Modern abstract paintings by Osnat Tzadok

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  • August 13, 2015
  • Osnat Tzadok

Acrylic paints: everything you should know

Paintings are beautiful. No matter what they're of, how they're created, or even what type of paint is used. But the type of paint used can also determine the way one perceives the piece of work. Oil paints are used to create an image that is well blended and smooth, but acrylic paint is used to capture the brightness and texture of artwork. Although there are many different types of paint to be used out there, acrylic is the most versatile.

What is acrylic paint?

This type of paint is one of the most popular types because it is quite cheap because it is basically made of plastics. It is a very fast drying paint that allows artists to work quickly to blend and finish their pieces. You will find the brightest and most variety in colors with this type of paint. It's also very convenient for artists because it is water-soluble and becomes water proof when it has dried.

What are the uses for acrylic paint?

One might find this question useless because, well, it's used for painting! While this is definitely true, it's not the only thing that acrylic paint can be used for. Sure, you can use acrylic paint to make wonderful paintings, but you can also use it for many different craft projects. Because it dries so quickly and is basically a form of plastic, it's very convenient for many DIY projects. You can also use this type of paint on a number of different surfaces including things like canvas, wood, glass, plastic, metals, and plaster. So any DIY project you have in mind, acrylic paint will do wonders!

Are there different types of acrylic paints?

While this type of paint is typically universal, there are different types of it to use for different projects. There are types of acrylic paints called student grade. These are the paints that are typically used in school and art classes - hence the name "student grade". They are generally cheaper as well since they are used in bulk settings. There's also craft paint. Because the intent for this paint is to be used on projects, it usually has a thicker, more durable consistency. One other type is artist acrylic paint. This is the highest quality acrylic paints you can buy that are specifically meant to create paintings.

Which is better, acrylic or oil paints?

This is really up to whoever is buying a painting or creating the painting. The styles are very different and they produce varying results. Acrylic paint is used on art that is more bold and defying; whereas oil paints tend to be more low-key, relaxed, and sultry. The advantage of acrylic paints over oils is that it's waterproof, so there's no fear of anything damaging the masterpiece.

Overall, acrylic paints offer many advantages and uses. The bright colors, different types, and versatility is unmatched by any other type of paint out there. It's truly an amazing paint that anybody can enjoy using or viewing on canvas!

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