Acrylic Paints: An Ultimate Choice for your Painting!

by denisesanger on February 28, 2012

Are you looking for a water based paint which emerges as beautiful as oil paint, as dense as impasto and as thin as water color?  Acrylic paints have the ability and capability of meeting all the three requirements. Being extremely versatile and affordable, they are suitable for all expressive painting styles  and most especially for the beginning artist. Acrylic paints will help the new artist build confidence and painting skills quickly. There is no need for worry about drying time, paint storage, clean up or expense. New artists can create a well rounded palette of good color for a very affordable price.

Techniques involved in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic paints are often made from polyethylene. They can easily be diluted with water so they tend to dry very fast. However, once dried they become water resistant. A quick drying paint, it can be over painted without actually affecting the initial layer. Here are some of the basic as well as conventional acrylic painting techniques for you to consider while using acrylics.

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Bonus features of acrylic paints…

Prevent from drying – As acrylics have the tendency for drying quickly, try to squirt only a small quantity out of the tube. The most effective method is to squeeze the color  out onto a wet palette.  This will keep the color moist and you can easily modify the paint on your mixing palette. Alternately, you can also use a light water spray to keep the painting moist.

Create different applications – No matter what your taste or preference is, you can easily create textures by using acrylics. For a light transparent layer, you can dilute it by adding a little water and paint a transparent wash just like watercolors. If you desire a solid coverage, choose the opaque acrylic pigments,  you can use the paint as is, and apply an opaque layer where needed. And since it has a tendency of drying quickly, you can easily paint over it without causing any damage to the basic layer.

While you Blend – Acrylics do not stay wet for a long time and so it is very important for you to work as fast as you can while blending colors. You can use retarders or Extenders to reduce the drying process and increase your working time for good and relaxed blending. The Extender will also allow you to work with acrylics the same way as many oil painters use oil paint. This is one of the greatest and most popular benefits to the artist. You can also use flow improver besides water to boost the flow of the color to accentuate the strength of the color while you blend. If you want to decrease the viscosity of acrylics, you can use suitable extenders that are reliable enough.

Post Drying – Once acrylics are dried, it can be very difficult to remove the dry acrylic paint from clothing. However, alcohol can lift some of the paints which water or other solvents aren’t capable of. You can also use hand sanitizer right away to desolve the wet paint if it gets on clothing or furniture.

Brushes – No matter what type of application you prefer, always take immense care of your brushes. Synthetic brushes work well with acrylic paint. Wipe excess paint with clean paper towels, or with a cloth after you immerse it in water so that the excess water will not thin your paint too much. Always be careful of dropping water on your wet acrylic paintings.

Clean up – Use household soap and water for easy clean up. No solvents or thinners are required, acrylic paints can be washed off your brushes with a good solution of soapy water, until the rince water runs clear.

Adding textures and blending colors is not only easy with acrylic paints but also fun. So if you want a versatile color palette for your most awaited painting, and for learning how to paint, acrylic paint is the most suitable choice!

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