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How to Paint with Acrylic Paint: What Is Acrylic Paint?

Watch more How to Paint with Acrylics videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn what acrylic paint is in this acrylic tutorial from Howcast. Expert: Linda Rhea Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York. Acrylic paint is pigment in a suspension of acrylic polymers. It's water based so it's very user friendly. They're very different than oils in that the water is the medium. With oils you have to use a turpentine or a paint thinner to wash your brushes and to thin the paint. You can mix water with acrylic to make it behave like a water color. All you have to do is mix more water in with your paint and use them in a thin application. You can also mix a product called a gel in with your acrylics and that makes it heavier and it almost looks and acts more like an oil painting. Acrylic paints are a great way to get started painting. They're affordable, they're easy to use, they dry quickly. So go to your craft store, grab some paints, and get started.
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