Acrylic paint has become the number one choice for many reasons; it dries very quickly. School projects, using a poster board, use this method of paint because it dries quickly with impatient children. Making signs for yard sales or political rallies, this type of paint can be applied in thin coats and give one the quality look they desire. Great if one is in a hurry and needs to produce something with paints and needs it to dry in a small time frame.

Acrylics can be thinned down with water to make them have a different appearance and texture. One can use them straight from the tube for a thicker look. By thinning down with water, one can take the same colour and come up with different shades for dramatic effect. A yellow out of the tube, quickly becomes a muted yellow for contrast, in a work of art.

Cleaning Up With Acrylics

One of the reasons so many choose acrylic paint is because they do not have to use solvents with them. Oil based paints and other varieties require one to use a solvent to remove them. Clean up can be very difficult and will require the use or turpentine or another solvent. Brushes used with acrylic type of paint, can easily be cleaned up, when soaked in soap and water. Acrylics can be easily wiped out of carpets and off of clothing, with a little elbow grease and some water. Parent prefer to let children use watercolours or acrylics because of the ease of cleanup and the less risk involved. Acrylics are often first choice for cleanup and second for the magnificent colors pallet offered.

The Difference in Acrylics

There are many different types of acrylics and one should know the difference, when shopping for this type of paint. Student forms of acrylics, or those used in a classroom, have fillers. These styles of paints are significantly cheaper and easier to obtain. They are great to use for beginners because they have the economical price tag. Paints marked with ‘hue’ or ‘imitation’, are often of a cheaper grade. These will have a certain hue of the real colour, but it will not be an authentic colour. These paints are made from cheaper pigments of colour, to arrive at a hue, or replica of the desired colour. One experimenting might want to try this range first, and then work on to the higher quality paints.

Professional style paints are the ones artists use. These can usually not be found in a regular department store, but rather a specialty craft store. They are of a thicker consistency, because they have less filler in them. More exclusive paints are described as having “butter like consistency." When using acrylics, each artist has their own opinion for how they want the consistency to be. Often these butter like consistency paints, are thinned down to create effect. However it is easier to thin down paint, than to make it thicker, so that is why so many opt for thicker artistic paints to begin with, they are controllable.

What Kind of Brushes Work Best

When using a thick style acrylic colour, you will need a stiff-bristled brush. Filberts brushes are great for those who find themselves on a budget. These brushes can create two different types of strokes, simply by the way it is held. One can get a "narrow brush mark" from the tip and a broader stroke by pushing down on the bristles.

Painting is a therapeutic activity, which many people enjoy. When selecting paints for masterpieces, acrylics are often the first choice for many reasons.

Acrylics are an economical way for beginners to experiment and also fine quality for the master artist. From school projects to work of art, acrylics are the art supplies to use.

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