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Acrylic Painting

Acrylic Painting  techniques work with polymer-based acrylic paint. A fast-drying paint  suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic paint can be diluted with  water. The unique characteristic of acrylic paint is that it is  non-removable when dry. It eliminates the mixture of turpentine and  gesso. Therefore, it can be apply directly on the canvas surface.

Acrylics were first  introduced in 1950s. It was a mineral-based paint known as Magna.  Water-based acrylic paint which is also known as “latex” house paint was  sold at a later time. It is a mixture of binder, filler, water and  pigment. Subsequently, water based acrylic binders and water soluble  acrylic paints were introduced later.

As acrylic paint is non-removable,  isopropyl alcohol is used to remove the fresh paint off. In preparing  for painting with acrylic, avoid using non-stable or non-archival  elements to gesso.

Painter often used acrylic as the paint dry faster on canvas compared to  oil paints. The slow drying of oil can be seen as a pro and also con  for painters depending on their preference. The duration it takes for  the oil paint to dry delays the painters to work in a short span of  time. For oil paint, painters have to abide by the technique “fat over  lean” to prevent the final layer from cracking and peeling. However, due  to the consistent drying time in acrylic paint, painters do not have to  use “fat over lean”.

Also, acrylic paint is used as painter can modify the appearance and  texture of a work. The paint can bond to many different surfaces.  Acrylic paintings can last more than 50 years without cracking or  peeling while oil paints will dry after some time. Acrylic paints are  useful in mixed media. The paint lets the pastel, charcoal or pen to be  applied on top of the dried acrylic surface.

Acrylic paint glazes are used to create  depth in an image. The paint is bright when brushed onto canvas  revealing the layers underneath to create a more realistic outcome.  Light coloured glazes have the power to soften an effect when it is used  on bright surfaces.

Golden Acrylic Glazes gives the painters more time to work with the  paint without doubt as it comes in a ready to use bottle. Painters will  usually wait till the layer dries before starting on a new layer from  leaving smudges. After painting several layers, painters will now spray  rubbing alcohol to reveal layers and colour underneath.

 

Acrylic  Painting Tips

Acrylic is versatile and therefore, there are a few tips and guidance  for beginners. Due to the fast-drying nature of acrylic paint, squeeze  only little paint from the tube. To prevent water drops running down and  leaving smudges on your painting, put paper towel or water jar and wipe  it frequently after rinsing the brush.

A reminder for the beginners, acrylic paint  can be opaque if it is applied once it was squeezed from the tube or  even when it is mixed with white. The acrylic paint is permanent when it  dries. Use thin layers if you want a transparent glaze as heavy layer  produces a glossy surface.

Flow improver medium increases the colour with minimal loss of  colour strength. An effective technique to blend colours is by working  fast on your piece. Masking fluid can also be used together with acrylic  washes. It is hard to remove the fluid once it is dried in a brush. An  effective way to remove the masking fluid is by dipping it into  washing-up liquid first.

To create a more fluid texture, add water to the paint. Allow air  bubbles to rise to the surface after mixing the paint.

 

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