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9 reasons to appreciate ACRYLICS

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 26, 2012, 4:42 AM
1. UNIVERSALITY - Acrylic are probably the most versatile of paints. You can thin them with water and use as watercolor (they will remain permanent upon drying, unlike watercolor), apply them in full strength, create textures.

2. COMBINABLE
- This medium is very suitable to be combined with anything you wish - watercolor, ink, pencils, oils... Free your imagination and experiment!

3. NUMEROUS SUITABLE SURFACES - Acrylics can be used on paper, canvas, wood, metal and many more surfaces (this is true, even though they don't adhere towards some surfaces as promptly as oils). This is a great advantage, when you get used to this medium, you can paint at whatever material you've got available.

4. DON'T STINK - That's right, all of you that have experienced headaches caused by oil paint might just appreciate an acrylic vacation!

5. FAST DRYING TIME - Composition doesn't seem right after you put down your first layer? This is not a problem, wait half an hour and you can repaint it completely, acrylics dry really fast. On the other hand, make sure you don't waste your paint, keep you palette wet and rather squeeze less paint from tubes. In case you don't consider this fact an advantage, there are long drying time acrylics available as well as numerous retardant agents that can be used to regulate drying time.

6. EASY CLEANUP WITH WATER - Not just your hands and floor will appreciate this fact, but also your clothes and tools. Make sure you take a good care of your brushes, though, once you let acrylic dry between brush hair, you won't get it off!

7. CHEAP - At least compare to oils they really are cheap. Just like every medium, even acrylics can be purchased in artist quality, those get expensive but blend nearly like oils, pleasure to work with such.

8. VARIETY OF COLOR - You will find numerous colors and shades available, and will probably take advantage of pre-mixed colors, since they dry oh-so-fast!

9. FUN & CHANGE - Acrylics are tremendous fun! Also, if you don't work in this medium often, it's a delightful change, something to try out that will surely enrich your skills. Chop chop, music on and dance while you paint Boogie!

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What is your experience with acrylics? Do you enjoy the medium for a specific reason or haven't tried it out yet?

Share your thoughts in the comments below Pat pat

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9 reasons to APPRECIATE ACRYLICS written for #Sense-Create-lnspire and #Traditionalists.
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S1lentknyte Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
I adore acrylics.  They are what I grew up using, because they are so easy to come by as well as fun to work with.
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InPBo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
i had acrilics that smeled lic alcohol why is that?

anyway i love working with acrilics i wish we could use them in drawing classes but there is no time for that :/ well i'll keep on self taugh my self how to use them :)
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jjones67009 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love acrylics.  When in the zone, acrylics allow things to happen quickly.  But acrylics can also be slowed down with misting, if desired.  Also acrylic drying time can be sped up a with hair dryer, if necessary.  Yes really - sometimes 20 minutes is to long to wait!
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Vaxl Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
if you don't use an even amount of water in your acrylics, it will crack
make sure all of your paint is mixed with the water on the pallet
you don't have to use volatile paint thinner with oil paints

I would still say oil is more versatile than acrylic simply in the matter of drying time. Even then, there are things to slow and speed up the drying time of both
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AliciaSoriano Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have never used acrylcs but I will try it now! You inspired me hehehe
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RockyGems Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I love acrylics! I used to think I was hopeless with paint until my art teacher introduced me to them :)
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kampfly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I love acrylics and I always use them! Some people get all scandalized when they hear that I use such "low-quality" paint, but I love it and it works really well for me :D They do stink though, just not nearly as bad as oils. I don't notice it, but when other people come into my room (where I paint) they think it smells like nail polish!

I always used acrylic because it was cheap and I'm a student. The only downside is that, depending on what brand you buy, every once in a while you'll get a bottle that is thinner than the others. I know Apple Barrel's Yellow is super thin, but other than that, it's great :D
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
Lovely article! :la:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course some things vary from case to case, personally I only worked with acrylic paint that does not stink - article was meant to be informative and motivational (:

Also thank you for the tip on cleaning the brush!

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading ^^

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for sharing with us :heart:
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Sharkana Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely article, but I do have 2 objections to make xD

#1 there are pretty many acrylic colors that do stink. Very much actually. I'd even say that only the higher priced ones aren't as smelly. And even if they aren't stinking too badly, all of them are made with a lot of chemical components (e.g. mold preventing agents and other stuff) which can cause the painter just as many headaches as some oil color solvents do.

#2 Acrylic color can be cleaned even if it dried completely on the brush. It should come off easily with every decent brush cleaner :)
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Ra-bird Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thank you for including my work in this beautiful arrangement, and wonderful feature! :butterfly:
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Molybdenum-Blues Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely article! My brother is an art student and he loves acrylics.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
It also rewards spontaneity and a sure touch better than any other medium I know of-- you're really walking on the highwire of emotional expressiveness with that stuff! :iconeeeeeplz:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: Aren't you good-hearted! I shall work my best not to lose that precious spot :tighthug:

It will be a while before I'm "done" with watercolor as my main medium, if ever. The unique feel of it recovers my soul the way no other technique could, slowly washing away the pollution in my mind..
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love watercolors so much, though; you really are one of the artists I admire the most, particularly with that medium...
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading & stopping by! ^^
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:boogie:
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k-hots Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i hope i can start soon....... don't really know when... >__<
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely.:nod: I love acrylics, they go extremely well with my usual media (colorpencils, watercolors and markers mostly)
Same here.:nod:
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MLS-art Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for this great feature, great artists !
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome : )
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AngryCinnabon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome :) hope you have a fun time painting
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Digital Artist
No, I haven't. I need to replace my acrylics anyway since the threads are breaking off on the caps.

What I did try though was my own wet pallet. I can't keep them for over a week since they start to mold. It's still annoying though since it's hard to mix paint then put it on the paper properly.
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I love acrylics :)
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JenniferWeiler Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely! (:
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freelyne Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
U cant paint with water over oils, I talk about that thing.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: Thank you for stopping by! (:
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SRudy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes that's exactly why I didn't convert to acrylic before, it felt just plastic when it dries and hard to blend again. But since now i organise my painting before i start working i don't feel the need to correct stuff with acrylics, i'm not having this problem.
In my opinion, I feel that gouache is just perfect for cubism work :D it's just easier to make sharp edges using it, unlike oil and acrylic...
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Fruity-Tuity Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Definitely agree with you :).
I'm currently trying out watercolors but acrylics are easy to work with.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooh, I'll have to check those out! Thanks for the tip. :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It could be (: Gouache is quite fascinating, but professional gouache feels completely different than school ones, it feels nearly as if the color was organic, to me. Acrylics are quite different, I used to dislike them a lot for reasons that are hard to explain, it felt somehow "plastic", the material did not appeal to me as oils have, but in time I came to appreciate it's practical qualities. They should be even more durable than oils and they don't yellow over time..
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, exactly! Thank you for stopping by :heart:
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I started out painting with acrylics. Love them. Just make sure you clean your brushes well. If that dries on...the brushes are goners. :omg: (from experience.)
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The-Hollster Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool, thank you.
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The-Hollster Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool, thank you.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I'm with you on that, my little one has destroyed a couple of my traditional paintings already, accidentally of course - yet, traditional media can be so relaxing, to get in touch with color physically..

Thank you for reading & commenting! (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oil adheres quite fondly towards many surfaces, even the difficult ones, acrylics are not so friendly - indeed. You still can add acrylics over oils, but it will take rich paint and a couple of layers. Your second premise I completely agree with, thanks for commenting (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading and commenting, it's appreciated :heart: I understand, that's why I use different palettes for oils, acrylics, watercolor and gouache, plastic ones :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment - it gets annoying sometimes, have you tried slow drying ones?
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading & your comment (: Well, acrylics I've came to work with did not smell at all, perhaps it depends on a brand? Gouache is wonderful indeed!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thanks for the suggestion, I might try that out. And of course for the comment & reading the article ;)

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, I'm with ya on that! Even though it's good to practice a couple of techniques from time to time, gives your brain a nice stretch :D
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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SRudy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes what i love about gouache is that it dries fast and you continue your work by blending colours with waters even after it dries, unlike acrylics. But i'm getting used to acrylics anyway.

I believe that acrylic is probably the hardest type of paint. :heart:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment, lovely to hear you enjoy the medium (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed, I'm the impatient type and that's why I stopped oil works for a while - with acrylics I'm able to finish a painting within a week or two.
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