A popular medium for artists of all levels would defiantly be acrylic paint. I would say this derives from the ease of use, the wide range of colors available and ultimately the fast drying time not to mention the cleanup only requires moderate effort. Because of the versatile nature of acrylics they work well on a variety of surfaces too, including canvas, wood, metal, ceramics and fabric. When you are in the market for acrylic paints please be aware that there are two product grades. Acrylics come in artist/professional quality and student. Professional grade acrylics typically have a much higher concentration of pigment, smoother consistency, and overall a better lightfastness (a measure of how well they resist fading), but they are considerably more expensive. You will also want to consider the consistency of paint you need—heavy body acrylics have a thick, buttery consistency that retain the artist's brushstrokes, while fluid acrylics are thinner and better suited for detail work, or watercolor techniques. Here, in my savvy opinion are the (3) best acrylic paint brands to shop for.
Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics
If you’re looking for acrylic paints that can create the same effects as oil paints, you should consider the Golden Heavy Body line. This brand is known for its thick consistency, which retains brushstrokes, or palette knife marks something I strive for in my style of painting.
These professional-quality paints are incredibly pigmented with no fillers, or extenders added, and they are both permanent and lightfast.
However, because there are no additives in the formula, different colors will have slightly different finishes—some are glossy, while others are more matte. There are dozens of colors to choose from in containers ranging from .75-ounce tubes to 1-gallon jars. If you are seeking a thick and vibrant paint go with Golden Heavy Body Acrylics.
Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paint
Another popular heavy body acrylic brand is Liquitex, which comes in an impressive 93 colors. This professional-quality acrylic paint has a smooth, creamy consistency with good surface drag, and it also has an “increased open time,” which simply means that they take slightly longer to dry.
Heavy Body Liquitex Acrylic Paints have a satin finish, and they’re non-yellowing and UV-resistant when dry. The colors are bright and permanent, and I would say they provide better coverage than some of the other cheaper brands available. It should be noted though, that these acrylics are on the more expensive side, starting between $8-10 for a 4-ounce tube.
Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylics
If you are anything like me, it probably bothers you when you are painting and after you have finished a session you start to notice a slightly different color from when the paint was wet vs. when it is dry. If that's the case, you will want to check out the Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylics. These premium artist-quality paints are made with a transparent binder that virtually eliminates color shift as the paints dry, helping artists to achieve more precise, predictable results.
These acrylic paints are made with maximum-strength pigments to deliver clean, strong colors, and they’re known for their brilliance. Available in more then 70 shades, and available in 2-ounce tubes, and in my opinion Winsor & Newton acrylics are the A-list of acrylic paints for their reliable and consistent smooth pigments.
Depending on tube size, they range in price from $7-40 per tube so they are defiantly on the expensive side when it comes to paint.
Well, there you have my top three choices when it comes to professional grade acrylic paints. In my next post; I will discuss my favorite professional grade canvas and how and where I buy them at discount in order to save. .
Until next time, be creative and think outside the "box."