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Artistic Paints for Arts and Crafts and Their Application

The choice of paints is an important step because it is the quality of the art toolset and artist's paint that affects the final result of the whole artwork.

Each paint type is designed for its own purpose:

  • Acrylic - for illustrations, DIY works on different surfaces
  • Watercolor - for still life projects, illustrations, and landscapes
  • Oil - for creating volumetric strokes, and paintings

Acrylic paints dry quickly, do not crack, do not fade. They can be used to create paintings on canvas, paper, fabric, ceramics, clay, metal, glass, wood, wall, and plastic. Such art paints offer a wide color palette, they are applied evenly to the surface, as if covering it with a thin film. They are easy to use. Water is used as a solvent for acrylic paints, so even an allergic person can use them for workshops. After working with them, the brushes can be cleaned in running water.

Watercolors are easy to apply to paper without lumps, streaks, or smudges. This type of paint does not require the use of additional accessories. Working with watercolors, you can make any number of edits to the picture. Due to its transparency property, watercolor allows achieving quite varied and complex color transitions. After painting, the brushes are washed with water. Suitable surfaces for working with watercolors are paper, Whatman paper, painting paper.

Acrylic and Watercolor Painting Paint: What's the Difference?

Although both watercolor and acrylic are water-soluble, they have different compositions. The watercolor binder is mainly composed of organic glue, which must be diluted with water for work, and acrylic paint for art contains a dispersion of synthetic resin, which is initially suspended in water.

If the watercolor dries by hardening the pigment with glue particles, then the acrylic dries by polymerization, the hardening of the acrylic particles over the pigment in contact with each other, resulting in a dense transparent homogeneous film. That is why acrylic liveliness is many times stronger than watercolor.