How to Paint with Acrylics
Acrylics are a popular paint choice and give oil and watercolour a run for their money. Acrylic paints are bold and vibrant like oil but easy to clean like watercolour. The key to success when painting with acrylic, is knowing how the paint mixes with other materials.
Acrylic paint is just as durable as oil paint. Although similar, bar use of their chemical structure, you can’t mix oil and water-based acrylics. While you can paint oil over acrylic, we wouldn’t recommend it as the layers could become unstable and separate.
You can still use your oil painting techniques with acrylic paint, but you may need to modify them to allow for the quick drying time of acrylic. Blending with acrylic can be particularly tricky, but it’s not impossible with practice.
The most significant difference between acrylic and watercolour is that acrylics can’t be re-hydrated once dry. Apart from this, acrylic behaves similarly to watercolour. Both dry quickly, and you can use most watercolour techniques with acrylic.
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