ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Acrylic vs Oil Paint - The Main Differences

Acrylic vs Oil Paint - The Main Differences

What is the difference between Acrylic and Oil Paints | Drying Time | Solvent or Water | Lightfastness | Flexibility | Thick or Thin Layers - Acrylic vs Oil Paint

Before heading into the acrylic vs oil paint discussion, you might want to have a look at our previous Toolkit article - Color Meditation - Meditative Painting With Watercolor. It's filled with fun and relaxing meditation exercises using watercolor that you can easily do everyday. Let the soothing flow of water and pigment sooth your mind and soul.


What is the difference between Acrylic and Oil Paints?
Do you like your paints to dry fast or slow?
Solvent vs Water - Acrylic or Oil Paint
Lightfastness - Oil Paint vs Acrylic
Flexibility - Acrylic Painting vs Oil Painting
Do you like to work in thin layers or thick layers?

What is the difference between Acrylic and Oil Paints?

Feeling stuck not knowing how to start your painting journey? So many ideas you want to unleash on the canvas but don't know how to choose between oil paint vs acrylic? Visiting an art store to have a look around without really knowing exactly what you want can be quite an overwhelming experience. You might even end up buying things you don't end up using. I feel you, there are just so many options out there! 

To help you come to a decision or at least have a better understanding of which one is better suited for you, I'll be talking about the main differences between the two regular types of acrylic and oil. We don't have to do a deep dive into the modern water-mixable oils, quick-drying oils, or more experimental acrylics just yet. Let's study the basics for starters. 

Do you like your paints to dry fast or slow?

Acrylics dry quickly and oils slowly. The first thing you want to ask yourself is if you like to work with paint that dries quickly or if you prefer one that you can take your time with and work on for hours without the fear of drying too soon. When choosing between acrylic or oil paint, this is the very first thing to consider especially if you're just starting to explore them.

Acrylic Drying Time

The ability to dry quickly is one of the good things about acrylic, an evenly applied layer can be dry in minutes! This makes it a very adaptable medium that you can easily use on paper, boards, canvases, wood panels, on countless other surfaces really. It dries pretty fast that you can easily pile on layer after layer in a short amount of time.

But that quick drying feature can also be a setback if you suddenly get interrupted or can't finish a painting that you originally planned to when you started out. Imagine that you have squeezed out some paint and are happily painting away, then you get cut mid-painting by something or other, by the time you get back the paint is already dry - well that was fast!

There are ways to extend the drying time if you want to avoid wasting your paint. You can either add a paint retarder to it, spray your palette with water, or in my case use a stay wet palette.

This is my stay wet palette. It comes with a sponge that you can wet and acrylic palette paper to layer on top. Your paint will be made to stay wet longer with this method. With the lid closed, it creates an airtight seal that keeps it moist and extends the drying time of the acrylic paints.
Oil Drying Time

It's the complete opposite with oil paints, it stays wet longer and dries at a much, much slower time. When you're done for the day, you can leave your palette with just minor storing practices and be confident that when you come back the following day it will still be wet. The paint will still be usable and will still be wet enough to be perfectly blendable. 

Another difference between oil and acrylic paint is that oil requires a properly prepared and primed canvas or surface. Otherwise the oil (usually linseed oil) in the paints will get absorbed and leave the paint on the surface too dry and prone to cracking. If you want to hasten the drying time, you can thin down your mixture with solvent - this is great for the first two to three layers. The upper layers should contain more oil, keep in mind the fat over lean rule.

Oil paints featured here are from the Portrait Palette of our ZenART Infinity Series Oil Palettes. And the Oil Paint Brushes are from the Renoir Collection.

Solvent vs Water - Acrylic or Oil Paint

Oil paint vs acrylic that's water based is another deciding factor for many artists. Are you willing to go through the more time consuming cleaning process when painting in oil in exchange for the longer drying time? Or would you prefer the fast drying but easier to clean acrylic paints? Find out the advantages and disadvantages of each one below.

Acrylic and Water

You only need water to dilute or rinse off your acrylic paint brushes. Then water and soap (preferably something mild and moisturizing or a specially formulated brush cleaner soap) for a deeper cleaning later on. This makes it a less messier medium to use or clean up after. Water also evaporates quickly which is one of the main reasons why acrylics dry fast.

A large jar of water for diluting your acrylic paint and for rinsing your Acrylic Paint brushes in. Brush shown in the photo is from the Black Tulip brush set of ZenART Supplies.
Oil and Solvents

Traditionally, solvents such as turpentine, white spirits, and other thinners are used to dilute and or rinse off oil paint from brushes. These solvents give out vapors that can be harmful to your health with prolonged exposure. Generally, it's a good idea to have a well-ventilated working space whether using acrylic or oil paint. But it's especially important when working with strong solvents.

Nowadays we are lucky to have odorless mineral spirits, and other non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives that you can use as diluents and brush cleaners. There's no longer any need to breathe in those headache inducing fumes! You can also use walnut oil ala Rembrandt to clean your oil paint brushes. And similar to acrylics, use soap for a deeper cleaning.

A selection of oils, oil and solvent mixtures, an eco-friendly oil painting medium, and dilutant.

Lightfastness - Oil Paint vs Acrylic

The capacity of the pigment found in paint to be resistant to fading when exposed to light is called lightfastness or sometimes also referred to as permanence. The colors that fade, change, or darken over time are called fugitive colors. 

In the acrylic vs oil paint comparison, there are pigments that are more lightfast or permanent compared to others. So it's best to check the lightfastness rating found on the tube or jar so you'll be using or buying. That way, you'll end up with paints that will stand the test of time. You'll see one of the ratings shown below:

Acrylic Lightfastness

The binder used in acrylic paints is acrylic polymer, it's been thoroughly tested and shows that it won't yellow over time. Though aim for a lighter mix when painting, once it dries the binder that's used is usually white when wet. But it will turn transparent when it dries. This will cause colors to deepen when they dry. The colors you see in a fully dry acrylic painting now will be almost the same colors people will see a hundred or so years from now. 

All this information can usually be found at the back of the paint tube.
Oil Lightfastness

With oils, the colors you see when you mix are what will more or less come out when they dry. This is one difference between acrylic and oil paint to carefully consider, they both have their own pros and cons. There won't be as much color shifting compared to acrylics. However, there are times where "sinking in" may happen - when the layer you painted becomes dull, matte, and loses its saturation. This happens because the oil has been absorbed by the canvas or the layer underneath it. You can help deal with this problem by oiling out or by adding a layer of medium such as a retouch varnish. 

Also, be prepared for some more yellowing to occur over the course of time. Since the oil in the oil paints will go through oxidation and cause additional yellowing. Poppy oil and walnut oil yellow less over time compared to linseed oil, but poppy oil takes longer to dry. Walnut oil's drying time is faster than poppy but still slower than linseed oil.

Besides the Lightfastness rating, you can also find the Opacity level of each color in the same area. Oil paints shown are from the Impressionist Palette and Portrait Palette of the Infinity Series Oil Palettes from ZenART Supplies.
color mixing guide

Flexibility - Acrylic Painting vs Oil Painting

If you're looking for a medium that you can experiment a lot with, then acrylic is the easier choice. But if you're looking for a more traditional style of painting, then go for oils.

Acrylic Flexibility

Once it dries, acrylic is considered to be fairly flexible. If you've peeled off dried up acrylic paint from your palette (I love doing this, haha!), there's some stretch to it if you pull it apart. And so, it's a medium that's more forgiving when it comes to choosing your supports. You can use a canvas, on paper, on wood, and on other more experimental ones. Acrylic is also great for experimenting, mixing in modern mediums, and does well in mixed media settings.

A close look at the quite popular acrylic pouring painting technique. The paint is diluted with water or pouring mediums, and with other additives to give certain effects.
Oil Flexibility

When oil paints dry, they become hard and even brittle. So that's why you need to use stable supports that have been properly primed or sized, or have been manufactured specifically for oils such as oil pads. Otherwise the oil will seep into the support and will leave the pigment on the surface dull and flakey. Oil though has been around for centuries, the oldest known oil painting dates from 650 AD. Its manner of flexibility lies in the fact that it gives you a longer working time if the working pace that you prefer is slower. It may seem a traditional medium, but it also has been modernized in many ways.

A beautifully vibrant and textured floral oil painting by ZenART Supplies' Co-founder, Ardak Kassenova. You can follow her on Instagram @ardak_zenart.

Do you like to work in thin layers or thick layers?

If you want to paint thick layers and want them to dry fast, then acrylic is a good choice. But if you want to work in thick layers that you can still touch and work on for the next few days, then go for oil.

Acrylic Layers

Yet another significant difference between acrylic and oil paint that will affect your working time. Since acrylic dries fast, painting in thick layers is much easier as you don't need to wait long for thick layers to fully dry. So you can do a lot of impasto layers on top of each other without worrying too much about the layers underneath if you're in a hurry. Provided that you allow them to dry in the short amount of time they need to of course. 

You can use acrylic like watercolor, thinned out on paper. I also use it in thin, translucent or transparent glazes especially when painting skin. Though you have to find your sweet mixing spots over time. It maintains its flexibility even when thinned down.

A layering of thick on thick acrylic paint. It can be done while still wet or on top of another dry layers, as even thick layers dry pretty quickly - just an hour or two.
Oil Layers

You can also paint thick layers in oil, but it requires some time, knowledge of the different drying times of your pigments, and the mediums you can add that speed up the drying time. 

Different oils have different drying times, so you must keep that in mind. Each pigment has its own drying time, some dry faster such as the cobalts and the natural earthy pigments. While some take longer to dry like the blacks, titanium white, and the cadmiums especially the reds. So take that into consideration when underpainting or painting your layers. There are oil drying agents or mediums that you can also use to speed up the drying process.

This painting titled "Wheatfield with Crows" by Vincent van Gogh (1980), is considered to be one of his greatest works according to critics. His paintings are well-known for the thick and expressive brushstrokes he loved to paint with.

I know there's so much to take into account when deciding between acrylic vs oil paint. Armed with the right knowledge, you'll get to properly weigh the pros and cons of each one. You'll be more confident in deciding which one you prefer, or maybe even do both - why not? Or if you're still trying to figure that out, try them both and see which one you enjoy the most. Just take your time, explore, and most importantly - have fun!

We'd love to hear back from you!

Which of the two, acrylic and oil paint, have you tried painting with already? Which one are you looking to try out for the first time? Or if you've painted with both, which one did you find easier to use? Let us know what you think, we'd love to hear back from you. Feel free to leave a comment, and we'll be happy to answer any comments and queries you have.

Now that you've just ventured into the properties of oil and acrylic paint, why not learn how to properly clean and care for your brushes when oil painting. Find it here - How To Clean Oil Paint Brushes. Until then, have a great time exploring the difference between acrylic and oil paint!




Kathleen is the Wordsmith at ZenART, resident artist and art editor. When God sent a shower of talents, Kathleen made sure she got a basketful of them! She's a visual artist with practical knowledge on various fields from painting and sculpture, to costume and set design which comes in very handy when writing about various art techniques and theories. She also shares her passion for the arts through teaching. She runs her own brand of handmade wirework jewelry designs.

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