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The Differences in Art Paint

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Having an idea of the different types of paints out there today, will save you time when it comes to making the right purchase.

And experienced artists, you will find. Usually stick to the same type of paint.

As when they do find the right paint that suits their needs, they usually stick to it.

But what’s a good paint for the beginner, or the experienced artist.

Well we all know that there are different sorts of grades of art paint out there these days. And the price ranges is just as varied.

The better the quality paint; the higher the price.

So how do you choose the difference.

Higher quality paints usually have a better consistency and blending factors, which make applying the paint to your selected surface that much easier.

The Differences in Art Paint

Paint Types

Now I’m not saying that any one particular paint is going to be better than the other, because it depends on what sort of paint suits your own painting style, and also if you want to take your time in painting, or want quick results.

By purchasing a few primary colors you can try out some different paint types. Here are a few to guide you:

  • Acrylics - One of the most common paints for different skills.

Versatile in their own right, you can water them down and also use as a thick paste. It is best to layer these paints to gain a mixed color grade in your paintings.

Once dry though; they become waterproof and you cannot fix your mistakes once done. Unless you paint over them, they are fast drying and water soluble.

  • Watercolors – The use of your white board will show through in your watercolors.

Water soluble, watercolors are quite translucent in nature, showing the grain from the brush when applied to a surface.

You can layer one color upon the other to achieve a different application compared to all other art paint.

Fast drying and easy to rectify mistakes, watercolors also are in the lower price bracket.

  • Oils – Used by many a famous painter throughout history and also today.

Oils are easy to blend, resulting in rich colors that give your paintings depth. I like oils very much, though on the higher end of the price range. You can paint thinly or thickly.

Taking time to dry, these oil paints are not for the artist who wants instant results. Though slow drying, you can fix mistakes and they also lay well on their painted surface.

  • Watercolor Pencils – Used just like watercolor, though in a pencil form application not applied with a brush.

I have also used these watercolor pencils, and they usually come in a pack of many different colors.

You can dip the ends in water and apply them to your surface intended surface, or put water on the surface firstly and then draw/paint with your water color pencil. You might even think of using them with the normal brush applying these watercolors together.

Popular Brands

  • Winsor and Newton 
  • Buff
  • Cryla 
  • Utrecht 
  • Daler Rowney 
  • Golden Artist Colors 
  • Aquafine 
  • Holbein 
  • Liquitex 
  • Old Holland 
  • Prismacolor 
  • Rowney 
  • ShinHan 
  • Lascaux 
  • Van Gogh 

I know the choice is broad, but you don’t have to go and try them all. I certainly haven’t, and it would get pretty expensive if you did.

“Painting is by nature a luminous language.” ~Robert Delaunay

So read up on what other artists are using and do your own homework before going out and buying your paints. At least this way you can save on money and time.

And if you feel the urge to buy a few different paint types.  Why not!