acrylic paint

was developed in the middle of the 20th century. Acrylic is a type of synthetic resin based on polymer colours. The paint is made by mixing pigments to formulate an acrylic emulsion. The artist is able to dilute the paint with water, but as the paint dries, the resin particles bind to form a robust, flexible, rubber-like film which water cannot penetrate. Acrylic paint is preferred as it dries quickly, meaning the artist can almost immediately paint over a layer which has just been applied. Although acrylic paint is more difficult to manipulate than oil paint and water paint, the artist is able to achieve a mat, semi-mat or glossy result by mixing the paint with the correct media.

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