Water-mixable oils or acrylic paints?

My friend has very sweetly requested that I paint her a picture for her birthday. Although, I haven’t really painted in a while, which I warned her about, she still wants me to go ahead. Usually I paint in acrylic paint, it’s quick drying, which suits the way I work and it’s water soluble. None of this confusing fat over lean business either. However, the finish of acrylic, when layered, can be a little, well, plasticy. So, I did a little research and discovered water-mixable oils – they sound amazing but do I take the risk of using a new medium? I don’t want to use oils as I have to paint in my flat and I don’t want to fill the place with stinky fumes. My plea to you is this – have you tried water-mixable oils? Would you recommend them before I dive into the deep end and paint with something I’m a little nervous about using?


Update: I went with acrylic. I picked the brain of the shop assistant in Cass Art and decided to stick with what I know, especially seeing as the pigments in Liquitex paints are so good. I’ll leave the experimenting for another day.

2 thoughts on “Water-mixable oils or acrylic paints?

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