You’ve probably seen some of my paintings. Almost all of them are in some kind of water medium like watercolour, acrylics or gouache. I have some very good reasons for choosing water media instead of oils, and I wanted to tell you about them. To give you a peek into my life as an artist, and to help you make your decision if you want to paint too.
My number one reason
First of all, I prefer not to feel sick when I paint. I did try oils because people were saying that oils blend so much nicer than acrylics, but even though I was painting outside, and there was a breeze, the fumes made me nauseous. I haven’t reacted like that to the solvents I used before, so it had to be the paint. I also prefer my paint to be less toxic.
Lack of patience
I’m not a very patient person. I don’t want to wait for a long time between layers, and I want my painting to be finished when I’m finished with it. I don’t want it to take forever to dry. A thick coat of oil paint can take many weeks to thoroughly dry while the same work in acrylics or watercolour is dry within hours or even minutes. I’m not a fan of waiting at all and art should be fun.
I feel I can experiment and play much more with water media. You can add stuff to make it create patterns on its own, you can use resist techniques, and you can let it flow. There are lots of other things too especially with acrylics. There are dozens of different mediums you can use to make it flow better, make it dry slower, make it thicker, make it last longer, use it on clothing, add texture and so on. I can even use all three of these media with stamps.
More surfaces, crisp and clear
With water media, you also have a larger choice of surfaces. Acrylics stick to almost anything and watercolour and gouache work for both paper, canvas as well as boards, as long as they’re prepared. It’s also easier to get a clear and crisp edge and bright colours with for example acrylics. With oils, you risk that the colour mixes with the underlying colour unless it’s thoroughly dry.
The reason I have acrylics as my #1 choice over the other two water media is that I can cover it up if I’m not happy with it 🙂
What’s your favourite material? Leave me a comment below
It doesn’t matter if you paint or not. I’d love to hear about it regardless of how you create.
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