Sunday, February 3, 2013

ACRYLIC PAINT PROPERTIES -tips


 
  1. ACRYLIC PAINT DRIES VERY FAST!!
Acrylic paint will sometimes dry faster than you can paint!
  • don't paint in a draft
  • don't paint in the sun
  • don't paint near heat or air conditioning vent
 You can remedy fast drying by using an 'acrylic retarder medium' product that slows the drying time. Don't overdo it though, or you will end up with a painting that stays tacky too long!

Have a fine-mist spray bottle handy to spray a light mist of water over your palette and on the area you are working to keep the paint moist.  Keep it very light so the paint does not run.
        2.  ACRYLIC PAINT CHANGES COLOR WHEN DRY
You will find out early on that acrylic paint appears darker when it is dry.  To understand why, take a look at some acrylic "medium"  note how it is milky white when wet, but dries clear? Acrylic paint has this medium like product in it to make it flow and to float the pigment in. As a pigmented acrylic color dries this "medium" also dries and becomes clear allowing more of the pigment to show through thus making the color appear darker.

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