paint acrylic on wood.

If you’re an artist or on the creative side, chances are you are all about breaking convention and trying out new things.

An artist’s mind is constantly searching for stimulation, bringing out beauty where others might see none.

Turning a plain piece of wood into a masterpiece artwork should be right up your alley then. Here is all you need to know about painting on wood with acrylic.

Prepare the Wood Before Painting 

Before you get on painting your next masterpiece, some housekeeping needs to be done. You need to prepare the wood. This isn’t an absolute necessity, but it is recommended.

Preparing wood before starting to paint ensures your painting will last long and keep looking pristine. So, it is always a good idea to give the wood a coat of primer.

It helps paint stick on the surface better. If you’re trying to make a painting that is quite robust, then priming the wood is almost a necessity.

How to Paint Acrylic on Wood

How to Paint Acrylic on Wood

So, how should you go on about preparing the wood for painting? Start simple. Give it a good clean first.

Clean the Wood

This step basically removes any dirt or debris that might be stuck on it.

You use a damp cloth to give it a thorough clean. Don’t use a very damp cloth though. Too much moisture isn’t good for any wood.

Sand It Down 

After you’ve cleaned the wood, you might also want to sand it down. Sanding it will give you a smooth surface to work, and you will thank yourself later.

This might be a tad bit tedious. But it is certainly worth the effort. Use 140 to 180 grit sandpaper.

Time for the Primer

Now, get out the primer. We’re priming this baby. Priming the wood before painting on it not only makes the acrylic paint stick better but also helps to make the paint more vibrant.

Every stroke will have a great shine to it, which you and others will appreciate — no need to go crazy here.

A thin layer of primer will do just fine. You can use any good-quality wood primer from any reputable brand.

Pro Tip: When applying a primer, you can use either a brush or roller. While both are perfectly fine, using a roller will give you a consistent coat and make it easier for you to apply the primer more evenly.

Now you can take a break and take some time to get inspired because you will need to let the primer dry for at least one day or 24 hours.

Not allowing the primer to dry properly will be disastrous. Be patient; let it dry completely.

Start Painting

Acrylic paint works great on wood, given you prepared it beforehand. It is also a good idea to add a background color before you start painting. This will act as a base layer.

Pick a color of your choice (preferable a dark color), put a little dab of the color onto the palette, and coat the wood with it using a large flat brush. The paint will take roughly 20 minutes to dry, at most 1 hour.

You can now start painting whatever you want. Make sure you use all the usual best practices when it comes to painting to make sure your final piece turns out just the way you want it.

That will include dipping your paintbrush in water often to keep it clean and the bristles soft.

Even if you’re using just a single color for the whole piece, we would still recommend dipping your paintbrush in the water now and then.

This will make the brush easier to work with.

Seal the Paint 

Last but not least, all there is left to do is to use a sealant to seal the paint. This will protect your art further and prevent it from chipping or peeling.

Sealants are pretty useful, especially if the painting will be displayed outside where the elements can do a number on it.

Even if you’re sure your painting will not be left outside, we highly recommend sealing it with a sealant to ensure longevity. There are two types of sealant you can buy.

A spray-on sealant or a roll-on sealant. Both are great choices and perform admirably well.

Keep in mind, though, no matter which type of sealant you use, you need to apply the sealant properly with the right procedures.

Final Words

Painting on wood is not that difficult. Now that you know how to paint acrylic on wood, you can create all the masterpieces of the beautiful artwork you want.

You can hang these on your walls, or hey, why not sell them online? No one said artists couldn’t be entrepreneurial.

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