Portrait Painting for Dummies

The Tools of your Trade: Acrylic Paint

  • Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint.
  • Made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion.
  • Acrylic paints are water-soluble, (it mixes with water) but become water-resistant when dry.
  • Depending on the amount of water it gets mixed with, it gives different effects, from thin glazes to thick impasto
  • It can be modified with acrylic gels, mediums, or pastes, to resemble a watercolour or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.
  • Does not require any chemicals, (turpentine or oils) and rinses away with just water.