thinning acrylics and dark side of the water

To manipulate the texture and the flow of the acrylics you will have to thin them at some point. My recommendation is to use water or mediums to thin the acrylics.
Let’s start with water. Here is something important you should know. When using water, the mixing proportion should not exceed 30% ratio – 70% paint and 30% water. Here is why. When canvas is dry and water has evaporated, paint molecules will bind together and stick to the canvas. If the there is too much water, the molecules will be too far apart to bind after water evaporates. This means that paint will not stick firmly to canvas and may peel off with time. Now, this rule applies only to the primed canvas. If you are using raw canvas or any other surface that can easily absorb water, then go ahead and use any ratio you want. Well absorbing fibers will keep paint in place.
Airbrush medium is another substance that is used to thin acrylics. Airbrush medium consists of clear acrylic paint and flow aid. This product will be safe to use in any ratio.
There are other mediums and gels that can be used to thin or substitute paint; it all depends on the purpose and final result. Gels and mediums deserve the separate article.
So go ahead and experiment. Just keep in mind the dark side of the water and use the right ratio.
Have fun!

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