Acrylic paint is a synthetic, man-made product of modern science. The colored pigments are essentially the same as in those found in oils, however, the vehicle is a transparent acrylic polymer.
Acrylics are an extraordinarily versatile media. They can be used on almost any surface and will dry to be waterproof in only minutes. Use them to create lushly textured impastos or subtle watercolor-like effects. They clean up easily with water and require no toxic or noxious solvents. Colors will not yellow with age.