5 Advantages of Using Acrylic Paint by gyvwpgjmtx

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									When I used to think of paint and paintings, I would think of either water colors or oil
paints, I never thought of acrylic paint. I had heard of acrylics, but I never really gave
them any thought until recently when I saw some wonderful acrylic paintings at the
Fairhaven Originals Gallery. There were a couple of things about them that really
caught my eye, things that turned out to be advantages of acrylics over other types of
paints.
  But first, a little bit of history about acrylic paint. Most of us are primarily familiar
with oils and water colors, the first because that is the paint used by all of the old
masters; the second because we all used water colors in school as children. Though
ours were on a little tray instead of in tubes! Acrylics have not been around for very
long. They were first introduced for use in the art world in the 1950’s under the name
of Magna by Bocour Artist Colors. These original acrylics were mineral spirit-based
paints, though only a few years later water-based acrylic paints became available.
Andy Warhol was one of the first famous painters to adopt the use of acrylics. Not
much else can be said about acrylics, without discussing their benefits. So here are
advantages of using acrylic paints. Acrylics can be used with a wide range of
techniques. They can be thinned down with water and used as a wash like watercolors,
or used to build up thick layers of paint, even to the point of having relief features that
are sculptural. Anywhere from a gloss to a matte finish can be accomplished using
different techniques. Can be used on a wide range of media. Though oil and water
paints can be used on different media, acrylics can bond to a greater variety of
different surfaces. Besides canvas and paper, acrylics can be used on wood, metal,
concrete, stone, and more. Plus, the appearance of the paint can be modified
depending upon the surface and other media introduced to the paint. acrylic paints are
fast drying. This is one of the primary differences between acrylic paint and oils, and
depending upon what you are doing, it is either good or bad. With some techniques, a
long drying time is beneficial, it allows for more time to blend colors. But for the
artist who likes to work quickly, acrylics are a must. It is the fast evaporation of water
that allows for the quicker drying time, and if it dries too quickly for you, you can add
in retarders to slow down the drying process.? Acrylics can be mixed with a wide
range of media. You can add a lot of textures and variety to your art by mixing other
media into the paint. Some of the possibilities include sand, rice or pasta. Or, when
the acrylic dries, you can use other media, such as charcoal, pen, and pastels on top of
the paint. Acrylics seem to be more stable than other paints. They have only been
around for 60 years, but so far there are no signs of cracking, yellowing or other
deterioration. If you have not yet tried acrylic paints, give them a chance. With some
of their many advantages, you may be quite pleased with your results.

 Here are some great examples of acrylic paintings online, giving you just a small
sample of the diversity of uses with acrylic paints.

								
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