- Rajan Seth
oil or acrylic?
Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Find out more about the paints I use to create my abstract art work, and what could work best for you.
One of the most common questions I get asked is about the paints I use to create my art work. Whether you are starting out as an artist, or have been painting for years, finding the right paints to suit your style of work is massively important and can take a long time to find.
Painting the majority of my work on canvas, the choice between acrylic or oil paint can often be difficult, and in more recent years it is an amalgamation of both that I have found works best for me and my abstract paintings.
Oil paint, as the name suggests, has colour pigments in the oil. The most common characteristic of oil paint is that it takes a long time too dry! But this can often be beneficial as changes can be made up until the point where the paint dries. Although more expensive than acrylic paint, I also find that it adds a more solid foundation and texture when layering over time.
Acrylic paint is more cost effective and commonly used. Drying much faster than oil paint, I find acrylic paint to dry a little darker than the original colour on canvas (is it just me?). Acrylic paints are great for abstract paintings because of the fluidity that comes when mixing the paint with water. There are endless opportunities to create unique styles with acrylic paint, but ensure you wash your brushes quickly before it dries and becomes stiff!
Overall, both of the above can have their benefits and drawbacks and the only way to truly know what works best for you is to try both! Over time, you will get a feeling of which is working better for you and the style you are hoping to create.
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