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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.

- 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!


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.)
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, exactly! Thank you for stopping by :heart:
churien Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I like peeling dried acrylic paint off :iconheplz:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
YES. :lol: Peeling off acrylics is the most fun form of cleaning to me.
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 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:
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.
bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thank you very much for explanation! :hug: :heart:
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 :)
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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