Testing Acylic Paints

Harold Dean Sink By Harold Dean Sink, 5th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/34h2..od/
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It is fun to use acrylic paints. A helpful idea is to test how they dry on different materials. This will let you know if you have the right paint for the job.

Test Acrylic Paints Before Using Them

Acrylic paints are one of the most sought after types of paints on the market these days. Finding quality acrylic paints, however, is a question that many beginners are in question of when searching for them. As you would guess, the higher quality paints are more expensive. The reasoning for this is there is less filler, more pigmentation and the better the paint they are more water-resistant.

What is filler? Good question. Filler is a polymer base mixed with pigmentation to form a plastic paint. The less filler in the paint the better quality it is. Another part of the filler is a binding agent. Typically it is acrylic resins or Gum Arabic. The latter of the two is used in most paints as a binding agent.

Vibrancy of paint is something to think about when choosing any acrylic paint. The richer the color, the more vibrant it appears. This is due to the fact that there is more pigmentation in these particular colors. Pigmentation is what decides what each color will look like. Whether this is done from natural elements or in the laboratory, the colors are of excellent quality when less filler is used.

Since the polymer base, binding agent and pigmentation are what basically make up quality acrylic paints; they also become a strong barrier when they are dried. This barrier of acrylic paint makes it water-resistant in the long run. Therefore, acrylic paint will stain clothing, carpet, wood, etc.

Much care should be taken when using acrylic paints, as they cannot be washed out after they have set for any great length of time. A few of the leading brands of acrylic paints are Grumbacher, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Soho and Golden. There may be much praise of the Golden brand, but Grumbacher and Liquitex have many followers.

When choosing a quality acrylic paint for yourself, be leery of the words "hue" and "imitation." In other words, Cadmium Red would be better than Cadmium Red Hue. Spending more on quality acrylic paints will pay off in the long run. You may learn to spread them thin, and learn to layer as you paint.

Take care when using acrylic paints. Prepare your area with a drop cloth of some sort to protect any wood flooring or carpeting. Wear a painter's apron or clothes you do not mind getting painted. Your choice of quality acrylic paints will not go unnoticed when you are done painting.

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author avatar Harold Dean Sink
I do not feel that I am a professional writer, per say, but I do my best to get my point across to others. I am more of an artist, and hope in the end that will be all that I do. For now, this is me

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Excellent tips for people who wish to learn painting skills. I do paint myself, I like acrylic paints the best.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
6th Dec 2011 (#)

I use acryllic as well but have been doing watercolors and pencil lately. Great read Harold and thank you for the share.

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