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why I use acrylics

Watercolor, acrylic, oils. How do you choose where to start? What medium is best for you?

When I first got into painting I was stumped. I loved the way watercolor looks, the translucent quality and the brilliant colors were amazing.

But oils were a classic, they were what was used in all the famous painting I had learned about in school.

And acrylics, while a newer art medium seemed like a simple, good choice.

So I stood in the paint aisle of my local art store for what seemed like hours (and was probably hours), looking at the ingredients and instructions, and looking things up online.

What really ended up making up my mind was two things. One, you don't need any chemicals. Since oils require mineral spirits I though maybe it was a good idea to not start there. And two, I had a bunch of canvas sitting in storage. You can't really use watercolor on canvas. And so I picked up a variety pack of basic acrylic paint and paint brushes and headed home, at least semi confident in my decision.

Since then I have not looked back.

I have dallied with watercolors a bit but acrylics have become one of my favorite mediums to use.

One of my favorite parts is how fast they dry. While that can be a frustration for others I lack patience. I get frustrated waiting very easily and I don't like sitting still.

Seriously, watching paint dry is one of my worst nightmares.

So acrylics work great for me. A thin layer can dry in less than 15 minutes, and I rarely have to wait longer than 30 minutes. I can use that time to get some water, do my business and then wander back without feeling like I have wasted my time.

So really, the reason I use acrylics over oils or watercolors is more a matter of happenstance but I enjoy the process and I like working with them.

Don't be afraid to experiment, you may find that acrylics are the perfect medium for you, or you may find you prefer watercolors. Or maybe you won't want to use paint at all and are more of a colored pencil kind of person.

You do you and be proud of yourself. :)

Rebecca Adams

The Adventuring Artist

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