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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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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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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, exactly! Thank you for stopping by :heart:
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churien Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I like peeling dried acrylic paint off :iconheplz:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
YES. :lol: Peeling off acrylics is the most fun form of cleaning to me.
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I've never drawn with acrylics...but I will give them a try!! They look like a very versatile tool...plus I really like the strong, vivid colours you can obtain by using them.
Just one question: do I need to buy watercolor paper to use acrylics, or a thicker, smooth paper is enough? (I use Fabriano F4 smooth sheets, which are quite thick -- 220 g/m2- gsm, yet they aren't good for watercolors).

Thank you for this article! :hug:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading & stopping by to comment :heart:

Depends on how you use them - if you thin them with water too much, you need a watercolor paper to be able to soak the wetness, otherwise (used in full strength) even any paper should be good enough. There are special papers available for acrylics, even oils or mixed media techniques, I recommend using thicker ones.
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thank you very much for explanation! :hug: :heart:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to paint with acrylic, but having small children I found digital much more practical than traditional techniques, since it's faster to begin, and when you get interrupted then just save the painting with a click, without having a lot of paint and materials to wash.
But i would like in the future to do something traditional again.
I miss the smell of colours :)
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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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freelyne Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
-u can add oil over acrylics, but u cant add acrylics over oil.
-good for first layer cause dry fast but bad for final results cause dry fast...
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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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freelyne Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
U cant paint with water over oils, I talk about that thing.
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SeaSpryte Featured By Owner 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 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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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Acrylic is my favorite paint to work with, I just hate how fast it dries.
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:iconjane-beata:
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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:iconzalcoti:
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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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Point 4. is incorrect, acrylics do stink (of chemicals) and oils don't. Only the paint thinner smells. Oil paints actually smell pretty good to me, has that oily natural smell to it which I find pretty attractive.
But I'll prefer gouache over the two as it combines most of the acrylic points with the layering ability of oils. Good gouache paint is not cheap though. : /
Nice featured art!
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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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mel-mel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like acrylics. I'd probably be too impatient for oil. Although not as accurate, and without the convenience of layers, acrylics are a really nice alternative for people like me who have a hard time painting on computer (or drawing anything on computer, really).
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment (:
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AngryCinnabon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Acrylic paint is the paint of choice in the art class i'm taking. 90% of the time that we paint, we use acrylics, because they are easy to use and correct.

Another paint I would recommend if you enjoy the look of watercolor is block tempera paint :) it's easy to blend and you can always clean the blocks without losing too much paint if you make it messy.
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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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AngryCinnabon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome :) hope you have a fun time painting
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Ensaru64 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to love acrylics, but watercolor stole it's thunder. Acrylics are still awesome, but watercolor challenges me and flow more freely.
What can I say? I love difficult stuff.
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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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sock-eating-ninjas Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
ooh, man, it DOES not wash off clothes though...
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod:
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Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Writer
Acrylics are awesome! I love them... Ever since my mother introduced them to me I used them instead of the dry watercolors.
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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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Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Writer
I meant to say that she introduced me to them. xD
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You're right Jane! Acrylics are great, I do love them too :)
I've been working with them since a couple of years now, but since August I've painted around 30 pieces using acrylics for university (we had to choose any medium, and I absolutely don't regret it). The fact that they dry so fast is great, you can get some nice textures really quick!
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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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CustardAndPie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE acrylics. In 5th grade, I was in a special Art Docent program, and we had to recreate a painting from the nearby art museum. Our teacher had us use acrylics (Because oils apparently contain toxic chemicals), and let's face it: That first use of acrylics not only introduced me to them, but now they're my paint of choice. Although I don't paint much these days, they're still my paint of choice. Not to mention they're very high quality!!!

Go acrylics!!!!!!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha that's the spirit, thanks for reading (:
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JenniferWeiler Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylics certainly are fun but after I first tried water soluble oils back in college, I got hooked on them and never looked back. XD

Lovely article; thanks for sharing! (:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for stopping by and your comment (:
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JenniferWeiler Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely! (:
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
10. Acrylics are mixable with alcohol-based markers.:la:

but in my country acrylics are about the same price of oils.:o
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, there is surely much more to acrylics than what I wrote in this quick motivational overview (: Price depends on the quality, in here I can purchase school quality acrylics for 1-2 euro/tube but artist quality tube costs me 12 euro. The school ones are good for practice, underpainting, textures ^^
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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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monochromera Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I recently started working with acrylics, and I must say, I completely agree! :D lovely journal by the way, quite informative~
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading ^^
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monochromera Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
you're welcome :3
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The-Hollster Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I love using Acrylics for final college works=) The only thing that annoys me about them is that they do dry a little too quickly for my liking, as I try to merge/blend the colours on the canvas at the time.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner 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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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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Hazel23 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was always taught not to add water to acrylics, don't remember the reason instead.

When using acrylics, I always use a generous amount of liquid matte with it--dries with a nice matte finish, helps thin the paint and also makes it more translucent, which is really good for blending.
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