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Acrylic Painting On Canvas: Where and How Did It Reach Us


Acrylic painting on canvas

Acrylic first became commercially available in the 1950s. These were alcohol-based mineral paints called Magna, offered by Bocourt Artist Colors. Water-based acrylic paints are in the market as "Latex" interior paints, although the acrylic dispersion did not contain the latex materials from rubber plants. Interior "latex" paints were a combination of a binder (sometimes acrylic, vinyl, PVA, etc.), filler, pigment, and water. Exterior "latex" paints can also be a blend of polymers, but most of the best water-based paints were 100% acrylics.


Shortly after water-based acrylic found its way on exteriors of buildings, artists (the first Mexican murals) and companies began to explore the potential of the new portfolio. Acrylic water-based artistic paints found a market in the early 1960s. Acrylic paints as a modern material came into everyday use for its exceptional versatility. These come from water and an acrylic pigment binder, which form a strong, clear film after drying. This transparent film reflects the light of the pigment it contains, giving the acrylic color its brilliance and splendor.


Until the 20th century, artists mixed their paints to increase the durability of the artwork and achieve the desired pigment saturation, viscosity, and control the use of fillers, if any. With the advent of thinners and pigments suitable for custom acrylic pouring medium painting, due to the fast drying time, manual mixing was no longer applicable. Artists modified the appearance, strength, elasticity, texture, and other characteristics of the paint surface using acrylic thinners. Watercolors and oil painters also use various additives, but the range of acrylic thinners is much broader.


Acrylic pouring medium painting technique on canvas


Acrylic pouring medium painting can bond many different surfaces, and the addition of additives can change its adhesive characteristics. Additives come in handy when applying thick layers of paint. For example, gels and shaping pastes are sometimes useful to create sculptural relief paintings.


Acrylic paint often used in the scratching technique (a surreal technique for drawing a drawing by scratching the paint on a canvas with a pen or sharp tool).


Acrylic paint dries relatively quickly, which means you do not have to wait long before applying the next coat. The film is more flexible than other types of paints and is more resistant to cracking.


After drying, acrylic becomes very resistant to water, allowing you to apply the next layer of paint without fearing blurring the previous one. This means that the paint will not dissolve with a wet brush, as is the case with watercolor paint. To thin the paint, you need to add water or a special acrylic thinner.


Advantages of acrylic painting on canvas


Acrylic painting on canvas dries quickly compared to other paints. Thanks to its base of acrylic resins. This allows the artist or lover of arts and crafts to create a masterpiece in a short time.


  • They can be used on a wide variety of supports

  • They can be used to create textures, collage or mixed media

  • It is breathable, which makes it waterproof

  • It is resistant to mold

  • It does not emit a strong odor

  • It is easy to maintain and can be touched up

  • It can be mixed with water for a lighter appearance

  • Unlike oil, acrylic paint is more resistant to time


Acrylic pouring medium painting: All-terrain paint


Acrylic paint is versatile and is useful on any type of surface including, paper, cardboard, fabric, wood, wall, glass, metal, and plastic. Acrylic paint adapts to all supports, as it is very adhesive. Only one condition: the surface has to be clean. Even a small trace of greasy or oily substance will prevent it from setting.

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