Acrylic painting is the youngest painting technique. It is based on using acrylic paint made of pygment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic technique is easy and all-purpose, that is why it has quickly become widespread.
“Magna” is the name of the first acrylic paint, created by Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden in 1947. During a couple of years its formula had been improved, and in 1960 the world saw the perfect formula, which is the prototype of the contemporary acrylic paint. Nowadays acrylic paints are used not only in painting, but also in finishing works, wall painting, decorating and even nail art.
- among professional artists and amateurs acrylic painting became very popular because of its properties and peculiarities:
- acrylic paints present a vast colour range and in terms of its flexibility and variety of techniques it approaches oil painting;
- they are resistant to environmental effect: they don’t crack and don’t turn yellow;
- they can be implied to almost any surface: paper, canvas, glass, metal, wood etc;
- they don’t require any solvents - they are diluted by water;
- in fact, acrylic paint is liquid plastic, that is why acrylic paintings are long-lived;
- fresh paint can be removed with water, but after drying it becomes water-resistant and can be removed only with solvent;
- acrylic paints can be diluted with different amount of water depends on what technique you are going to use.
When working with acrylic paints, you can use any technique you like and even combine them in your artwork. For example, acrylic paint mixed with a big amount of water is difficult to distinguish from watercolours or gauche. Or if you don’t dilute acrylics with water at all, or dilute it just a little, paint will be thick and paste-like, like oil paints. Since acrylic paint is fast drying, it is important to work quickly and keep the paint moist.
The best brushes for acrylic painting are bristle or synthetic brushes. During the working process it’s better to keep them in a glass of water so that they won’t dry, and after you finish working, wash them with soap. The best palette for acrylics is the one made of any non-absorbent material such as glass, ceramic, plastic etc.
Plenty of contemporary masterpieces are painted in acrylics. Artworks of a contemporary Russian artist Tatiana Nikolaenko are remarkable for the perfection of colour solutions and their dynamics, and warm-hearted works of primitive artist Evgeny Rodionov will touch even the pickiest of art lovers. Their and many other artists’ works you can not only check out in our online gallery, but also buy them at a quite attractive price.