Watercolor Paints:

Watercolor paint is usually the paint that most artists start out with when they begin painting. Watercolors are almost always used on watercolor paper because compared to the other paints, they are fairly thin. The strange thing about watercolors is that they can come in two different forms. The first is the dry watercolor. As shown in the picture on the left, this kind of watercolor is already in a palette. What you do is simply use a brush to add water to the paints(add more water if you want it to be thinner) and then just begin coating the paper.


Acrylic Paint :

Acrylic paint is considered to be the "intermediate" type of paint. In comparison to the other paints, acrylic is usually the cheapest and is usually sold in larger quantities. Acrylic paint is thicker than watercolor so it is not usually used on paper, but rather on stretched canvas, or sometimes on wood. Thought it is water-based, it is not as easily tinted as watercolor. To make a color lighter, you can use some water, but also some white paint. Acrylic paint is fairly easy to remove from brushes and palettes and also from clothes. However, be careful, because like any paint, it can stain some surfaces.


Oil Paints :

Oil paints are usually the most expensive of the three types of paints for a few reasons. The obvious one is that they are oil based, and not water-based like watercolors and acrylic. Usually, professional painters are the ones to most often use oil paints. Like acrylic, oil paints are almost always used on either canvas or wood. Because they are oil based, they cannot be mixed with water to get a lighter tint of the color. You must use white to create tints. Oil paints are also difficult to remove from brushes and paint palettes using water, so I recommend turnpenoid which is odorless turpentine. Turnpenoid also helps get rid of stains on clothing.

Another thing about oil paints is that they take quite a long time to dry, especially if you paint them on thickly.