Hands down my all time Mixed Media Essential is Acrylic Paint.
I had a very intense acrylic paint phase a couple of years ago and then I guess I needed a break and neglected those beauties for spray paints for a while. But I am so glad I came back to them!
What I love about Acrylic Paints is:
- they are fast drying
- generally cheap – or at least long-lasting even if it is a bit more pricey
- they have a plastic like surface (due to the plastic polymer emulsion)
- they can be thinned with water and that could make them almost look like water-color in some cases
- they are permanent once dried
- they cover surfaces if opaque
- you can use other paint media on top of acrylic paints
- you can use some fun media with them for amazing backgrounds and textures
- you can create amazing backgrounds and texture with solely acrylic paints
Here are some examples:
beautiful easy background – that can be also used for a scrapbooking layout:
background and texture with acrylic paints:
background and texture using other media and cheap supplies:
texture creating on a scrapbooking layout:
creating some fun handmade embellishments and use it for some accents on a layout:
using them with other acrylic media
using it on difficult surface – like acrylic pages of a minialbum
using acrylic paint to make embellishments your own
Pretty amazing what you can do with acrylic paints, isn’t it? And there is way more!!! So yes – just because of it’s versatility it knocks me off my socks and is my all time favorite essential :)
Which acrylic paints I use:
Here comes a saying that I learned when studying law : “It depends” – LOL. Nice one, huh?
Well, I used a lot of acrylic paints. And over the last couple years I learned what I like and what I do not like.What I like, doesn’t have to be necessary what you like. so just take it as my thoughts and my preferences, ok?
- So first of all let’s state that I like good quality artist paints. Because I learned over the years that especially when working in an art journal for example that they aren’t that tacky as a lot of the cheaper non artist ones.
- I also love good quality artist paints because the color shift between wet and dry is not that high. I love to see how my work might look like when it is dry while I’m still working with my paints. I had many disappointments in the past where I was thinking a nice bright red was rocking my socks and then it was dry and a dark bloody mess as the paint shifted a lot when it dried.
- Highly pigmented colors go a longer way and they are usually also more beautiful. They also can be buffed for a great glossy finish- which for me also is mostly true for more expensive artist paints.
- I love texture and I love to create texture with paints – so I prefer thicker colors – I can also just thin them down if I want – and so I am a big Lover of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paints. I also like Winsor & Newton especially when it comes to their translucent acrylic paints. A good bargain and a very good quality are alos the Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paints.
I hope you liked this post- let me know what you think. Next up is Gesso.
If you want to learn more about acrylic paints- check out my Über*Media Acrylic Paint Online Workshop