Acrylic paint is the most versatile and practical of paints.
It is water based so there are no fumes. This makes it ideal for painters with home studios.
It’s fast drying properties make it great for increasing productivity in the studio.
When dry, acrylic paint becomes water resistant.
Acrylic paint can mimic other painting types when mixed with mediums. Add acrylic impasto medium and it can look like oil paint. Add water and it can resemble water colour. Add gloss medium and the paint can create beautiful glazes.
Acrylic has a range of techniques on offer making it an excellent tool for creative expression from combining with drawing and collage to classical approaches.
Acrylics can be used on paper, canvas or wood supports.
Acrylic paint composition consists of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion.
In recent years they have been able to compete with oils for colour brilliance thanks to new technology that prevents colour shifting in the paint from wet to dry most successfully demonstrated in the Winsor and Newton Artist Acrylic Colour Range. Other major brands include Golden, Liquitex and Daler-Rowney.
Acrylic paints were invented in the 1930’s for use in house paint. Artist’s acrylic paints became available in the mid 1950’s.
Airlines will allow you to fly with acrylic paint providing you have no flammable mediums with you.