FAQs About Acrylic Paints…All Your Questions Answered!
In this post I will be answering all of your questions about acrylic paints and then some. Some of them are questions I have already been asked and others are those I’ve anticipated. So if there is anything you are curious about that I haven’t covered yet, I hope I have discussed it here.
Q: Are acrylics difficult to master?
A: It depends. If you are transitioning from another medium, it can take a little readjustment, but that’s all. In my opinion, I think watercolors are the most difficult to master, they produce some beautiful work, but they are the most unforgiving if you make a mistake.
If you want to read more about my thoughts on watercolors I have written a post about that, which you may find helpful.
Q: Why do acrylics dry so fast when I work?
A: Because they are water based. Almost all water-based paints tend to have expedient dry times due to the fact that water evaporates when exposed to air. There are ways to give yourself more leeway when working, read this post as I elaborate on this topic a great deal.
Q: What skill level have you directed your site towards?
A: Most of my post content is directed towards beginners-intermediate learners. So if you’re a novice you’re likely to get the information you need. You can use the Search bar if there is something in particular you want to know more about.
Q: What do you like the most about working in acrylics?
A: Their versatility, for one thing. I can use them on flower pots, boxes, you name it. And I don’t have to worry about turpentine which is flammable.
Q: Anything you dislike?
A: Well,it kinda sucks to clean up my palettes sometimes.
Q: How did you get started in the first place?
A: In honestly, to appease my roommate in college . I didn’t want to offend her with my smelly oil paints. Maybe she had asthma? Some people literally are sensitive – not judging anyone here. I was taking classes at the time and since I already had most of my materials with me all I had to switch out was my paints. In all honesty, I was working in acrylics long before then, sort of “experimenting” here and there with what I could find.
Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: I’d have to say still lifes. (I used to say “still lives” but I’m pretty sure it’s still “lifes”.) Everyone who goes to art school will be painting a bowl of fruit, for sure. There is so much that goes into that one fruit bowl. Composition, lights and shadows….From there I always got a big charge out of assembling my own menagerie of objects.
In the past, I always loved nature scenes, country, rural and cottage scenes (I kind of mimicked some of Thomas Kincade’s scenes a little….). For awhile, I focused on “fan art” which is a whole other topic.
And anything that involves sunsets. Always sunsets ☀️.
Check out my Gallery page, if you want to get a sampling of what I like to do the most!
Q: What is the best advice you can give someone new to the medium?
A: The best piece of wisdom, don’t try to be perfect right out of the gate. That’s not the goal. Learn as much as you can. Read my posts. Try out some things that I suggest, without having too much expectation at first. But regardless of what you do, have fun! Enjoy the process.
…Oh, and don’t forget to put on a smock or old tshirt before you paint. It’s a bugger to get that paint out of your garments. Trust me on this one!
Q: Do you have any video tutorials?
A: I do have a few tutorials on my Youtube channel, I realize I need to do more, as some of them are more about other craft projects or tools.
I have slackened off due to my phone having aged too much to produce quality video content. Case in point – the file size limit had gotten curtailed to the point I had to be careful not to make a video over two minutes long. I use my phone to capture most of my videos. I hope to do more content going further with video as I have recently upgraded to a new phone and I should be able to produce videos of a longer duration as well-woot!
Q: Do you do Zoom chats? Or Facebook Live events?
A: Not at the moment, I would be willing to do so, most likely it won’t be on my desktop as something in the system is not allowing the camera part to work. I will let you know if that changes, though.
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