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Fun facts about acrylic paint

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Acrylic Paint

Fun Facts to ponder during your next Painted Clover Paint and Sip Event

  1. Acrylic paint is a paint that is made from the combination of pigment and acrylic polymer emulsion, which contains acrylic resin and water. Resin is a type of plastic, which is why then the paint dries it can be easily painted over to modge podged to give a glossy look
  2. The resin used in acrylic paints was first patented in 1915 by a chemist and inventor Otto Röhm from Germany. 
  3. Acrylic paints began to be developed in the 1920s to the 1940s and were able to be bought commercially in the 1950s.
  4. Acrylic paints is a practical paint when cleaning, as it is water soluble, making it generally easily removed with water, but once it is dried on canvas, it can prove difficult to remove. Make sure to always wear an apron when painting.
  5. Acrylic paints have characteristics that can be easily modified with mediums or water, which can affect the way it looks when dried, as well as its texture, and hardness. You can add gesso for a smooth and glossy look, or add sand or salt for a gritty textured piece.
  6. There are two main grades of acrylic paint, and they generally reflect the quality and how much pigment exists in the paint, with ‘artist’ or ‘professional’ grade paint being the best quality and including more pigment, with a ‘student’ or ‘studio’ grade being a cheaper paint with less pigment.
  7. Acrylic paints can often resemble oil paints or water paints, or have the unique texture of acrylics.
  8. Acrylic paints are often used in schools as they can be produced with non-toxic ingredients, and they are also used professionally by artists, as well as being the base or the main ingredient of water-based house paints. Acrylic paints are great for indoor murals, painting a bedroom jungle scenery or a princess castle!
  9. Acrylic paints were popular during the pop art, abstract art and photorealism periods in the 1900s, and have remained very popular due to their flexible nature, providing less cracking; versatility; and their quick drying characteristics. Andy Warhol frequently used acrylic paint for his screensilks on wood pieces.
  10. Acrylic paint is often used in techniques such as repetitive paint coats and is often glossed with a gloss medium for finishing and sealing the work.

Come try your hand with Acrylic paints, get the feel for the medium, before making the expensive decision to buy all the supplies. let us give you the foundation to painting so you too can be an artist!