Acrylic paint is fast-drying with a medium-heavy body and the ability to deliver vibrant colours in both matte and gloss finishes. Its versatility, durability and low toxicity make acrylics perfect for beginners and experts alike, while hobbyists and students can store their creations almost instantly without smudging.
From dabbing to dry brushing, acrylics can be applied in many different ways. Squeezing the colour straight from the tube onto the surface creates a 3D impasto texture, much like the technique synonymous with oil painting. On the other hand, diluting acrylic paint will create a semi-transparent, watercolour consistency – the chance to experiment and play is abound.
The natural opacity of acrylics ensures they can be applied to virtually any surface, even concrete, wool and textile. If you’re using a thin or watered-down technique, then acrylic paper would be the best surface to work on, while canvas is more suitable when applying an oil-paint technique.
Acrylics are thick and buttery by nature, able to glide over paper in large sweeping strokes, while also allowing you to partially mix colours for a marbled appearance or layer up to create blocks and strong lines. Daler-Rowney is proud to hold a particular heritage as the first company to launch acrylics in Europe.