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A Brief History of Acrylics

History of Acrylics

Compared to oils and watercolors, which have been used for many centuries, acrylic paint is a relatively new material. Its predecessor, acrylic resin, was invented in 1934 by chemist Otto Röhm.

The new substance eventually made its way into various paint applications, including latex paints for home exteriors and interiors. By the mid-50s, art manufacturers had caught on, and water-based acrylic paints became available for use by artists all over the globe.

Since then, acrylic paint has seen continuous innovation, with brands producing new colors, finishes, and mediums year after year. Today, artists can use acrylic markers for mess-free painting; or an iridescent medium to give projects a pearlescent sheen. The creative possibilities are endless!

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