What are Acrylics?
They are paints that the pigments are suspended in a milky-white liquid plastic binder (acrylic resin) . High quality paints have a higher concentration of pigment dispersed in binder
Brief History of Acrylics?
Developed in the United States in the 1920's. Intended for industrial use until the late 1950's and early 1960's. The first artist to employ acrylic paint were the "Pop Artist"
Advantages of using Acrylics
- No odor or strong smell
- Thins with water.
- Brushes are cleaned with soap and water.
- Dries quickly
- Mistakes canbe easily corrected
- Exhibits water color effect when painted in washes
- Colors do not change or yellow
- Can also be thinned with Acrylic gel medium. Can obtain a gloss or matt transparent finish
- Acrylic modelling paste can be used to produce a heavy texture
- Acrylic Retarder Gel, medium can be added for increasing the drying time
Acrylics have a transparent property when thinned with water, and are opaque when mixed with white paint.