Fine Art Paints
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Finding out which painting medium is most suited to an artist is a path much needed to be explored by the artist themselves.Oil paints are mostly rich in colour and are lovely to use if you want a painting with texture and dimension. Using a palette knife instead of a paint brush will help the artist give the painting impasto. This is, when dry, impasto provides texture, the paint coming out of the canvas.
Unlike oils, which can take up to 6 months to dry, acrylic paints are fast drying and are generally thinner in texture. They can be diluted with water but become water resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is modified with gels, retarders or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can be made to resemble an oil painting or a watercolour.
Gouache and watercolours are very similar with gouache being an opaque watercolour. Using watercolours allows the artist to show an underdrawing or engraving in the image. Colors can also be mixed visually by layering paints on the paper. Watercolors appear more vivid than acrylics or oils. This is because the pigments
are laid down in a more pure form with fewer fillers
obscuring the pigment colors.
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