By Shaz Walker
Gaining popularity in the late 1940’s, acrylic painting has gained in popularity by both artists and critics alike. Acrylic paints are able to produce a fantastic array of effects. From vibrant full washes to thin detailed strokes, this is the medium of choice by many new and established artists. With the increase in detail over water color and oil, a new market of art critics has opened up. Some of the benefits of Acrylics are that it doesn’t crack and bleed like oils are known to do. Also – the paintings are reasonably priced, making them affordable to all.
Up until recently, a large part of an artist’s day was spent mixing their own paints. Acrylic paints take a lot of the difficulty away from those days as they are easily modified to the desired viscosity, or thickness. Acrylic paint can also adhere to more surfaces than both Oil and Water-color, again making for more variety and consistency in the delivered artwork.
Acrylic paintings are also great because of the fast drying-time of the paint. Acrylic paints are usually dry within a few hours, adding a second coat of paint, or painting over an already painted surface can be done on the same day. With Oils you might have to wait for weeks before being able to do the same thing.
If you are just starting out with your painting, I highly suggest starting with Acrylics. Remember, play around and never stop experimenting. Have fun! Remember – Art is supposed to be relaxing!
About the author:
Shaz Walker is a proud mother of three who spends all of her free (yeah right) time doing anything creative. Shaz loves to get a paintbrush in her hand and see where it will take her. With so many great ideas about Arts & Crafts, her friends insisted that she start her own blog. You can find Shaz at http://www.prettyperfectblog.com.
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