Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic Paint

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Jenny, 11″x14″ acrylic on canvas

One of my goals this year was to make acrylic paintings available for pet portrait commissions. Well, I finally finished my first sample today of a Border Collie. My reference photo is from a free photo archive called Morgue File. If you need copyright free photos, I suggest you check it out.

I got the idea after painting my pet portrait ornaments. They are 3″ x 3″ circular wood plaques and I paint a miniature portrait on the front with acrylic. Then I top it off with a beautiful bow. I figured if I could paint this small, why not offer them in larger sizes too?

Don’t get me wrong, I love watercolor! I also enjoy drawing. But acrylic has some advantages:

  • Acrylic dries quickly
  • Acrylic can be diluted with water and cleans up easily
  • Acrylic is more opaque than watercolor so I do not have to add as many layers
  • I can get more realistic with acrylic
  • Acrylic is not as toxic as oils (less fumes)

Disadvantages to acrylic:

  • Because it dries so quickly, it becomes tacky on your palette and that makes it hard to use
  • It can ruin your brushes if you do not clean them thoroughly
  • You cannot save acrylic paint on your palette like you can with watercolor

I did buy Golden OPEN Acrylics, which are made with a slow drying formula. They stay wet longer almost like oils. I think these are great for certain projects. They dry much slower than typical acrylics so it gives you more work time. This is advantageous if you like to blend your paint.

I am excited to get to work on new portraits in a new medium. So, please let me know if you are interested in ordering one!