Artist Ashley Krieger

2022 Workshop 1

Easy Breezy Beach Art with Acrylics

Acrylics are a remarkable permanent, rich, colorful, versatile, and adaptable medium that gives artists endless possibilities. No wonder they attract artists all over the world! These lessons will teach you how to get started with acrylics and take you on a journey to the ocean with them as we paint some simple beach art.

Workshop 1 Introduction

Started March 7th, 2022

Lesson 1: Welcome to Acrylics and the Ocean


Dive right into the basic supplies you need to get started with acrylics. Then discover my solutions to acrylic obstacles, such as keeping the paints from drying too fast. Then we'll explore simple techniques while we create a beautiful underwater ocean scene together.

Started March 14th, 2022

Lesson 2: Fun Ocean Wave Painting


We’re going to catch the wave of fun brushstrokes, as we learn about paint brushes and brush stroke techniques. By the end we’ll have created an awesome ocean wave together.

Started March 21st, 2022

Lesson 3: Calm Beach Painting


We’re going to learn how to mix and match colors simply so we can relax when we create colors and blend them on our canvas. By the end we will have created a beautiful beach scene together and some serious zen.

Started March 28th, 2022

Lesson 4: Tropical Seascape and Exploring the World of Acrylics


Creating art is about discovering possibilities, expressing who we are, and getting into the flow so we can enjoy the relaxing benefits. While we paint a tropical seascape I’ll teach you where to discover more about acrylics, painting, and your inner art style.

Workshop 1 Supply List



System 3 Acrylic Paints

System3 Heavy Body or Soft Body Acrylic Paint (instructor uses Heavy Body)

Paint Colors:

  • Blue (Process Cyan)
  • Dark Blue (Prussian Blue)
  • Medium Blue (Ultramarine Blue)
  • Green (Phthalo Green)
  • Yellow (Cadmium or Lemon yellow)
  • Brown (Burnt Sienna)
  • Red (Cadmium Red Hue)
  • Magenta (Process Magenta)
  • White (Titanium White)
  • Black (Mars or Ivory black)

Princeton Select Artiste Brush - Round #6-8

- Round Brush (#6-8)

- Detail Brush (#0-1)

Princeton Select Artiste Brush - 1/2 Inch flat brush

- 1/2" Flat Brush

Princeton Select Artiste Brush - 1 Inch flat brush

- 1" Flat Brush

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Topic: Lesson 1 Questions Post Here

Hi Everyone. Thanks for participating in the lesson 1 video! Please post all questions related to this particular video lesson within this discussion group so I don't miss anything. Feel free to ask anything. I'm happy to help. I hope you enjoyed painting and learning with me!
Hello! I am wondering how to clean my brushes and the palate when I am done with working. I am REALLY new to this. Thank you. Natalia
Cleaning brushes: The great thing about acrylics is that you can clean your brushes simply with water. Make sure to clean them until all the color is out. Any paint that is left on a brush will dry and be difficult to remove and can ruin the brush. After I clean my brush I reshape it with my fingers. Then I lay it flat to dry. Once my brushes are dry I put them brush side up in a jar. If any of my brushes need special care (frayed end) I will use a brush conditioner when I reshape the brush with my fingers. Those can be found at art stores. Cleaning palette: The palette I showed you how to make in this lesson is very easy to clean. I simply discard the paper and towels in it. Acrylic paint is easy to peel once it is dry. If you use a plastic tray or palette just let the acrylic completely dry and then simply peel it off. Let me know if you have any additional questions about cleaning brushes and palettes.
Hi Ashley I had fun doing this lesson. I found doing the variable brush strokes a bit tricky. I added some fish but instead of looking like sunlight shining on them, they look a bit like the are out of the water. Can this be fixed? Lotus
Hi Lotus If you add a thin layer of the blue background color that is near the fishes it will make the fishes look like they are in the water instead of on top of your canvas. Just add water to the blue and apply a thin amount over the fish.
Okay Thank you, Ashley :)
Just a comment, am loving your lessons. I've played with acrylics in the past but am learning from watching you. Just lovely and tranquil, thank you
Hi Pamela 👋 I'm glad you're enjoying these lessons.