How to create an unified acrylic painting.
Start with an empty blank canvas and …launch! Only kidding! Thinking ahead of where you want the piece to go in terms of warm or cool influence select a base color to tone your board. For example if you are planning on creating a landscape on a warm sun filled day, consider staining the board with a yellow, yellow ocher or even possibly a cadmium red. This may sound like a bold move but you will be working with a diluted version of the paint. Essentially you just want to stain the board to set the tone. A stain is a thinned down application of the hue (color) of choice which actually allows the brilliant white of the canvas to create an illuminated effect. Allow this to dry and then use your brush or a light charcoal stick and put your landscape sketch in. As you are painting feel free to let some of this illuminated color to shin through, unifying your painting. and most of all have fun!