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Acrylic painting is one of the most popular painting techniques of modern times. Acrylic paints were developed in the 1950s and have steadily gained popularity. Today, their properties make them a much-used and popular paint. Acrylic paints are suitable for beginners, students, hobby artists and professionals. The short drying time of acrylic paints makes it possible to work quickly, especially compared to oil paints. As soon as acrylic paints are dry, they lose their water solubility and do not mix with freshly applied paint, nor do they come off when getting wet.

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Acrylic Paint

Acrylic painting is one of the most popular painting techniques of modern times. Acrylic paints were developed in the 1950s and have steadily gained popularity. Today, their properties make them a much-used and popular paint. Acrylic paints are suitable for beginners, students, hobby artists and professionals. The short drying time of acrylic paints makes it possible to work quickly, especially compared to oil paints. As soon as acrylic paints are dry, they lose their water solubility and do not mix with freshly applied paint, nor do they come off when getting wet.

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Daler Rowney Acrylic Paint - System 3 Acrylic - Jumbo Process Set - 5 x 150 ml Daler Rowney Acrylic Paint - System 3 Acrylic -...
Jumbo Process Set with 5 different acrylic paints in 150ml tubs. This set contains the primary colours as well as black and white. 
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Set with 5 acrylic neon paints and 1 glow-in-the-dark paint. This set is ideally suited to paint vibrant images.
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Interesting facts about acrylic paints

Acrylic painting is one of the most popular painting techniques of modern times. Acrylic paints were developed in the 1950s and have steadily gained popularity. Today, their properties make them a much-used and popular paint. Acrylic paints are suitable for beginners, students, hobby artists and professionals. The short drying time of acrylic paints makes it possible to work quickly, especially compared to oil paints. As soon as acrylic paints are dry, they lose their water solubility and do not mix with freshly applied paint, nor do they come off when getting wet.

Acrylic paints are unbeatable in their variability. They are easy and quick to use, uncomplicated and allow a variety of painting and design techniques. The colours can be mixed with each other, diluted with water and modified with various painting agents. They allow a variety of application techniques and adhere to almost any clean and grease-free surface - from concrete, glass and metal to wood. The possibilities are numerous. Their flexibility and adhesion properties allow acrylic paints to adjust to the surface they are painted on, expanding, contracting, and still remaining intact. When dry acrylic paints are waterproof, age-resistant and elastic. Even thick layers of paint do not form cracks as they dry and acrylic on canvas can be rolled up loosely without damaging the finished painting layer.

Advantages of acrylic paints at a glance:

  • variable use
  • suitable for a wide range of painting and design techniques
  • adhere to almost all clean, grease-free surfaces
  • quick-drying and easy to apply
  • water-based
  • can be diluted with water
  • odour-free
  • waterproof and elastic after drying
  • no cracking even when applied thickly

Composition of acrylic paints

Essentially acrylic paint, like any other paint, consists of solvent, colour pigments and a binder. The solvent of acrylic paint is water, and it can easily be thinned with water. Synthetic resin serves as a binder and is added in small particles. Due to the evaporation of the water in the drying process the acrylic paint hardens, and the synthetic resin particles melt into a water-insoluble, elastic film. When wet the binder is milky white, which initially lightens the colour visually. After drying the acrylic paint then reaches its full colour intensity and becomes slightly darker.

The pigments of the acrylic paints ensure their colour brilliance and influence their opacity, as well as their behaviour when mixing colours. If many pigments were used in the production the colour intensity is very high. If there are more binders and fewer pigments the colours are duller and have less luminosity. The more pigments there are in the paint the more intense it is and the more expensive it is.

Acrylic paints are odourless, non-flammable and harmless to health because they do not contain any harmful solvents.

Processing acrylic paints

The drying process of acrylic paint is very short and enables fast painting, especially compared to oil paints. If necessary, the drying time can be artificially extended with painting mediums. Brushes, painting knives, sponges and even your own fingers can be used to apply acrylic paint to the canvas. Each tool is suitable for different purposes and techniques.

All acrylic paints are intermixable and can be applied either pastose directly from the tube or glazed (diluted with water). When mixed with water acrylic paints allow the use of watercolour techniques - the colour becomes more transparent the more water is added. It is also possible to combine acrylic paints with various painting mediums. Structural mediums such as effect, modelling or texture pastes can either be applied first and then painted over with acrylic paint or mixed directly with the acrylic paint.

Acrylic paints are variable and allow a variety of techniques. They can be applied to practically any grease-free surface, not only canvases, but also to paper and cardboard, plaster, masonry, concrete, wood, glass and metal. For impasto work solid painting surfaces such as wooden boards should be used. In case of doubt a primer ensures that the acrylic paint adheres perfectly. The flexibility and very good adhesion properties of acrylic paint ensure that it remains intact and even thick layers of paint do not form cracks as they dry. Acrylic on canvas can even be rolled up loosely without damaging the finished painting layer.

When acrylic paints dry, they lose their water-solubility. Once dried they do not mix with freshly applied paint and are not removable with water. The short drying time of the paints makes it possible to work quickly, especially compared to oil paints. The dried acrylic paint is slightly glossy and forms an elastic film on the painting surface.

Cleaning acrylic paints

Acrylic paints are water-soluble and, as long as they are moist, they can even be removed from the painted surface with a wet cloth. All working materials used, such as brushes, palettes, etc., are easy to clean with water and, if necessary, soap, as the acrylic paint only becomes insoluble in water when it dries. As long as the acrylic paint has not dried it can simply be washed out with water and no further cleaning agents or solvents are necessary. Dried acrylic paint can also be removed later with special solvents.

If acrylic paint gets on your clothes you can remove it while it is still wet. If the acrylic paint is already dry it can hardly be removed from textiles. When painting with acrylic paints it therefore makes sense to wear old clothes or a painting apron.

Painting techniques for acrylic paint

Acrylic paints can be mixed with each other and have a high opacity. Their versatility is also evident in their processing. They can either be applied thickly and impasto directly from the tube or diluted with water and glazed in several layers on top of each other. The way the paint is applied often depends on its consistency and texture. The properties of acrylic paint can be altered with various painting mediums and tools, e.g. by extending the drying time, adding texture paste or increasing the degree of gloss. Acrylic paint can be painted with brushes, applied with a painting knife, sponge, spatula, or with a combination of techniques.

Below you find a brief overview of the most common techniques for acrylic painting.

Pastose application of paint / Impasto

With impasto acrylic paint is applied thickly and undiluted, often mixed with gel or structure paste. It is applied with a brush, painting knife, spatula or directly from the tube and can be worked on until it is completely dry. The colours are often applied unmixed and relief-like structures are the desired result. The traces of the painting tools remain visible even after drying due to the thick layer of paint. The impasto technique usually produces pictures with intense colours and visible, plastic structures.

Alla-Prima technique

In this technique the colours are mixed on the palette and applied directly to the painting surface. An Alla-Prima painting is painted in one go, spontaneously and without flowing transitions - without layers, glazes, colour transitions, retouching, overpainting and corrections. This creates a painting that was created in one session and in one layer of paint. The Alla-Prima painting is characterised by speed and spontaneity.

Layer painting / Painting in layers

Because of their short drying time acrylic paints are very suitable for painting in layers. Several thin, opaque layers of paint are worked on top of each other and the painting is built up from several applications of paint. The next layer, however, is not applied until the one underneath has dried completely. The layers can be applied transparently or opaquely. Layer painting has a two-dimensional effect, and the short drying time of acrylic paint makes it possible to work quickly with this painting technique.

Spatula technique

Due to its short drying time and elasticity when dry acrylic paint is ideally suited to be applied with a palette knife or painting knife. The spatula technique involves thick, pasty applications of paint which can be applied to the canvas in any thickness. A primed, firm base is important, such as a wooden panel or firm painting board, so that the ground does not warp as the paint dries. To achieve extra volume acrylic paints are often mixed with structural pastes or gels. Expressive works of art with a relief-like surface structure are created, which have more depth than two-dimensional works.

Pointillism

In pointillism the entire painting consists of small regular dots of colour. The painting is composed in detail beforehand and the colours are placed on the canvas in small dots with a brush. Only pure colours are used in pointillism. The two-dimensional overall impression only emerges from a spatial distance to the painting, where an optical fusion takes place. The individual dots of colour mix to form larger areas of colour and the additive colour mixture is perceived as one mixed colour.

Wet-on-wet

Wet-on-wet is a painting technique in which liquid colours are blended into each other. Due to the fast drying time of acrylic paints this technique requires either painting quickly, thinning the acrylic paint or adding a drying retarder. Often acrylic paint diluted with water is painted on a ground that has been moistened with water. As long as the paint is wet, other colours can be added. In this way, the different colour tones mix on the painting ground and soft, smooth transitions can be created. The wet-on-wet technique is not about exact detail but about colour transitions in rather abstract forms. The colours flow into each other and combine to form mixed tones and patterns.

Glazing technique

Glazing is the application of dissolved colours in layers. In glaze painting thin and transparent layers of paint are painted on top of one another. In order to glaze acrylic paint it is thinned with water or special painting mediums and then layered on top of one another in several transparent layers of paint so that the underlying layers shimmer through and create an overall picture. In this technique the colour is applied from light to dark. If the paint is applied thinly, watercolour-like, delicate glaze effects can be achieved. Compared to watercolour painting acrylic paint has the advantage that it dries to a waterproof film, which means that new layers of paint can be applied without peeling off the underlying layer.

Acrylic Wash

Washing is a wet technique. Unlike glazing, here no full layers of paint are laid on top of each other, but rather seamless colour gradients are achieved. The acrylic paint is applied to the painting surface in a highly diluted consistency and blended with water. With the help of this technique particularly soft transitions are achieved. In most cases white paint is not used at all in wash painting because the white surface takes over this function and white areas of the picture are simply left out. This technique is particularly suitable for creating backgrounds such as the sky.

Sponge technique

In this technique acrylic paint is dabbed, wiped or rubbed onto a white or pre-coloured background with a sponge, foam brush or similar tool. Large areas and backgrounds can be covered quickly and evenly in this way. The technique achieves loose textured colour effects and lively patterns. Organic structures are created that are perfect for creating the background of a painting or a collage, as well as for designing decorative objects.

Sgraffito

Sgraffito is a scratching technique in which two or more layers of paint are applied on top of one another and parts of the upper layer of paint are scratched away as long as it is not completely dry. In this way the underlying layers of paint are partially exposed and become visible again. Spatulas, brush handles or painting knives are often used as scratching tools, but screwdrivers and similar tools are also used. Interesting effects are achieved when the colours contrast with each other, especially when light colours are applied over a dark background or vice versa. Hard material such as wood or strong cardboard is best suited as a ground. Works created with this technique can have a painterly or graphically effect. Sgraffito is particularly suitable for abstract motifs and to create pictorial depth.

Collage

Acrylic paints are very suitable for collage techniques because of their good adhesive properties. The collage technique creates pictures in which different materials are put together to form an overall picture. Photos, paper, decorative pieces and other objects can be incorporated directly into the acrylic paint. To ensure that even heavy and larger collage materials stick it is advisable to use structural pastes and gels. Non-elastic surfaces, such as wood, are well suited for collages as they do not bend and form a flat surface. After completing the collage, a transparent varnish should be sprayed over the entire picture surface to fix all the incorporated materials and the structure and to protect them from dust and dirt in the future.

Airbrush

Acrylic paints diluted with water are also suitable for airbrushing. Most ready-to-use airbrush paints are particularly finely pigmented, liquid acrylic-based paints. Accordingly, more solid acrylic paints can also be diluted with water or painting mediums and applied with a spray gun. With airbrushing a finely dosed mist of paint is sprayed onto the painting surface with the help of air pressure. Airbrush can be applied freehand, with stencils or by combining both techniques. As a rule, the colours are applied from dark to light so that light coloured areas do not get accidentally dirty with dark paint mist.

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