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Acrylic portrait samples below:  Click on images to enlarge




Acrylic paint is fast-drying paint containing pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water), the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting.

Acrylics were first available commercially in the 1950s. The first commercially available acrylic paints were actually oil compatible.

Acrylics are sometimes used in place of watercolors because acrylics dry closer to the desired color (slightly darker, usually) while watercolors dry lighter (and often unpredictably, especially for beginning artists).

Acrylics are often used as an alternative to oil paints because acrylics dry much faster (usually within an hour or even as little as less than a minute, depending on brand and thickness of application). On the otherhand, oil paints, which consist of pigment suspended in an oil (usually linseed, or other natural oil) base, can take a very long time to dry: a few weeks or as long as several months. By use of certain products, such as those made by many of the large art companies (often termed extenders or retarders) an artist can combine the best qualities of acrylic; low toxicity, longevity and cost, with the drying time associated with oils or enamels, which makes it easier to blend two or more colours into each other. The naturally short drying time of most acrylic does not allow this to occur, but certain solvent-based acrylics as used for airbrush work, may allow the paint to remain fluid enough to permit blending via airbrush. Such mixtures of retarded acrylic or solvent-based acrylic are commonly used by those who paint model figures and by some artists who favor acrylics over oils for normal, canvas or paper painting because of their characteristics.

Acrylic paint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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