Painting with acrylics, oils and watercolors

Painting with acrylics, oils and watercolors

Painting with acrylics, oils and watercolors

Painting with acrylics, oils and watercolors

Do you want to draw as a hobby? Do you know what subject you would like to draw? The item you will be painting dictates the type of paint you will use. Will you choose oil or acrylic?


I paint portraits with acrylic paints, because oils would put a strain on my budget, and there is no interest in watercolors at the moment. I spray my finished portraits with matte varnish for a smooth, shine-free effect. The satin polish leaves a muted shine, while the gloss shines brightly.

I want to paint three pots in a different color. Planters are plastic and need cleaning to improve the quality of the glue. I bought a special acrylic paint designed for this project.


Acrylic can be applied to paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, wood and wood products, fabrics and metal. However; some surfaces may require cleaning or other special preparations, such as priming, before coating with these paints.

Spray or brush a polymer varnish over the finished paint to seal and protect the surface from dust, dirt and other unwanted damage, fading and chipping. Varnishes are produced as satin, matte and gloss.

Crafters who use acrylics in their decoupage and scrap booking projects can use a solution of white craft glue and water to glue, seal, or varnish their porous projects.

Water-based acrylic paints allow control over the consistency of the pigment. Apply as many layers as needed to achieve color intensity and texture.

Oil paints:

Both oils and acrylics use the same techniques. One of the main differences is that acrylics dry quickly, while oils dry slowly. Acrylics are water-based, easy to clean with soap and water, and non-allergenic. Oil paints are oil-based, they are cleaned with mineral spirits, turpentine or acetone. Many of today’s oil paints are odorless and non-allergenic, but cleaning agents can cause problems for people with skin and respiratory sensitivities.

Both paints are suitable for many different surfaces. Oil can be used on art canvases, paper, wood and metals. However, primers must be applied before paint is applied.

Oil paintings have been around for hundreds of years and have proven to have a long life. Acrylics came into popular use in the 1960s and their durability has not yet been determined.


Watercolors have a different look than oil or acrylic paints. Painting techniques are different from oils or acrylics. Artists like to apply their portrait, landscape and still life painting skills with this medium.

These paints are limited to watercolor paper. Paper is heavier and stronger because it is made up of cotton, linen, and plant fibers. It does not bite or tear and absorbs water.

Acrylics reduced to a watercolor consistency can be applied to watercolor paper. Colored and graphite pencils, ink and watercolor pencils can also be used. Both sides of the paper can be used unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise.

These paints are non-toxic and do not contain corrosive solvents. their pigments contain heavy metals that will contaminate soil and waterways. Check your state requirements for proper disposal of unused paint and paint water.


The subject, the purpose and the results of the finishing work determine the use of oil, acrylic or watercolor paints. Use each paint type as is or mix and match for creative results.

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