Acrylic Paint vs. Poster Color: The Difference!

For our upcoming new blogs, I have decided to get back to the basics of painting and spread some awareness regarding it. So, it can be beneficial for people who are new in this field. In the upcoming blogs we’ll be covering everything from types of paints to the canvas, to the palettes, brushes and what not?! So, why waste time? Let’s begin with this blog on acrylic paint and poster color differences.

Acrylic Paint And Poster Color Difference

Both acrylic and poster paints are water-based paints. The main acrylic paint and poster color difference is the ‘viscosity’ of the two. Other notable differences are:

  1. Moreover, as poster paints are water-based like watercolor just thicker in nature. On the other hand, acrylic paints have a plastic polymer base.
  2. Coming to the drying process, as both paints are water-based so it takes really less time to dry up as compared to any other paint.
  3. Acrylic paint can be utilized as thickly as oil paints or like watercolor whereas in contrast posters, paints have more even consistencies.
  4. You can use acrylic to paint on a different canvas, unlike poster paints that are used to paint on paper by children in schools.
  5. Lastly, you can easily remove poster paints after the application but it is absolutely impossible to remove acrylic paint from the painting surface right after it has dried up because it tends to be permanent paint and not a temporary one.

What Are The Poster Paints?

Poster paints are ready to use liquid paints that come in small glass bottle packaging, and typically require a different paint palette wherein you can blend the paint before applying it to the paper.

acrylic paint and poster color differencePoster paints arrive in an extremely wide range of hues, you can discover practically any shade you’re searching for, notwithstanding such fun completions like metallic, pearl, pastel or neon finish.

Poster colors are extraordinary for youngsters since they give a hazy completion, and are thicker than watercolors in their application, making them a pleasant source of painting for kids to explore.

Poster paints likewise take into account procedures, for example, twofold stacking, printmaking, or including surface, which can’t be accomplished with watercolors

They are additionally commonly very safe to use, nonpoisonous in a way that they can be easily utilized by youngsters as youthful as 3 years of age. They are water-based, which implies that you can utilize water to weaken the paint, lift it off the paper in case of any mishap.

On the off chance that your paint dries up in its container, it is also very inexpensive as you can purchase greater containers that’ll definitely end up saving you a few extra bucks!

One of the major issues with poster paint is that youngsters will in general waste a great deal of paint when left unaided. Youngsters will in general overestimate how much paint they will require for a painting or art project that they are working on and will pour excessively and discard the unused paint.

To evade this problem, however you would first be able to teach them to begin by spilling out little paint and afterward including more varying.

Additionally, you can generally conceal the extra paint palette with a cling wrap that you use to cover food. That will shield the paint from drying and you can utilize it sometime in the future for any other art project.

Not all brands have great inclusion. You may need to include another layer or blend the paint in with some glue to get a thicker surface with more inclusion.

What Are Acrylic Paints?

Acrylic paint is water-based and thicker in nature in contrast to poster paint, giving you more inclusion and a more gleaming, lustrous completion. Acrylic paint is known to be more of a professional paint which can be a great deal of fun for the professional painters.

acrylic paint and poster color differenceYou can apply all the methods you picked up utilizing poster paint to acrylic paint, and get a more reflexive, proficient looking product. Then again, one issue with acrylic paint is that it is significantly harder to wipe off the palette except if it is still wet.

When acrylic paint dries on a plastic palette, it turns out to be hard to eliminate and clean. In order to prevent this problem, you can either utilize disposable paper plates or clean your palette as quickly as possible. Once you complete the process of painting, the equivalent procedure applies to the brushes; they should be completely cleaned when you are done painting for better performance and to last long.

Acrylic paints additionally arrive in a wide assortment of hues, student grade (for learner painters), and a more expert craftsman grade. Liquitex is an incredible student grade brand of acrylic paint, which you can get in advantageous 75 ml tubes in an assortment of hues. Here’s a link to a Liquitex acrylic paint set I found on Amazon.

When purchasing acrylic paint, I generally encourage beginners to begin with the essential hues; blue, white, red, and yellow and figure out how to blend their own paints to make a new shade.

Acrylics are significantly more costly as compared to poster paint, so we exhort more experienced painters to utilize them. In any case, there will be a ton of squandered, costly material.

Acrylic paints are also water-based, so you can utilize water to thin them down, yet you can also utilize an exceptional medium for a similar reason that will give you a clearer completion.

What Surfaces Can You Paint On With Acrylic And Poster Paints?

We have discussed the key differences and other characteristics of both paints. Now the only query to be discussed is what surfaces can you paint on with acrylic and poster paints?

Mainly poster paints are used by toddlers or youngsters that are beginners at painting.

With reference to this, it is always advised for beginners to practice their painting skills on a piece of paper (most probably of 300 nm thickness). The explanation behind this is that it permits the water to keep steady over the paper for quite some time so that you can apply extraordinary, fun methods.

For acrylic and poster paint, you can utilize hefty paper (about 240 gm. or more) that can deal with the heaviness of the paint and the additional water that you added. You can also get your hands on a media sketchbook that will be incredible for various materials. A good example of a book for acrylic paints would be this.

On the other hand, you can purchase sketchbooks explicit for the media you like. Prior to putting resources into a costly canvas, you can give painting a shot on canvas paper, which you can get additionally get from a normal sketchbook.


I hope I have sufficiently elaborated the key differences and the additional points which would help you get started with acrylic or poster paints.

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