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Paintings: Different Materials for Different Types

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There are a lot of ways to produce a painting. Three different types of paints are available to use: watercolor, acrylic, and oil. These types of paints require different techniques and strategies that you need to know in order for you to become the next Vincent Van Gogh.

Watercolor is a kind of paint that is put together with water which gives its transparent finish. Artists can create and adjust their own color by diluting the paint with water. The solid type of watercolor usually comes in a plate made out of plastic. When using watercolor, artists can use a simple brush or even their fingers. A water brush is a special type of brush designed for watercolor. It is like a pen with a brush where you put water inside for the continuous water flow.

Acrylic paint is a water-soluble medium made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. One of the good things about acrylics is that it is flexible and more friendly-user than oils. Once put on canvas an acrylic paint becomes water resistant. This guarantees that the canvas will not be damaged even with rolling and storing the canvas for a long period of time. Just make sure the canvas is free of any oil to prevent cracking. Another tip: acrylic paints dry very quickly so you must pretend to be The Flash for a while.

Oil paints are the trickiest paint to use among the three. It takes much longer time to dry compared to the other paints. When using oil paints, it needs to be thinned with solvents first before using. Before trying it on your canvas, it is necessary to apply a primer to prevent the oil from slipping. Just avoid spilling oil paints everywhere because you cannot use water to clean it up.

Happy painting!

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