Acrylic Paints Useful Info

A Bit About Acrylic Paint

Why are there are so many different acrylic paints? Aaarrrghh!

It can get a little confusing can’t it but each has its place, whether the deciding factor is the consistency, pigmentation or price the right one for you is out there. Hopefully this post will help just a little.

I have to fess-up here, acrylic is pretty much the only type of paint I’ve used and as I’m no scientist you’re just getting the basics here and in layman’s terms.

That said, I know that unlike traditional oil paint, acrylic paints are water-based and are, in the main, non-toxic. There is little-to-no odour, they are non-flammable, quick drying and easy clean up with soap and water. But you still need to be careful, acrylics are permanent when dry so if you do get it on your clothes, wash it out straight away. You don’t want to end up like this at any time!

Acrylics come in different types in consistencies best describe in terms of dairy foods (from my point of view anyway).

Fluid – this has a consistency a bit like double cream and is the type I use a lot of in my decorative painting, particularly when using the stylus for dot designs. It’s lovely and smooth and leaves a great finish. Dries a bit darker than when wet.

Soft bodied – a bit like yoghurt and also goes on smoothly. It’s really good when you need to use mediums (another post to come on these), and if you did need a more fluid consistency for any areas you could add a little water to thin it down.

Heavy bodied – now this one is more like soft cheese and is the one that is closest to what you would expect from oil paints. Great for creating texture on your project because just like oil paints this will leave your brush strokes visible, get even more texture with a palette knife.

If you would like a bit more of the science behind acrylic paints there is a great post by Liquitex here:

Happy painting! 🙂

Note: I have no affiliation to any of the stores, suppliers or brands mentioned above.

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