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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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Molybdenum-Blues Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely article! My brother is an art student and he loves acrylics.
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jane-beata 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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jane-beata Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, exactly! Thank you for stopping by :heart:
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jane-beata Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Retardant agents or slow drying acrylics could be the solution to your problem ; glad to hear you're enjoy the medium :heart:

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jane-beata Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
True true, thank you for your comment :heart:
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jane-beata Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
There is a wonderful brand of acrylics Golden that makes slow drying acrylics (Golden Open), those are blast to work with, the texture stays wet for hours!

Thank you for reading :heart:
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jane-beata Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by ^^
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SeaSpryte Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so timely, Jane. Thank you for posting it. I just finished a painting [link] using watercolors and liquid acrylic paints. My sister gave me the acrylics and this was the first time I'd ever used aacrylics. They were really easy to use, and dried quickly and come in such wonderfully vibrant colors. They meshed beautifully with the watercolor paints.

The only downside is that, to paint, I put them on the plastic palette that I use for my watercolors. When the acrylic paint dried on the palette, it was really quite hard to scrape it all off. Next time I'll clean up my palette much more quickly.
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jane-beata Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I had the opportunity to try out Golden (especially Golden Open, the slow drying ones) and there are no other acrylics I would have appreciated more. As for gouache, I've never heard one negative comment about that medium, everyone who puts their hand on gouache seems to love it ^^
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jane-beata Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha wonderful comment ^^
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