When painting with acrylics (or any paint for that matter!), you and I both know that scooping up a big glob of colour and pushing it across your canvas
, is somehow very fulfilling.
When you know a few
or even if you are
just starting out,
creating great acrylic art is an incredibly satisfying experience. Versatile and sophisticated, these days quality acrylic paint is arguably easier to use than oil paint. In many cases you can't tell the difference between them in a finished piece.
The things I love about painting with acrylics are:
√ Ease of clean up
√ Low toxicity
√ Versatility (particularly
√ Clean, fresh colours
Ease of clean up. One word... Water! Cheap, accessible, and (hopefully!) not toxic. Those of you who have concerns about dealing with chemicals (probably most of us) and fumes, acrylic paints are a no-brainer. Whilst they do contain poisons or toxins, the amount of exposure you have is considerably less than that associated with oil paints (don't drink it though!).
The versatile nature of modern acrylic paint makes the creative process easier. Even
has come ahead in leaps and bounds. Acrylic paints tend to dry quickly, which can be a plus (or not); it's a matter of understanding the paint's characteristics. When in doubt, there are many things you can do with an
acrylic painting medium
to help extend the drying time (or speed it up if you need to).
Newer generation acrylics means vibrant pigments. After a short time, you can paint a bright clean layer straight over the top of another, without muddying your colours. This is not always the case with oil painting. However, horses for courses, acrylic and oil painting
both have their pros and cons.
The fun to be had with acrylic painting is endless. Fast drying time means any mistakes made can be quickly corrected, (or painted over). The paints can be laid out easily, with less fear of mess; and gets you in that fun painting zone, fast!
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