I work in gouache! I never got the hang of using acrylics, so I don’t have any great tips.
However, if I were to try acrylic again I would try a bunch of different mediums to make the acrylic work in a way that works for me. Last time I browsed the acrylic mediums aisle there were a ton of things that alter the way acrylic behaves - you can use it in thin washes like watercolor, or build up layers slowly, or keep it thick and blend it before it dries, you can make your canvas textured or smooth by varying how thickly you apply the paint.
SO I guess my tip would be to try acrylic every which way until you’re satisfied with the results and the process. I’ve been thinking of trying it again and that would be my approach too.
Hope this helps!
(P.S. I can’t tell when this ask was sent, and I just now noticed it so sorry if this went unanswered for a while!)