Acrylic paints have long been considered to be a beginner-friendly medium, mostly because you don’t need to combine multiple materials to obtain the results you want, and also because they are much less intrusive to the senses than oils.
To start painting with acrylic, all you need is acrylic paints, a canvas, paintbrushes, and water. There’s no need to use other mediums unless you want to increase the fluidity of the paint, and there’s no need to use paint solvents like in the case of oil.
If you’re a beginner or are looking to introduce a child to the world of painting, acrylic is definitely the best choice. Besides not needing lots of fiddling to get the right fluidity and being quick to dry, acrylics are also easier to clean, which can make a world of difference for beginners.
With oil paints and solvents, you need to look after your paintbrushes properly, because if you allow the paint to dry on the brushes may become unusable. To clean brushes and other accessories, you need special solvents that require some skill to handle and can also be quite intrusive to the senses.
On the other hand, when you use acrylic paints, all you need to clean your paintbrushes and materials is some soapy water. Acrylic paints are ideal if you don’t have a lot of space or a proper cleaning area, or simply if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning up after oil painting.
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