Acrylic paint is a type of fast-drying paint, which depending on its modification can be used to create artwork resembling oil paintings or watercolours. These paints are water-soluble, but resistant to water when dry. Acrylic colours can be modified with acrylic gels, pastes or media to create magnificent pigments and hues. Said paint is an ideal choice for beginners. Since, it can be rinsed off with water without creating a mess. Furthermore, it does not stain clothes like oil paints therefore, can be used in schools and art classes.
Acrylic paint ingredients
Acrylic paints contain a pigment, which gives them colour and a synthetic resin binder. Acrylic powder colours when mixed with an acrylic medium or binder create buttery smooth acrylic paints.
Benefits of using acrylic paints
• Wide array of usage techniques: Fevicryl acrylic colours when thinned down using water can be used for building up thick layers of paint, or simply as wash, similar to watercolours. Using them a finish ranging from matte to glossy can be achieved.
• Fast drying: The fast drying nature of acrylic sheet colours makes them the ideal choice for artists who work quickly, or in art classes. However, drying time can be increased through retarders, if necessary.
• Long lasting: Acrylic colours are more stable when compared to other paints, since no signs of deterioration have appeared on even 60-year-old paintings.
Uses of acrylic paints
Fevicryl acrylic colours can be mixed with several types of media to create varying textures. Pasta, sand and rice are some of the most common options. Moreover, after drying pen, charcoal or pastels can be used on top to further modify your artwork.
Many options as painting surface
Unlike acrylic paints, oil and water paints have limited choices as application/painting surface. Be it acrylic powder colours or emulsion based colours, they can be used on canvas, paper, cloth, masonite, brick, metal, wood and concrete. Provided the surface is not too greasy or glossy. Also, since chances of oil seeping from paint to cause surface damage are zero, you need not prime the surface. For porous surfaces using a primer beforehand is necessary.
Prepping of surface for acrylics
While prepping of surface might not be necessary when just beginning with acrylic sheet colours, it is better to know how to prep various types of surfaces.
• Wood: Use fine grit sandpaper for sanding and remove sawdust.
• Canvas: Apply two coats of primer to unprimed canvas and wipe it clean before painting if needed.
• Glass: First wash in soapy, warm water to remove grease, dirt and dust, followed by rinsing in water and drying.
• Plaster: Wipe with a damp cloth.
• Tin: Wash with soapy water and then wipe with a cloth dampened in white vinegar.
• Terra Cotta: Wipe with damp cloth and let it dry.
Faber Castell Acrylic Colours
Faber-Castell is one of the leading brands of acrylic colours throughout the world. Being a specialist in stationery and office supplies, it ensures creation of superior quality painting materials. An alternative to Faber-Castell Acrylic Paints are Fevicryl acrylic colours. Beginners can choose any top brand as they are equally easy to use. Through our competitive market pricing you can purchase Faber-Castell Acrylic Paint Fabric Colour in packs of 6 shades for Rs. 68 and 12 shades for Rs. 136.