7 Tips for Acrylic Painting on Wood

Hello friends! I’ve been wanting to paint acrylic flowers for weeks now, and today I am sharing all of my tips to create an Acrylic Painting on wood.

I enjoy acrylic painting, and have previously shared my ideas for acrylic painting on canvas and acrylic paint on paper. Today let’s try wood!

acrylic on wood painting

I went with simple idea and finished this small 6 by 6 inch artist wood panel in under 30 minutes. I love the pop of color and textures and this looks perfect on my spring mantel!

acrylic painting on wood


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7 tips for painting with acrylics on wood

Here are some of my tips to get the best results while painting on wood with acrylic


  1. Acrylic paints are often thinned down with water while painting- but for acrylic painting on wood you want to avoid adding water to the wood canvas as much as possible.
  2. Using a very dry paint brush works best while creating your acrylic on wood painting. Another option is to scoop and layer paint using a palette knife as I did here today.
  3. Don’t be scared to put down color onto your canvas. Unlike watercolors, you can layer paint upon paint while using acrylics. This is a great way to learn and make mistakes and fix them easily.
  4. Start with a few colors and mix them. I used just 4 colors to begin and mixed them as I went. Mix yellow and white to create a lighter shade in your flower. Mix blue and green to create interesting looking leaves.
  5. Create a light, mid and dark tone for each color. Use a white to lighten your main color. Use a touch of grey or black to create the darker tone. This way it is easier to create depth and lightness in your paintings.
  6. Add texture. Create stroke marks. Make things uneven and your own creativity to your art. I like using a palette knife to layer paint onto my canvas but try using your fingers, an old paint brush or even a popsicle stick.
  7. Have fun. Off all the mediums you can choose to paint flowers from, acrylics are the most forgiving and the most fun! Play with color, mix and match tones to create something unique.

Painting acrylic flowers easy


painting on wood with acrylic video:

Watch the video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqFiQLbu0QM

acrylic painting on wood

Don’t you love the look of an Acrylic Painting on Wood vs canvas? The wood grain texture adds an unexpected interest and makes painting with acrylics on wood so special


I LOVE painting/coloring and drawing flowers and here are a few basic tips:

  • Painting acrylic flowers can be as easy as adding a center to a circle of petals or as complex as you want to make it.
  • Every flower needs some leaves. Leaves contrast beautifully in color with flowers and bring in much more detail to the flower itself.
  • Try to create clusters- like two large yellow flowers and a group of smaller blue flowers
  • If a blank canvas seems daunting, try to have  a sketch on hand or look for inspiration in magazines and nature.

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


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  1. I love the colors you used! And for someone who have very little idea on how to use/coordinate colors, I thank you for including your tips about it on this tutorial.

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