Oil painting can provide lush surfaces and a fusion of tones or color in which makes it unique among fluid painting mediums. At the same time, satisfactory linear treatment and crisp effects are easily obtained: opaque, transparent, and translucent painting all lie within its range, and it is unsurpassed for textural variation. Depending on the drying medium used, a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying can be achieved. Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints.
Acrylic paint is water-based, fast-drying paint widely used by artists since the 1960s. Acrylics can be used in thick, heavy layers or thin washes on most surfaces and become water-resistant when dry. Additives can also be used to provide matte or gloss finishes. Because of its versatility, and the fact it dries quickly, it has become a popular painting medium and is widely used by artists today.
Artists' paint made with a water-soluble binder such as gum arabic, and thinned with water rather than oil, giving a transparent color. Watercolors create translucent layers of color on paper. Historians believe that watercolor painting has been around since Paleolithic cave paintings, but it was during the Renaissance that watercolors gained popularity as an artistic medium.