"As a newbie I am curious about the average drying time for acrylic paint ... I would like an idea before spending a lot of money on paint that will dry before I can use it. Once it is out of the tube, are we talking minutes, seconds, or hours before it becomes unusable?" -- RonIt's a bit like the question "How long does it take to finish a painting?" ... the answer is "It depends." It depends on how warm it is in your studio, how humid it is, how thick the paint is, how absorbent the surface if you're painting on, and it also depends what brand of paint you're using. (Read more...)
I personally love the fast-drying nature of acrylics, that it can be minutes before I can apply another glaze not a whole afternoon. Working wet-on-wet does require faster painting, faster decision making than with oils, but this also suits my tendency to be impatient.