Beginners guide to acrylic paint - Basic colour palette
Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint. Acrylic Paints become water-resistant when dry.
Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water or modified with acrylic gels, mediums or pastes, the finished acrylic painting.
These paints usually require mixing and grinding to create a smooth finish.
The main difference between acrylic paint and traditional oil painting is the fast drying time of the paint.
Acrylic paints can achieve a similar look to oil paints, and the most obvious advantage is that Acrylic paint dries much faster than oil paint.
What colours do I need to start?
With so many colours available, which ones should you buy when starting?
Cadmium Red: Cadmium red is a yellowish, warm red and relatively opaque.
Phthalo Blue: Phthalo Blue is an intense, extremely versatile blue.
Phthalo Blue goes very dark when combined with burnt umber, because of its high tinting strength.
Mars Black: A relatively opaque colour and should be added to other colours in small quantities until you've got used to its strength.
Burnt Umber: It's great for darkening the tone of other colours. For example, raw umber is similar but slightly lighter and more relaxed.
Phthalo Green: Greens can be hard to mix consistently if you're meticulous in noting the colours and proportions you use. Phthalo green is bright bluish green. Mix it with cadmium yellow to get a variety of shades of greens.
Purple: It's worth buying a very dark purple as you can waste much paint trying to mix one.
Below are links to our Favourite Acrylic Paints.