Acrylic Painting Basics
Acrylics paints are water-based paints, meaning that water can be used to thin them down and you can clean your brushes with water.
They are made from pigment mixed with acrylic resin and emulsion. They are very fast drying and can also be used in thin, watery glazes.
HOW TO KNOW IF ACRYLIC PAINT IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU
You are the only one who can decide what is right for you and for your lifestyle.
But for most people, they choose it because of how quickly it dries and that they don’t have to use any solvents, just water.
BRAND OF ACRYLIC PAINT YOU CAN BUY
you can buy any of the major brands. Many manufacturers like Ofallonpainter.Com make acrylic paints in a fluid or liquid version as well as with a paste or butter-like consistency.
Painters will have their own preferred brand based on preferences such as colors available and consistency of the paint.
WHAT TYPE OF ACRYLIC PAINTS SHOULD I BUY, IS IT ARTIST’S QUALITY OR WILL STUDENT’S QUALITY DO?
Most student’s colors are cheaper because they have more filler in them. It is better to buy a few quality colors than a whole range of cheap colors.
You may be less inhibited about experimenting if you are using cheaper student colors, however, you can never beat the vibrancy from quality artist’s paints.
HOW MANY BRUSHES DO I NEED FOR PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS?
You will need stiff-bristled brushes for thick acrylic paint and for water color effects, you will need soft-bristled brushes.
You will be faced with an array of sizes and shapes and you will also get different handle length handle.
If you are on a tight budget, you may start with a small and a medium-sized filbert, that is a flat, pointed brush.
They are good because you can use just the tip to get a narrow brush mark and you can push down to get a broad one.
Don’t restrict your selection to only those brushes made from natural hairs as modern synthetic brushes can also be of excellent quality.
Purchase brushes where the hairs quickly spring back up when you bend them.
Be meticulous about cleaning your brushes because if the acrylic paint dries in your brush, it can be very difficult to get it out.