If you have decided to begin painting the next step is to explore the different types of paints. The three most popular types of paint are acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Each has many styles and attributes. This article compares two types of paints, oil and watercolor.
Oil paints come in tubes and use oil as a base to distribute the pigment on a canvas. With conventional oils paint a turpentine solution is needed to clean paint brushes. These paints are very rich and can be layered and applied thick for texture. The conventional oil paints can take days to dry, so it is possible to go back into a painting and rework areas a day or two later. You can even paint over dry areas. Typically oil paints and the necessary supplies cost more than watercolor painting supplies.
Watercolor painting is a very fluid style of painting. Water is the base for the pigment, so clean up is easily done with tap water. The paint can be found in cakes and in tubes and watercolor paper is typically used instead of a canvas. Although you can buy very high end supplies, good quality watercolor supplies can be purchased relatively inexpensively.
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