5 Top Pros and Cons of buying and Using Acrylic Paint---for the Absolute Beginning Artist

5 Top  Pros and Cons of buying and using Acrylic Paint...for the absolute beginning artist..



1. USING ACRYLIC PAINT:

 Pros: Acrylic paint is durable, dries like plastic, won't mold, don't turn yellow, easy clean up with soap and water, no strong fumes, lots of colors to choose from.

 Cons: Acrylic Paint dries to fast, Colors are not as vibrant as oils..Once on your Clothes it is permanent when dry...

2. KNOW YOUR BRANDS:

When buying acrylic paints, knowing what to buy is a challenge, so here are my 5 top Brands:

a. Daler and Rowney, Thick paint comes in Tubes.
b. Winsor and Newton, Wide Variety of colors, comes in Tubes.
c. Liquitex, Thick paint, vibrant colors, comes in Tubes. 
d. Crafters, Good for Crafts, thin consistency, comes in bottles.



   3. ACRYLIC PAINTS COME IN BOTTLES, TUBES, AND JARS.

Pros:  TUBES: the paint is thicker

Cons:  The Cap gets stuck when the paint dries on the top, and it' messy, the thicker the paint the more you need to use..

 Pros   BOTTLE paint is thin and easy to work with.

Cons:   The colors are dull and not as vibrant as Tubes.

Pros:    JARS have thick and vibrant colors of pant, plus you can put left over paint back in the jar..

Cons:   Jars of paint are expensive..You can get the paints mixed with other colors when you put left over paint back in the jar...


4. ACRYLIC PAINTS COME IN STUDENT GRADE, BASIC, PROFESSIONAL AND ARTIST GRADE, AND HEAVY BODY..

Pros: Student Grade and Basic,  more affordable, good for backrounds and underpainting..

Cons: Dries dark, more transparent.

Pros: Professional and Artist Grade: vibrant colors, more pigment, wide choice of colors.

Cons: More expensive

Pros: Heavy Body paint is very thick, great for painting textures, great coverage, buttery consistency similar to oil paints, Vibrant colors.

Cons: You have to use a lot more paint then if you are using a thinner paint, harder to spread...More expensive..

5 .LIMIT YOUR PALETTE:

Pros: When you limit your palette to 5 or 6 colors, you won't have to make to many choices, you will get to know your paints better, and how they work together..

Cons: You will have to mix your paints more often to get the colors you want instead of out of the tube..
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 HERE ARE ACRYLIC COLORS THAT ARE VERY POPULAR AMONG PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS:

PRIMARY Colors: 2 of each Red, Yellow and Blue...

Cadmium Red, Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, 

SECONDARY Colors:

Sap Green, Hookers Green

Purple, Dixonide purple

Cadmium Orange, 

Use Black and White to Lighten or Darken your colors..

Other options used by Professional Artists.

Naples Yellow, Indian Yellow, 

Cobalt blue,

Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna.

Tantainium white

Ivory Black, Mars Black
 
Cobalt Violet.....

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 NOW TO TALK ABOUT ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS MEANINGS:

HUE: Color
VALUE: Dark, Medium, and Lightness of the color
TINT:  Lighten color with White
SHADE: Darken color with Black

SATURATION: brightness and sharpness of color
to decrease the saturation of a color such as red, add a little green, or gray.

COMPLIMENTARY colors: Red and Green, Yellow and Purple, Blue and Orange.

You can make other colors from your PRIMARY colors: Add white to lighten when needed.

Red plus Yellow equals Orange
Red Plus Blue equals Purple
Blue plus Yellow equals Green

Other colors you can mix:

Ultramarine blue and Burnt umber equals Black.
Black and yellow equals Green
Red and Green equal Brown

3 primary colors mixed together will make a nice gray, add white to lighten the gray..

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 TYPES OF ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS:

WARM Colors are: Red's, Yellows, Oranges, Browns..

COOL Colors are: Blue, Violet, Greens

OPAQUE colors, that is colors you can't see through, great coverage.

Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cad Yellow, Yellow ochre, Naples Yellow, Cobalt blue

TRANSPARENT colors: Colors you can see through, great for glazing..

Ultramarine blue, Indian yellow, crimson, Ivory black.

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In my next podcast, or blog post, or youtube video:

I will be talking about different ways to make Blacks, blues, grays, browns, flesh tones, how to dull colors, a simple trick to  make your colors more vibrant, plus what colors to use for all four seasons, Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn, also Morning, and evening colors...and how not to make mud..also I will be talking about using colors for distance, mood, .aerial perspective, and atmospheric perspective...

Color mixing can be fun, and exciting, the more you practice the better you will get to know your colors..

ALSO SEE: Color Mixing Basics:

Allison Prior is an art instructor, youtube creator of acrylic painting lessons, portrait artist, singer/songwriter.

For Acrylic painting paints, brushes, canvas, and lots more go to Allison Prior's Amazon Shop here:



Comments

Unknown said…
Very informative. Thank you for your time in posting these articles. I am new to painting with acrylics.

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