Acrylic paint (or polymer paint) is a paint that dries quickly in comparison with other types of paint. This means, among other things, that painting a newly made painting is simply possible. The short drying time is therefore one of the reasons why this type of paint is so popular with painters.
Acrylic paint you can basically use on any surface. Think of paper, cloth, woodwork, earthenware and various types of other material. You can also apply / mimic various painting techniques with acrylic paint, making it suitable for both beginners and professional painters. In short, a paint with which you can do everything.
The history of this type of paint all starts with Otto Röhm, who introduced a commercial acrylic dispersion paint on the market around 1930. This paint was used for materials such as stone, metal and wood. In 1947 the American company 'Bocour Artist Colors' came with a mixture of: toluene, xylene and turpentine. This mixture was also called a methacrylate dispersion. After a few years of experimenting, the mixture was released in 1949 under the name Magna as artist paint. This paint had the following properties: miscible, short drying time and soluble in turpentine after drying. Despite the fact that this paint had a number of useful features, it was never really popular with artists.
In 1954, the American company 'Permanent Pigments' only invented the first acrylic paint for artists. This was a water dispersion paint, which had a proportional distribution of binder particles in water. The paint was given the name 'Liquitex' and was sold in bottles (diluted form) during the first years. From 1962 on tubing (thicker form) was also put on the market. Soon after, other brands chose to sell this paint, making acrylic painting even more popular. Eventually, the major manufacturers also included this type of paint in their assortment and professional painters were increasingly using it.
- Acrylic paint consists partly of water . When the paint is applied, the water will evaporate, causing it to dry. Only a plastic layer will then remain. In this case it is important to know that this layer no longer dissolves in water. When you have finished painting it is therefore wise not to let your brushes dry. The plastic is in fact difficult to get out of the brushes and will also make it hard and unusable. Clean your brushes immediately after painting or put them in water.
- When the paint has dried, it will be opaque. This means that applying light to dark colors is possible.
- Painting a painting? That is possible, because by using acrylic paint it is possible to lay multiple layers over each other.
- When the paint dries, the colors will often become slightly darker.
- Acrylic paint is insensitive to drought, light, moisture and temperature. Acrylic paintings are therefore often of good quality and also have a longer lifetime
- A nice side effect of this paint is the price, because in relation to other paint types it is very affordable.
Acrylic paint has many advantages, but also differences when compared to oil paint. So the drying time is perhaps the biggest difference. As mentioned earlier, acrylic dries very quickly. This makes it possible to work much faster. When the paint has dried, it has a slight sheen, which makes the painting looks very tight (colors are a bit louder). Do you want to imitate the look of oil paint? With the right techniques and additions this is possible. For example, you can apply acrylic paint thickly, so that the result seems to be the same as if you were working with oil paint. However, the high gloss will be missing and therefore you can choose to add it afterwards. For this you can use a shine or shiny varnish.
Experiences of people who participated in a course are a good guide to get you over the line to turn your unexpected, creative energy into colorful, physical paintings that are not out of place in your own home environment.
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