Acrylic paint is a fast drying, water resistant (when dry) paint containing synthetic resin as the medium to bind the pigment. Depending on how much it is diluted with water, acrylic painting can resemble watercolors or oil paintings. It is sometimes used in place of watercolors because it dries closer to the color and lays on smoother, leaving less brush strokes than watercolor once dry. It is used as an alternative to oil paint because it dries faster. Oil paint takes a very long time to dry. Acrylic can achieve an oil-like effect in much less time.
Related Terms: Medium, Pigment, Binder, Oil Paint, Tempera, Watercolor, Fresco, Pastel, Gouache, Encaustic.