|Mixing Acrylics on canvas with Golden Stag|
- Modern acrylics are a water soluble polymer dispersions made from an acrylic resin, suspended in water and pigment. They clean up easily with water, but once they dry, they should be considered permanent.
- Acrylics come in many forms, soft or heavy body, matte or gloss. Additives can be used to change the working properties, such as transparency or viscosity.
- Higher quality acrylics may contain more pigment than lower quality paints. Lower quality paints have more water and fillers in place of pigment resulting in less potent hues, or lower chroma. The price of the paint will often lend itself to the type of pigment in the paint. Pigments are a whole other blog post. ;)
- Acrylics can adhere to almost any surface, including wood, metal, plastic, fabric, stone or glass. However, sometimes additives are needed to adhere to less porous or smoother surfaces. Each manufacturer of acrylics often have their own lines of additives for such purposes.
- It is advisable to prime a surface with a water based latex or acrylic primer before painting. If working on an artist surface, like canvas or panel, traditional or acrylic gesso is suitable. If working on an unusual surface like brick, consider a water based latex primer to help the paint adhere.
- Acrylics can be thinned with water to a degree. To get a watercolor effect, thin with water or an acrylic extender. Consider, however, that once thinned, acrylics lose some of their ability to bind to the substrate. Thin with water in moderation to prevent peeling or cracking off the surface.
- Acrylics can be very convenient in that they dry fast and thicker applications are more possible than in other types of paints.
- Most acrylics remain quite flexible once dry, allowing them sustainably on canvas or fabrics.
Let me know if you have more questions about acrylics, I'm here to help!
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