Acrylic Paint Vs Oil Paint – The Pros and Cons of It

Both of the above mentioned paints have some strengths and weaknesses. In the following article, we shall discuss about the pros and cons of both the paints, some techniques work with some medium but not with another. We shall discuss about these and more, so what are you waiting for, just read on…

PRO: Acrylic paint is the quickest paint with respect to its drying property. While layering acrylic paints, it shall hardly take 15 minutes.

CON: Due to its quick drying, some techniques like the Wet on Wet will be very difficult to take up.

PRO: Due to its fast drying feature, it is ideal to use as the base color for the oil paint.

CON: Oil Paint can also be applied on acrylic paint but acrylic paints can never be applied over oil paint.

PRO: Acrylic paints can be mixed with different mediums such as pastels, watercolors, oil paints and textured material like sand.

Pros and Cons Of Oil Paint.

PRO: The modern techniques such as wet on wet also can be very successfully used with Oil Paints.

CON : As it is very slow in drying some of the paintings might take months to dry completely and even most of the paintings will take at least two weeks.

PRO: Some of the artists prefer the slow drying time as they wish to experiment with some of the techniques, where slow drying of the paint is desired as at times it helps in aiding the artist. It helps the artists to make any sort of changes and rectify the mistakes.

PRO: Almost all the oil paints are soupy and very thin. Some of the oils in the paints are reformulated, which results in the thickness expanding the options for the artists.

PRO: There are varieties available in student’s grade as well as professional grades, wherein students grade are reasonably priced so that an artist can use it for practicing purpose. They are also readily available in an art store.