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* Acrylic is recommend for beginners because cheaper than oil paint

* Oil is around 50% more expensive than acrylic paint.

Dry Time

* Acrylic dries very fast. Usually in a couple of hours. Even if applied very thick (this is called impasto – for more information about impasto painting see my article on pallet knife painting) the paint will still dry in less than a day.

* Oil dries slowly, depending on two things 1.) how thick paint is. 2.) how much linseed oil one mixes with the paint. Oil paint is mixed with linseed oil to apply paint in layers. Oil paint dries by the evaporation of the oil from the pigment. If an artist were to use a pallet knife and apply paint very thick it could take around 6 months. I apply my paint very thin so it usually takes three days.

* Acrylic paint once dried can be painted over without disturbing underlying layers. This means if you mess up painting an area in a few hours you can repaint the area again. Acrylic working time can be increased by spraying a little bit of water on a painting or the painter’s pallet. There are additives that you can mix with the paint that will increase the working time of acrylics. I have not worked with these additives, so I cannot comment on them. However once dried, acrylic paint cannot be removed by re-wetting. Lastly, you must be careful to not let the paint dry on the brush as it becomes difficult to remove.

* Oil paint dries slow, so have to wait a few days before you can paint same area again. If you don’t wait, the paint will mix with color below it. This is what I refer to as “muddy.” An alternative to waiting is to use Q-tips and turpenoid to slowly remove paint from desired area. Or you can mix paint with a substance that you can buy called, “quick dry.” I chose not to work with these oil paint additives as the slowly drying paint allows plenty of time to work and blend colors. Once dried oil paint can be over-painted without disturbing underlying layers. Can be used thickly or in thin, smooth glazes. The Old Masters of the Renaissance like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo used glazes to create subtle movement in their paintings. Below is a demonstration of the glazing technique of Jan Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl with Pearl Earring.”

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Popular Q&A

How Does Water Soluble Oil Paint Work?

Everyone learns in science class that oil and water don't mix, so how do water soluble oil paints work then? And why can't you simply mix traditional oil paints with water?

What are the Best brushes for water soluble oil paints?

Hi right now im want Holbein Duo Aqua Oil paint and i was wondering what are some good brushes for this kind of media, are Watercolors brushes good for this type of media? I bought some Reeves oil paint brushes but when i dip them into water they split and the hog hair starts falling off.

Many companies make brushes specifically for acrylic painting, these are often made with synthetic bristles and are intended for use with water.
Cheap brushes always loose their bristles and are a waste of time, get the best you can afford and don't buy too many.

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