Acrylic painting medium is a fairly new addition to the various paintings available to today's artists. Acrylic paint is very beneficial for the artists because of their beautiful versatility. The acrylic paint is probably not yellow or cured by age. With acrylic paint, the artist does not have to worry about the order in which the paint is applied, or other special techniques that keep the paint film unbreakable. Thus one can say that acrylic paint is much easier than oil paint.
Another feature that new artists invite to this medium is their fast drying time. As soon as the acrylic paint dries so quickly, the colors can be applied and overlapped faster than with oil paint.
However, there are some disadvantages for the fast drying time of acrylic paint:
1) The ink will not be handy for a long time, so you need to work quickly.
2) Acrylic quick drying time can also ruin brushes if the brushes are not cleaned immediately.
3) Acrylic paint is not the best medium for direct finishing, especially on a bright sunny day. Any color you put on your pallet will dry quickly and form a skin on the surface of the paint, making it very difficult to work with.
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The acrylic paint looks beautiful as a transparent medium, similar to the watercolor. Acrylic has a boundary on watercolors. You can put together a series of thin wipes without fear of disturbing the underlying colors. As soon as each layer dries, it becomes insoluble in water. The only disadvantage of using acrylic products as a watercolor medium is the difficulty in changing the color. As soon as the acrylic paint begins to dry, it becomes quite difficult to work with. One of the biggest problems is the ability to dry the laundry with unwanted hard edges. You can dampen the paper before applying the ink, or use an additional water-proof brush. Use a brush to apply paint and smooth the edge with the other brush filled with water.
Combined opaque colors
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For watercolor effects, the acrylic paint is applied in transparent washings. In the opaque technique, the paint layers are not transparent. The combination of opaque acrylic paint can be a bit difficult as you are pressed in time. To mix two colors, first paint a block of each color next to each other on its holder. Where the two colors on this line work together with a clean, moist brush to soften the edges. To continue mixing the colors, move the mixer side-by-side or up and down until the desired mix is reached.
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Sgraffito is a scratch technique. As the name implies, it is the surface of the wet paint that shows the floor or the underlying layer of dry paint. The hard metal can damage the panel so you need to use a smoother tool.
With a squeegee
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A regular squeegee that can be stored in any hardware or car can produce interesting effects when used with acrylic paint. Then, with a fluid movement, pull the paint through the holder with your squeegee, rub and mix the paint and create some unique and interesting designs. You may need to change your squeegee because the rubber blades that carry the most winds are not stiff enough to pull the paint. This gives you a flat, stable edge to process the color.
Enjoyed this article on acrylics. Take the time to try these techniques and have fun. Happy Painting!