Acrylic Painting - Its Comparisons With Oil Painting

By: Murtaza Habib

Acrylic Painting - Its Comparisons With Oil Painting

Acrylic painting became popular among artists across the world after they found it to be helpful in their painting tasks, as this kind of painting dries up fast. The fact that an acrylic painting will have the same effect as a watercolor painting or an oil painting, adds to its popularity among artists.

There are a number of points, which makes acrylic painting quite different from oil painting. I hope you would get a clearer idea about the differences between these two types of painting by reading further.

* The most striking difference between acrylic painting and water painting is the time taken by the paints to dry. Generally, it has been seen that the acrylic paints dry faster than oil paints. Even though this can be termed as an advantage, helping the
artist to come up with the paintings in a fast pace, there are some disadvantages that are brought out as well. There may be a certain painting in which the colors need to be blended well, and in such a case using an acrylic paint becomes an obvious choice. If you go by my opinion, I would always suggest that you choose your type of painting, according to the style that best suits you.

* While trying your hand at acrylic painting, you will find that unlike the paints that are used in oil painting, you do not require specific and powerful solvents like turpentine, to help in making the paints thin. All you need to use is normal water, and in case you want your paintings not to dry up too fast you can always use readers.

* In oil painting, it has often been seen that the canvas used for making the painting should clearly be primed, prior to the application of any oil paints on the canvas. You can quite easily use canvas for making an acrylic painting, without having to treat it with anything.

* A different issue that I have seen to be a regular case in most oil paintings is that after some time, the colors tend to become yellow, making it indispensable to apply some varnish onto its surface to prevent this. Acrylic paints have no such problem, and this is why acrylic painting is preferred by many people over oil painting.

* An acrylic painting can further be treated with different mediums, if desired by an artist. In case of an oil painting this is not possible. Being easily mixable with other painting mediums, artists are left with a lot of room for making their own personalization to the acrylic painting, which they desire to make.

All these reasons clearly state that acrylic painting has an advantage over oil painting, though you can use any of these painting styles, depending which one suits you best. I found both to be useful and have made many paintings, using both oil painting and acrylic painting. You can always stick to one painting style and get all the desired result that you want from your paintings.

Are you able to bring your creativity on to your canvas? Will you take action step by step?

About the Author:
Murtaza Habib wrote for PaintOnMyCanvas.com, a website now only available in Japanese.


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