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Your Questions About Acrylic Painting Basics

Mary asks…

4 weeks pregnant Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint Safe?

I paint contemporary pet portraits and have been using Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint. I have stopped painting since I found out I was pregnant. I was wondering if Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint is safe to use while pregnant so I can start painting again?

admin answers:

A lot of paints, oils and acrylics both, use dangerous metals as pigments. Here’s the colors to look out for, followed by the dangerous pigment they contain;

True Naples Yellow (antimony)
Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, Emerald Green (arsenic)
Anything Cadmium, usually reds and yellows (cadmium, obviously)
Chromium Oxide Green, Strontium Yellow, Viridian, Chrome Yellow, Zinc Yellow (chromium)
Flake White, Mixed White, True Naples Yellow, Chrome Yellow (lead)
Burnt Umber, Manganese Blue, Manganese Violet, Mars Brown, Raw Umber (Manganese)
Vermillion (mercury)

The best way to avoid dangerous pigments would be to get paints that have “hue” in the title, which means that the manufacturers tried to replicate the color without using harmful pigments. (For example; if you’re currently using a Cadmium Yellow, replace it with Cadmium Hue Yellow during your pregnancy.)

Happy painting and congratulations!

Ken asks…

is liquitex basics paint safe for skin painting?

is liquitex basics (acrylic color) paint safe for skin painting?

admin answers:

Acrylic paints are not meant to be used on the skin. Just because the package says “non-toxic” does not mean that it is safe to put on skin. Many people are allergic to the non-FDA approved chemicals and colorants used in craft paints (such as nickel), and will break out in a rash from these paints.

Best to seek out face or body paint specifically.

Hope this helps

Steven asks…

How expensive would it be to start experimenting with painting- acrylic being the medium?

I would like to purchase canvases, acrylic paints, and supplies (brushes, sealer, etc.). In your experience, about how much would “the basics” cost?

Any tips for an acrylics newbie (I usually work with water colors or pastels) would be greatly appreciated!! :)

admin answers:

First of all, since you are an artist who has work with water colors and pastels, do you really want your acrylic painting comes out much less in quality than your water colors or pastel work.
Because acrylics dry fast, so there is no way to conserve it. Be prepare to to waste a lot of it.
The price of paints vary from student-grade to artist-grade,
regular to heavy-body, and series. Then you have to have your primary and secondary colors. You also need your mixing colors like burn sienna, raw umber and white.
You must have at least nine tubes of paint. That is minimum forty dollars right there.
You also need retarder to slow down the drying time of the paints unless you paint really fast. That is eight dollars.
As for the brushes, if you have any synthetic water color brushes that you dont use it any more, try to use them for the acrylic. If you feel that they are too soft and unable to push the paints across your canvas, then you should go buy some.
Buy the cheapest flat brushes. As for the round brushes, I recommmend that you invest in quality round brushes which the tips actually come to a point. The least expensive way to get your brushes is to buy them in a set (a cheap set), then get some good brushed for details. That is about and around thirty dollars ( six to ten dollars for a set of brushes).
The prices of canvas vary from styles (how it was stapled), quality (regular or heavy duty bars) and sizes.
And you dont need any sealer for your canvas, because acrylic paints is the “sealer”. Unless, if you need to reuse or start over your canvas and like to have them in white again, then you need to get some white gesso.
A bottle of gesso is around eight dollars.
Prepare to spend about one hundred dollars for your supplies. And as for tips about how to use acrylic paints, dont do it. Why paints with acrylics when you can work with oil paints. Since you are starting a new set, might as well be oils. You will love it.

David asks…

Does Basics acrylic paint contain lead?

admin answers:

No, it doesn’t.

Nancy asks…

Can some one guide me with the difference in basics for acrylic , oils and water colour painting on canvas.?

admin answers:

Acrylic: Dries fast. You can literally finish a piece in the morning and have it in a show by that afternoon(providing you can frame it quick also). Mixes with water as well as cleans up with it. Most colors are non-fading, they are not fugitive to light. You can use them on many different surfaces with the right sealer. You can keep them open(wet longer using mixing meduims designed to work with acrylics. Lends itself well for aibrush use when thinned to the consistancy of 2% milk. Colors can be deepened when you use a matt or gloss medium as a finish

But…no good paint goes unpunished. Unless you are good at wet blending, or use mixing mediums or dry brush techiques, doing portraits or skin tones, any surface that is suppose to be smooth etc can be tough. If the paint drie in the brush, you have to soak it in denatured alcohol.

Oils: Still the king. Though they have oils that are water soluble now, but never used them. Oils stay open longer and have great hiding power(one color can cover anotsy) My wet choice for portrait work. Superior color lasting abilities.

The down side. It stays open longer. So working in the field makes transporting the canvas tricky. Cost is expensive. So are brushes, but over oall I find them less easive to good brushes then acrylic. You can use mixing mediums to quicken the drying process. To some, the smell is a downer.

Water colours: Pound for pound the most milage out of the three compareing cost. Good water colours will cost you but will last years. Won’t fade. If in a tube you can re-wet good colors right on the palette. Most colors are lightfast. You can be very spontaneous, and do a painting in a day if not hours. You can gently roll the painting up in a large tube making tranportation real easy.

Brushes are very expensive. Anything less then Kolinsky sables you will get frustrated. Water colours are tricky, and very unforgiving. You make a mistake you may not be able to scrub it out(something you can do with better quality paper,and t are not cheap)or hide it. Have to have a good concept of working light to dark ause most have no hiding power, they are transparent.

If you are begining I would say start with the acrylic until you get comfortable mixing, then to oils.

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