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Acrylic Paints were introduced in to the artists toolbox after world war two, with the rise of plastics in general across the urban landscape. Acrylics are plastic based paint that dry faster then oils, and are water soluble. This makes them ideal for many situations where the drying time, odor and toxicity of solvents used in oil painting must be avoided. Children's painting for instance. Not all acrylic paints are 100% toxic free but you may look for the labels that do list themselves as toxic free and safe for children. Due to the increased drying time for acrylic paints, the method of acrylic painting is different then oil painting. Clean ups and thins with water which makes them easier for home painting also.
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Golden Acrylic Artist Paint have set the industry standard in fine artists acrylic paints. They offer some of the best acrylic paints available in a very wide range of colors and types. Including Airbrush Colors, Heavy Body ( the standard), Fluid Acrylics, which are thinner then the heavy body and useful for washes and the Open Acrylics, which are an innovative product which have a longer drying time and a stickier consistency then the heavy body.
Swiss made Lascaux Artist Acrylic Paint is a high-quality acrylic paint applicable in art and decoration. This thick artist’s paint is suitable for all painting techniques, and lends itself to both indoor and outdoor use. Practically every nuance of colour is able to be attained with this balanced assortment of 54 hues.
Liquitex Artist Acrylic paints were created in 1955 with the aim to satisfy the needs of mural painters. Liquetex invented acrylics and were the industry standard for some time.
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Galeria Acrylic Colour is a high quality acrylic which delivers professional results and is ideal for artists who want good quality colour at an affordable price.
Galeria has its own range of mediums, which allow you to explore the full range of tactile as well as visual properties of acrylics. This is a large, versatile and economical range, which is easy to use, expressive and dependable.
Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics by DecoArt. These acrylics are premium, all-surface, indoor/outdoor, satin finish paints with excellent coverage. They are self-sealing, so no primer or varnish is required. Superior adhesion on all surfaces, including glass, which is bakeable for a dishwasher-safe finish. They are made with permanent, lightfast pigments and are water-based and non-toxic. They are quick and easy to clean-up and are made in the USA.
An Excellent Value! A beginning artists quality acrylic paint is now available in a range of twenty-two colors. Fluid consistency provides fast coverage, meaning ...it is thin. It is very inexpensive and therefore a good selection for teachers and student muralists, school projects
White Acrylic Gesso Perfect for students, this white priming ground may be used on a variety of absorbent surfaces where acrylic, oils, tempera or casein will be applied.
Mod Podge ® is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish, trusted by crafters for their most treasured creations. Available in a variety of formulas, the Mod Podge family of decoupage mediums provide endless possibilities.
The famous Krylon Crystal Clear and Kyrlon Matte acrylic sprays. To spray on a protective acrylic coating on craft projects, artwork, and paintings. Easier then brushing and leaves no brush marks. Useful in many other applications. Some artists use it for permanent protective coating on drawings and pastels as well.
Flashe is an extra fine, vinyl-based professional grade of matte permanent colors. It offers optical characteristics similar to gouache, old tempera paints and primitive painting grounds – the result is matte, velvety and opaque. Extremely highly pigmented, Flashe may be diluted with water to create a range of possible techniques – from dense, highly opaque application to transparent watercolor effects.
Acrylic: Secret Techniques to Expand Your Creativity
Acrylic is an extremely flexible painting medium, unlike oil paint which takes years of patience, and watercolor, where you live or die by each brush stroke. Acrylic is versatile for layering color, creating texture, and reproducing interesting effects, and it dries quickly. This flexibility affords for great experimentation, and that's what we're exploring here.
To get the most from this great medium, here are a few foundations to remember:
1. Keep brushes wet and paint moist while painting. Acrylic, as we mentioned above, dries quickly, so save your paint and brushes by keeping them wet when exposed - a squirt bottle is an easy way to do this, spraying the paint periodically. Also, to save paint, squeeze out a little at a time.
2. Thin the acrylics with a medium or with water. You can use water to thin acrylics, but if you use too much, the colors are less saturated. Acrylic mediums are a great way to retain the color fidelity of the paint, as well as the glossy finish.
3. Mix acrylics with a palette knife or painting knife. Because they dry so quickly, it is best to mix acrylics with a painting knife instead of a brush. This is especially important if you're using them in mixed media projects.
4. Use mediums for a number of things: matte medium lessens the look of acrylic's gloss; texture gels change the dimension and feel; primers prepare a surface for acrylic.