Acrylic paint is a versatile medium which can mimic the properties of oil paint or watercolor yet it has its own unique properties. Artists today can choose from several acrylic paint brands and several types of acrylic colors, gels and mediums. Unlike oil paint, acrylic paint dries very fast. Its pigment is suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Artist Quality acrylic paints have high pigment loads with less fillers and with a number of colors and types to choose from. Student Grade acrylic paints are more economical because they have less pigments and more filler. For the beginner, China Made acrylic paints are now available with even less pigment and high loads of filler.
Acrylic paint is a modern medium that allows artists to explore the infinite creative possibilities that acrylic has to offer. With acrylic paints, one can paint thin or ultra thick using the different mediums, gels and molding pastes. Now that Mixed Media and Digital Art are becoming more popular, an artist can use acrylic paints with gels to make collages or Digital Grounds to print on almost any surface.