An acrylic painting tutorial can help you become more comfortable with this medium. Acrylic paint has not always been seen favorably since its invention in the mid 20th century, although Hockney, Rothko and other prominent artists have embraced it. Acrylic paint is preferred by many artists as it’s easier to control its texture and consistency, and adding mediums to the paint can make it shimmer or dry faster. Acrylic paints are also water based, don’t emit gases and are actually safer to use than oil paints. Because acrylic paint dries fairly quickly, it means you can add additional layers of paint without having to wait too long. Acrylic paints also allow you to create a three dimensional or sculptural look, as the dry paint can be pulled, peeled and scraped to create different effects. It may be time to see for yourself just how versatile it is.