But I've noticed that a lot of students get really frustrated that they can't just quickly and easily transition between the different types of paint. The techniques used for one just might not work with another and will require some time to get familiar with. Different mediums require different skills and even temperaments I'd say. Are you a patient person? Watercolors or oils for you. Short attention span? Go for acrylics. Do you truly believe that you are working on a masterpiece that will stand the test of time? Fresco that thing onto the wall! It is just REALLY hard to be REALLY good at EVERYthing but I def wouldn't let any particular artmaking medium scare you off. That's the joy in art!
Paint is basically some kind of pigment (what gives it color, manmade or natural stuff) plus a binder (what holds it all together and makes it stick to the surface).
When it comes to different types of paint, there are all kinds of directions you could take. Different brands produce different results, companies label their colors slightly differently, if you don't like a particular finish you can add matte/gloss mediums or modeling paste to change it up. The possibilities are endless!
I tried to come up with a basic breakdown of the different kinds of paint used a lot in artmaking and listed them from "MOST easily cleaned up with water" to "break out the heavy artillery to get me off your table"......
Watercolor (gum arabic binder, dries fast and matte, lighten colors with water)
Encaustic (pigment + wax)
Fresco (pigment + plaster)
Casein (pigment + milk)
The best way to get familiar with the world of painting is to just jump in and start experimenting. Some general good advice is to start in the background and work your way forward and start with the broader areas and work your way into details. The more you use something, the more you'll learn what it does best and how you can push it! Please let me know what you discover!