Can you mix acrylic paint with wall paint? You bet you can! Mixing a little acrylic into some house paints is a great way to customize your colors to get the look that you want in or on your house. You will want to use fluid acrylics, however, and keep track of the amounts that you’ve added if you want to reproduce that exact color.
In today’s article, I’ll talk a little more about the subject so that you can experiment with this on your own. We’ll also touch on whether or not you can mix acrylic with emulsion and go into the differences between the paints so that you have a little better understanding.
Let’s talk about acrylic alchemy experiments with house paints!
What happens when you mix acrylic paint with latex paint?
Latex paint is a great medium for adding acrylics. That’s because when you get right down to it, latex paint is basically a specialized acrylic in itself. You do need to use fluid acrylics, however, or you are going to have a problem.
When you mix standard acrylics instead of the fluid variety, then you have a problem with uneven dryings. Moisture in certain patches of painted areas can cause your paint to dry unevenly and then you get undesirable effects.
Fluid acrylics are less common than standard acrylics and they cost a little more, but once you get some then modifying your housepaint is a breeze. You just need to add a few tablespoons of water to your paint, then mix it up thoroughly to ensure that’s it’s softened up a bit and is thus ready to receive your acrylic paints.
Add in the amount of acrylic that you’d like. Be careful with it, as it’s easy to add paint but much harder to soften up a color once you have. Keep track of the amounts that you use so that you can reproduce the color later if you need to and you are golden! You’ve officially customized your own house paint with household acrylics!
Can I mix acrylic paint with emulsion?
Yes! If you are painting something like a mural then a fun little trick is to color up your emulsion. Just get yourself some inexpensive white emulsion to use as a base and then you can go to town. Try different acrylic colors to see which what you can mix up. You can produce some pretty amazing colors this way and get the look of more expensive paints out there with just your acrylics and a little bit of patience.
If you need to thin it out, you can add some water to your emulsion – just make sure that you don’t go over a 50/50 ratio or it’s going to be too thin to use. Give this little experiment a try on your own and see what you think, colored emulsion is a whole lot of fun!
Is there a difference between latex and acrylic paint?
While most acrylics are water-based, latex paint is more so, so the biggest difference in the two paints is how they are made. Acrylic paints are basically made from acrylic resins and pigments which are suspended in a chemical base.
Latex paints, by contract, are generally acrylic resins and pigments in more of a water-based. Despite the ‘latex’ in the name, latex paints don’t actually have rubber in them. These paints, just like acrylics, rather tend to coat in a manner similar to rubber. With latex paints, this is accomplished by the means of polyvinyl or plastic acrylic resins which are added into the paint in order to help it to stick to the surface that you are painting.
These two paints are quite close in composition, however, and so they are very much compatible for mixing, provided that you go with fluid acrylics instead of the more common variety.
Some final words on mixing acrylic and latex paints
So, you want to mix acrylic paint with wall paint? You can and should try this. Acrylic paint and wall paint actually mix quite well, just be sure to go with fluid acrylics so that your paint will dry evenly without giving you any nasty surprises.
Be sure to keep track of your mixtures if you want to able to reproduce a color later. A notebook is ideal, just in case you need to reproduce the new color a few years down the line. You can also mix acrylic with emulsion paints and you’ll get a great look in the bargain.
While we’re on the subject of mixing acrylics, I’ve found an article that tells you how to mix acrylic paint with chalk paint and you may view it at this 3rd party site here. It’s a fun little experiment and so I hope that you enjoy it!