Acrylic painting is one of the most popular art forms utilized today. These fast-drying paints are popular with artists and art buyers alike. They can look like watercolor or oil paints. Acrylics also have their own unique characteristics, and apply well too mixed media art forms.
Acrylic paints can be thinned with water to make washes in a style like watercolor paints, but cannot be reconstituted due to acrylics becoming waterproof once dry. Acrylics are applied to on a wide range of materials, including paper, canvas, and wood to name a few, and applied in a wide range techniques from washes to thick, scuptural builds. Acrylic paints also lend themselves well to grattage techniques.
Acrylic paints were first introduced to the artist market by Liquitex in the early 1960s, making this a relative new painting option.