The fact is that acrylic paints dry really fast and this is a feature that allows an artist finish the painting really quickly. This fast-drying feature also allows for the layering technique since you will not have to wait for a long time until you can apply another layer of the paint. It also has the advantage of allowing you to rectify errors since you will not have to wait long for the paint to dry before you can work over it again. But there is a slight problem with the fats drying process. The paint will not blend easily. If you are not a master artist, you should never attempt using this paint since it requires expertise. However, you can mix the paint with a retarder to slow the drying process or any other medium to the paint. There are various types of acrylic paints called open acrylics which take a longer time to dry.
Just like many watercolors, acrylic paints are also water-based. The acrylic paint will act like a watercolor paint if you heavily dilute it. But when you do not dilute it with water, it will appear like oil paint and this is something great since the paint is a lot safer to use than oil paints since they do not have toxic chemicals and strong smells. With the fact this acrylic paint is water-based, this means that the paint can be easily washed from paintbrush by simply using water. But you should also know that even when acrylic paints are water-based, it become quite resistant to water when dry.
One of the main reasons why many artists prefer acrylic paints is because they can be applied to a variety of surfaces. You can apply the paint on canvas, paper; wood, glass, pottery, and upholstery just to mention a few. If you are painting canvas using this paint, you will not have to prime to prepare the canvas beforehand like you need to when you are painting with oil-based paints. You can just apply acrylic paint on the surface to a blank canvas and it will not have any negative effects on your final painting. After acrylic paint is dried, you can use various mixed media like pastels, pens, and charcoal on top of the painting.
Acrylic paints are great due to their versatility. When you apply them thin or thick, they will produce a different effect and they can also be mixed with a variety of mediums to bring out different effects and this is something that you cannot achieve when you use any other kind of paint. Manufacturers also put some additives on the paint to bring out a thin effect just like that of watermelon while there are also other ingredients that thicken up the color which makes it more oil-like. To retain the texture and thickness of the paint, additives such as gels and pastels are used. Artistes have a great experience using these pints due to the many additives they can use to bring different effects.