For this lesson a friend, Paintings by Justin, and I wanted to make a video together on the differences between oils and acrylics. Justin painted this ocean wave scene in oils and I painted the same scene with acrylics. We hope this helps you learn to paint. There are more details in the lesson below. Hope you enjoy!
Here are the key differences between oils and acrylics:
1. Drying Times. Acrylics dry fast while oils dry slowly. Additives can be used for both to speed or slow drying times. They are called fast drying medium or slow drying medium. I buy the ones that are the same brand as my paints.
2. Texture. Regular acrylics don't create as much texture while oils are made for texture. Additives can be added to both to create more texture or to smooth the paint.
3. Solvent. Acrylics use water as the solvent, which thin paint and wash brushes. Oils use turpentine or mineral spirits to thin paint and wash brushes.
5. Brushes. Both use long handles and can be natural hair or synthetic. For both it can be beneficial to have a soft brush or stiff depending on your preferences.
7. Surface. Acrylics and oils do better on a primed surface. On natural surfaces such as wood, rock and metal the acrylics do better. Oil paint seeps into natural surfaces separating the oil from the pigment leading to cracking and peeling of the paint.
If your wondering what paint to use acrylics or oils I hope this helps you make the choice that will be right for you.
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