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Friday, September 18, 2015

About Acrylic Paints

This is where my art journey began.
And I paint in acrylic paint,
so I wanted to share with you some info on
acrylic paints.

Here is a handout I made to explain the different types of acrylic paint.

What Is The Difference in Acrylic Paints?

1.   Heavy Body Acrylics are typically found in Artist and Studio Grade paints, and they are the best choice for heavier paint application.  Heavy Body refers to the thickness of the paint.  Heavy body paints will leave brush or palette knife strokes.  They come in tubes or jars.

2.   Student Acrylics are similar to professional artist acrylics, but they have lower pigment concentrations, less expensive formulas, and a smaller range of colors. Colors are designed to be mixed, although color strength is lower.

3.   Fluid Acrylics, or soft body acrylics, are not as thick as heavy body acrylics, but they generally have the same heavy pigmentation of the heavy body acrylics. They are available in either Artist quality or Craft quality.  They are good for watercolor techniques, airbrush application, or when smooth coverage is important.   Fluid acrylics can be made thicker or thinner by mixing them with any type of acrylic mediums.

4.   Open Acrylics remain wet on the palette for longer periods of time.  Color mixes are usable longer, resulting in less waste. Their longer working time makes them an excellent choice for many techniques, including plein air painting and portraiture. They may be used with natural fiber brushes, and also work well with more traditional painting techniques.

5.   Acrylic Paint Markers can be used on hard, non-porous materials such as glass, plastic, and metal. Use them on any surface that is not oily, greasy, or waxy. They are more opaque than ordinary ink and dye based markers. Light colors can cover dark surfaces.

I'm going to pull back the curtain 

and teach beginning painters how to get started,
what supplies they need,
what to buy and where,
how to understand color,
how to hold a brush,
how to create form,
how to create perspective,
why some compositions work and others don't
how to practice
and then finally,
teach you how to paint not 1 but 2 paintings
using step by step instructions.

This online course really will teach a beginning painter
how to get started on the right foot.
All in one place, for one low price.



  1. As someone who has seen teh course, I can tell you you will be educated and entertained by this wonderful woman at the same time!

    1. Thank you so much Meredith. I appreciate your support. Meredith is the lucky artist who watched tons of videos and read the content for my online course. She has seen it from the ground up.

  2. Great information, happy teaching to you!

    1. Thank you Diane. I appreciate your comment and support.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.