Many painters use layers of color to achieve rich, nuanced textures and effects, but waiting for the paint to dry can be a pain. Hair dryers are often used to speed the process, and they actutally make great tools for that purpose. (It’s curious that that they don’t have dedicated corollaries in the art tool world, but no matter.) While hair dryers can be used on virtually all paint, they’re best for water-based media like watercolors, gouache, and acrylics. Acrylics are famously fast-drying, but hair dryers are indispensable tools in acrylic pours. In shopping for a dryer for your studio, look for—at minimum—multiple heat and speed settings and helpful accessories (such as concentrators), all of which are found in our top choices. Read on to find the perfect fit for your work.
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