Acrylic Painting – Tips and Techniques

There are several different mediums for painters to work in and choosing one is usually based on the effect the artist wants to achieve. Acrylic painting however, is sometimes feared by beginner artists because it is very fast drying and one needs to work quickly. It does have many positive aspects, one of which is to train the painter to produce work speedily. Also, different results can be achieved according to the application technique.This Village Used to Make 60% of the World's Paintings—Now Its Future Is in  Jeopardy - Artsy

This sort of paint can be used straight from the tube or it can be thinned with water and used like watercolor. It can be thinned with other medium too, to look like an oil painting. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between an oil and acrylic painting KAWS FAR FAR DOWN Painting for sale. It can also look like the picture has been painted with acrylics and show the distinctive properties of that paint. All these decisions are up to the artist, choices only possible since the 1950s when acrylics were invented. They soon became popular, particularly with Mexican artists who used them for murals.

The paint is designed to suit any surface and is water resistant when dry, at which time; it is extremely difficult and usually impossible to remove. The finish can be high gloss or matte and has never been known to crack or yellow. This endears acrylic painting to gallery owners because it’s hoped that these types of pictures will escape the aging difficulties that beset oil paintings. Of course, only time will tell.

If using directly from the tube, the advice is to squeeze a little at a time because it dries so fast. If the artist wants a glaze, this is best done by applying thin layers. Paint brushes should be blotted and speed is of the essence if mixing colors. Masking tape can be used with acrylic painting for hard edges. Sometimes, collage artists use acrylics as glue. Some surrealist artists specialized in a technique called grattage, which involve using acrylics and then scraping the paint off the canvas.

There are several manufacturers of the paint and the tubes are sold in student range and professional range. Winsor & Newton and Daler-Rowney are the most popular brands in the UK and America’s favorite is Golden Artist Colors. There are instruction books and videos on the techniques of acrylic painting but the best way to proceed is to practice and learn from ones mistakes! When mastered, this form of painting is very satisfying.

Yes, we all want to get the best deal out there and receive as much as we can while spending as little as we can. This is human nature. But remember, it is a delicate balancing act.

When I first started out in business as a house painting contractor here in the Chicago area back in 1984, one of my best customers told me that there are three things that I could offer my customers. He taught me that there were three core aspects of any bid. The three aspects were, good quality, good service and a good price. But, then he told me I could only give my customers two of those three things. He actually told me to ask my customers to choose which two they preferred.

The laws of economics prohibit anyone from paying a little and getting a lot. None of us can expect to finagle our way into having all three things (good quality, good service, good price). It cannot be done. No painting contractor in the world wants to, nor should they be willing to work for free….or even for peanuts.

In addition, if that painting contractor pays his painters very little, the same law applies to him. His painters that are earning only $14 per hour, know only what a $14 per hour painter should know and produce only what a $14 dollar per hour can produce.This is because the better, knowledgeable, highly productive, professional painters rightfully insist on getting paid more. Many painters in the United States earn over $20, $30 even $50 per hour. That is a fact. So think twice before you hire that guy who promised you what a great job he would do at half of the price of all of the other painting contractors.

This economic scenario does not just apply to painters either, but to any profession anywhere. It applies to you too. You place a value on the services that you provide and you would not give them away at a loss. Why would you? Well, every other professional out there feels the same way that you do.

There are plenty of highly qualified, quality and service conscious contractors in the Chicago area who offer work at a “reasonable” price, if not the lowest. Many of them have learned by coming up through the ranks and learning the business by trial and error. They decided to learn how to do business correctly and become legitimate. Many of them have engineering level training in paint and coatings applications and are members of such credible organizations as the SSPC Society of Protective Coatings, PDCA Painting & Decorating Contractors of America and NACE National Association of Corrosion Engineers, just to name a few. Many have undergone training through the NCCER National Center for Construction Education & Research, specifically for painters. They cannot be the low priced contractors. They cannot because they know too much about what goes into a quality job. They also know what can go wrong on a job. These are things that many of the low priced, inexperienced, idealistic newer contractors just do not know. Hence, the experienced, credible contractor will almost always cost more money than the newer, or inexperienced contractor. Sometimes the low priced guy does not know what he is getting himself or his customer into.

There are several different mediums for painters to work in and choosing one is usually based on the effect the artist wants to achieve. Acrylic painting however, is sometimes feared by beginner artists because it is very fast drying and one needs to work quickly. It does have many positive aspects, one of which is…

There are several different mediums for painters to work in and choosing one is usually based on the effect the artist wants to achieve. Acrylic painting however, is sometimes feared by beginner artists because it is very fast drying and one needs to work quickly. It does have many positive aspects, one of which is…

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