Acrylic vs Watercolor
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Acrylic and watercolor are both paints but did you know that they are both similar and different in many ways? People who are new with painting might not know but I can help you understand!
They both have many things in common. Both of them are water based and the brushes can be cleaned with water and soap. Their consistency is very alike. Both are used to paint wet on wet. If you never heard of wet on wet, it’s a technique where you apply wet paint on a layer of wet paint that you applied previously. You can use masking fluid on both watercolor and acrylic on paper and canvas.
And now the differences. You can use acrylic to paint on different types of surfaces such as canvas, cardboard, etc., while you can use watercolor only on paper. Acrylic gives off a brighter color than watercolor. Acrylic is water-proof and dust-proof while watercolor isn’t. So if you’re doing a DIY using plastic, I recommend you use acrylic because the color will shine and won’t fade like what watercolor does. When you paint using acrylic paints, you can put on lighter or darker shade first, whatever you prefer, but for watercolor you need to add a lighter shade then moving on to a darker shade later. Acrylic is made out of a pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, while watercolor is made out of natural gum or synthetic glycol.
So now that you know the differences and similarities of acrylic and watercolor, this might help you when you paint using these paints in the future.