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Acrylic colour

Can acrylic colours be used with an airbrush?

For airbrush we recommend Amsterdam Acrylic Ink. This ink has already been diluted and can be applied immediately, without thinning.

Amsterdam Inks have been tested with a 0.2 mm needle. In the colours white and metallic, the pigment parts are larger and we therefore recommend a 0.4 mm needle to prevent jamming.

Can acrylic colours be used over oil colours?

Oil colours form a greasy layer and are therefore not suitable as a ground for acrylic colours.  

Can the short drying time of acrylic colours be extended in order to paint alla prima (wet-on-wet)?

Acrylic retarder may be added to the paint up to a maximum of 5% and increases the drying time by a maximum of 20%.

If you want to add more retarder, it is better to use Amsterdam Slow drying medium.

Which brushes are suitable for acrylic colours?

Brushes made of firmer types of hair are the most commonly used for acrylic painting.

  • Hog hair brushes can hold a lot of thick paint, but have a brush stroke that is too inaccurate for working in fine detail. What's more, with water hog hair brushes become a little less resilient.
  • Synthetic (selected filament) brushes are not affected by water and are suitable for both thick and strongly diluted paint as well as fine details.

Acrylic colour brushes have a long handle so that sufficient distance can be maintained from the painting.