Art Quiz: The Answer is Acrylics

Yes, of course, you knew the answer. Pigment and plastic. Yep. Acrylics.

Acrylic paint is made of pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion, along with plasticizers, silicon oils, defoamers, stabilizers or metal soaps. Please, don’t ask me to explain all of those things. I’m just sharing what I’ve learned from browsing.

Many artists love acrylics. I’m personally not one of them, although I’m using them more now that I’ve begun doing acrylic pourings and abstract artworks. One reason why acrylics are popular — in addition to being fairly inexpensive — is that acrylic paint can be used in many different ways. It can be diluted with water, or gels, mediums, and pastes can be added, so that the finished work can resemble watercolor, gouache, oil, or have other unique textures. Acrylic paint is also popular because it’s readily available in a wide variety of colors.

Apple Barrel Acrylics are available at Walmart and craft stores in many different colors.

And what about the other possible answers to the question?

Acetone: This is an organic compound. It is colorless, highly volatile, and very flammable. It mixes with water and is used as an organic solvent.

Gesso: The word gesso comes from Italian and means chalk. It’s a white paint mixture combining a binder with chalk, gypsum, pigment — or a combination of these. Gesso is used primarily for preparation of a surface, such as a canvas panel, for painting. Gesso is available in white and black, and can be tinted with an acrylic paint to create other colors.

Tempera: This is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as egg yolk. Note: Many “poster paints” sold are referred to as “tempera paint”, but this is not accurate. Traditional tempera paint, also known as egg tempera, always uses egg as a binder.

For centuries, egg tempera was artists’ preferred medium for panel paintings, and many of the medieval and renaissance masterpieces found in museums and art galleries were executed in egg tempera. More durable than oil and with a luminosity similar to watercolour, egg tempera offers many advantages to artists willing to embrace the challenge of working with this ancient medium. — From Art Web

I had fun with this little quiz question, and I hope you enjoyed checking your knowledge. Maybe you even learned a little bit. I did.

From time to time these “art quiz” questions will pop up on the blog. Some will be simple; some might be a bit more challenging. I hope all will be interesting and entertaining.




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