Acrylic paints have become so very popular since its introduction into the public market in the 1950’s. For hundreds of years, the artist had to contend with the peculiarities of their chosen medium. The watercolorist had to contend with paintings very easily damaged by moisture, and the oil painter had to wait an interminable amount of time for his painting to dry. Acrylic paint …………..
Acrylic, when thinned with water, becomes a watercolor paint that is permanent when dry. It offers a durability that traditional watercolor pigment could not provide.
For the traditional oil painter, this technology affords an odorless medium that dries quickly and can be easily applied in an impasto manner. Cleanup is an effortless soap and water rinse, with no need for mineral spirits or alcohol. For those pensive artists who chew on their brush ends, the flavor of the oil paint and thinner will be missed.
Color Choices And Packaging
Modern technology has made the phrase “every color in the rainbow” old-fashioned. Chemists are making colors available that would stagger the old masters. From impossible pinks and greens to metallic and iridescent, the color choices are incredible. It would take a very generous budget to purchase all the hues available.
There are several sizes and viscosities available. Paints can be purchased in tubes similar in size to oil or watercolor tubes. It is also offered in several sizes of jars and bottles.
Quality And Grade
Different grades of acrylic paint are available at a number of price points. Just as in other art mediums, there is a marked difference in quality between the high and low end.
Paint is all about the color and the intensity. Both the professional grade and the craft quality paints are made with basically the same chemicals. Part of the difference between the high quality and student or craft grades is the concentration level of the pigments used in formulation. Higher quality mediums are also used in the professional or artist grade paints.
Craft paint can be used for metal, fabrics, ceramics and wood. It has a wide range of pre-mixed colors and is often used for decorating household items.
Specialty paints such as iridescent, pearlescent and metallic acrylics combine aluminum silicate in standard pigments to achieve lustrous effects. These colors are used in both decorative crafts and in fine art.
Scholastic acrylics are comprised of less costly pigments and dyes and have special formulations safe for children. This economical series has limited color range and may not be very lightfast.
Student grade acrylics behave in the same manner as professional grade, but the pigment concentration is less, giving lower color strength. There is typically a smaller variety...