Painting Tools

Now you can find all your painting tools and essentials here at Spotlight, from single brushes right up to artists easels in various designs and sizes. Choose from a huge range of single or assorted brushes for oils, watercolours, acrylic and mixed media artworks as well as rollers, sponges, palettes and storage tubs. Our range also includes painting tools for kids including brush sets specially designed for little hands, brush and paints sets and even a blackboard easel. Paints, paper, boards and other surfaces are also available in the range of art supplies here at Spotlight.

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What Are The Best Paints For Canvas?

A lot of people who come to Spotlight for their art supplies ask us what the best paint is for canvas. While there is a large variety of paints to choose from, the best paints for canvas are still oil paint and acrylic. To learn more about each type of paint and their respective benefits, please read the information below.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Acrylic Paint On Canvas?

One of the biggest benefits of acrylic paints is that they can be used to implement a variety of techniques and this provides a lot of freedom as an artist. For example, acrylics can be thinned with water, which creates a watercolour effect. They can also be layered, which makes them look more like oil.

Acrylic paints are not only suitable for canvas, though. In fact, acrylic is one of the more versatile when it comes to binding with surfaces. They are suitable for canvas, paper, wood, metal, concrete, and even stone. So, if you do not like to stick to canvas alone for your artwork, acrylic might be the most versatile option out there.

Another benefit of acrylic paint is its quick-drying property. Of course, this could be seen as an advantage or disadvantage. Some painting techniques benefit from a longer drying time, while others benefit from a shorter drying time. Therefore, this is something that must be determined once you have developed your own style.

In addition to being versatile in terms of painting service, acrylic paint can also be versatile where mixing mediums are concerned. In fact, artists are known to use mediums such as sand and rice, which certainly makes any artwork more interesting.

Finally, acrylic paint is also quite stable, this means they are less likely to discolour, crack, or deteriorate compared to other popular paints. While all paints do have a lifespan, acrylic tends to be a durable option where longevity is concerned.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Oil Paint On Canvas?

Oil paint provides just as many benefits as acrylic paint, although these benefits can be slightly different. Contrary to acrylic paint, oil paint takes a lot longer to dry. While this could be seen as a disadvantage, it does give artists the ability to work with what they have created and even make some changes if they deem it appropriate.

Another big benefit associated with oil paint is that it can be left uncovered for a considerable amount of time. Some other paints can be altered by environmental elements, which is not the case for oil paint. So, if you like to leave your canvas to dry in your studio without having to cover it, oil paint can be the better option.

When it comes to working with oil paint, we must mention that the drying time can be very lengthy. In some cases, the paint can be left for days on end without showing any signs of drying. For those who want to continue developing their techniques and tend to want to make changes, this is beneficial. However, if you prefer to work with something quicker, acrylic may be the way to go.

Another benefit of oil paint is the colours it can create. The colours stemming from oil paint can be lustrous, luminous, and durable, which bodes well if your canvas painting has to stand the test of time.

Artists who like to blend their paint while they work may prefer to work with oil paint as well, as oil paint blends beautifully with the paints surrounding it. Once again, this is where the slow-drying quality proves beneficial, as it leaves more time for flawless blending and detailing.

When you love to blend, we do need to express caution when it comes to blending with oil blend. Since it blends easily, mistakes are easily made too. Therefore, we always urge budding artists to practice blending techniques when they acquire a new oil paint, this helps to prevent any unwanted surprises once you start your work on canvas.

Do you need some acrylic or oil paint to get you started? Or do you require additional artist supplies or tools? Check out our affordable catalogue today and get your masterpiece started!

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