Best Acrylic Paint Brand

21 Best Acrylic Paint Brands for Beginners and Professional Artists

Best Acrylic Paint Brand

There are more than 40 brands who offer “high quality” acrylic paint, for sure, they will all make you feel like this is your right choice. However, not even all artist grade paints are really used by artists.

To choose the best acrylic paint brand for you, you need to know something about brand reputation, chech the reviews, but consider about 9 different factors affecting price and outcome, including colors, permanence, viscosity, etc.

My best paint brand overview will include the most popular student and artist grade paint:

  1. Golden Acrylics (3 options)
  2. Liquitex (3 options)
  3. Winsor & Newton (2 options)
  4. Blick acrylics (3 options)
  5. Utrecht acrylic paint
  6. Old Holland Acrylic Paint
  7. M. Graham Acrylics
  8. Chroma Atelier Interactive
  9. Holbein Acrylic Gouache
  10. Matisse Structure Formula Acrylics
  11. Daler Rowney
  1. Arteza
  2. Reeves
  3. Grumbacher Acrylic Paint Set
  4. Lascaux Acrylic Paint
  5. Amsterdam Expert Acrylic Paint
  6. Pebeo Vallejo Acrylic Paint
  7. Crafts 4 All Acrylic Paint Set
  8. Sennelier Artist Abstract
  9. Castle Art Supplies Acrylic Paint Set
  10. TriArt Liquid Acrylics

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BEST ACRYLIC PAINT BRANDS

Best acrylics paint for beginners overall - Liquitex Basics 

The cheapest acrylic paint set is Acrylic Paint Set by Crafts 4 ALL set of 24 colors ($16.99)

Best acrylic paint for pouring - Matisse Fluid Acrylic Paint

Best acrylic paint with longer open time - Golden Open Acrylic Paint 

Best acrylic paint for watercolor imitation - M. Graham Acrylics

Best acrylics for Pros - Golden, Liquitex, Chroma Atelier Interactive, Winsor & Newton Artists'. 

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Acrylic paint brandPrice
Golden Open Acrylic Paint, Traditional set of 6$24.63
Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paint, Principal Set of 6 Colors$43.53
Golden Fluid Acrylics Set of 8 colors$27.01
Liquitex Basics Set of 24$38.94
Liquitex Soft body Acrylic Paint set of 12$39.89
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics, Essential, Set of 12$39.89
Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint set of 10 colors$17.65
Winsor & Newton Professional Artist Paint$38.99
Blick Studio paint set of 24$35.05
Blick Artists’ paint set of 12 colors$36.95
Blickrylic paint basic colors set of 6 bottles 16 oz$32.82
Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Paint set of 6$36.54
Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic Paint$8.99 – $62.21
M. Graham Artists’ Acrylics$35.77
Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylic paint set of 12 + 4 mediums$48.99
Holbein Heavy Body Acrylics set of 5$43.89
Holbein Fluid acrylics$5.53 – $13.81 per bottle
Holbein Mat$19.95 – $36.50 per 110ml tube
Matisse Structure Formula Acrylics$8.70 – $34.29 per tube
Matisse Flow Formula$8.70 – $34.29 per tube
Matisse Fluid Acrylic Paint$10.69 – $40.35 per bottle
Daler-Rowney System 3 set of 10 tubes 22ml$30.80
Acrylic Premium Artist Paint, 22ml Tubes – Set of 60$46.99
Reeves Acrylic Paint 10ml Tubes, Set of 24$67.99
Grumbacher Academy Introductory Set, Set of 6 colors, 90 ml tubes$24.14
Lascaux Artist Acrylic Paint$11.13 – $85.50 per tube
Amsterdam Expert Acrylic Paint Set of 12 colors$30.94
Pebeo Extra-Fine Artist Acrylics$9.10 – $20.45
Acrylic Paint Set by Crafts 4 ALL set of 24$16.99
Sennelier Abstract Innovative Heavy Body Acrylic Paint$8.94 for 120 ml
Castle Art Supplies set of 48 22ml$37.99
Tri-Art High Viscosity Artist Acrylics$11.43 – $46.21 per 120 ml jar

Golden Acrylics

Golden is one of the most reputable, oldest and high-quality paint brand on the market. They offer a variety of supplies for painting, including paint and mediums.

3 main paint that you should consider from Golden are Golden Open Acrylics, Golden Heavy Body and Golden Fluid Acrylics.

Golden Open Acrylic Paint

Golden Open Acrylic Paint | $24.63 – $37.51

Golden Open Acrylic Paint has unique feature that NO acrylic paint has: they stay open (you can paint and they will be still wet) up to 1 hour! It is artist grade paint, great for plein air, can be used with natural bristles. Each tube has opacity mark and details about lightfastness.

Golden Open Acrylics have 3 types of paint set: Modern colors (sets of 6 or 8 tubes), Traditional colors (set of 6) and Landscape set (8 tubes + thinner). All colors can be also purchased individually (from $7.41).

Golden Open Acrylic Paint SetColors includedPrice
Traditional Colors6 colors: 0.75 oz (22 ml) tubes of Alizarin Crimson Hue, Indian Yellow Hue, Sap Green Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Van Dyke Brown Hue, and Titanium White.$24.63
Modern Colors6 colors: 0.75 oz (22 ml) tubes of Hansa Yellow Opaque, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Magenta, and Titanium White.$24.63
Modern Color Mixing8 colors: 0.75 oz (22 ml) tubes of Anthraquinone Blue, Benzimidazolone Yellow Light, Benzimidazolone Yellow Medium, Naphthol Red Light, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), and Quinacridone Magenta,
+ a 2 oz (59 ml) tube of Titanium White, a 1 oz bottle of thinner, and a color mixing guide.
$37.51
Landscape8 colors: 0.75 oz (22 ml) tubes of Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Manganese Blue Hue, Sap Green Hue, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre,
+ a 2 oz tube of Titanium White and a 1 oz bottle of Open Thinner.
$37.51

Golden Heavy Body

Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paints set of 6 | $43.53

Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paints also have artist grade with no added extenders, opacifiers, or additives. They are thick, opaque (each tube has a mark with opacity), smooth, and have buttery consistency.

Each color formulated in a different way based on pigment nature, and as the result, some colors will have matte finish, and some – glossy. Heavy Body paints are permanent and lightfast (why it is important read in the section below about How to pick the right paint).

Sold in sets and individually, I recommend buying on Blick as it is cheaper than Amazon. 1 tube can cost from $7.41, sets of 6 colors from $24.63.

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint

Golden Fluid Acrylics set of 8 | $27.01

For glazing, pouring, spraying, brushing, and staining fluid paint is the best choice. Golden Fluid Acrylics are permanent, vibrant, lightfast artist grade paint. They contain 100% pigment with no additives and are low in viscosity.

Instead of thinning Heavy body paint you can use Fluid paint for better flow and no brush strokes application.

Sold by pieces and in 2 sets: set of 8 colors ($27) and set of 10 colors ($44.79). Pricing per bottle start from $4.82.


Liquitex

Liquitex is another big art supplies brand which is widely popular among beginners. They offer a variety of paint: Liquitex Basics for beginners (student grade), Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paints, and Liquitex Professional Soft Body Acrylic Paint and Sets.

Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint

Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint set of 12 | $39.89

Heavy body are great for impasto or highly textured pieces, for artists who love to work with thick and heavy mediums on raw or primed surfaces. They are thick, heavy, high in intensity and pigment. Their open time is a bit longer.

Liquitex also offers Cadmium-Free Colors that are completely non-toxic.

A starter pack of 12 colors include all basic colors to try out Heavy body paint.

Liquitex Professional Soft Body Acrylic Paint and Sets

Liquitex Soft body Acrylic Paint | $39.89

Liquitex Soft body Acrylic Paint are fluid, with better flow, already thinned paint. They are good for pouring, glazing, spraying, decorative art and painting, even in watercolor technique. Soft Body acrylics are opaque, intense, high in pigment, fluid and creamy.

To ease the use, Soft Body have bottles with nozzles.

Liquitex Basics

$38.94 Set of 24 | $38.94

The Liquitex Basics are great student grade paint for beginners and artists on a budget. They are vibrant, contain high quality pigment, lightfast, easy to blend and dry to satin finish. They are thinner than Heavy body.

Liquitex Basics can be thinned to imitate watercolor, and also have fluorescent and metallic colors (which are less lightfast). Basics paints are UV resistant and water-resistant acrylics colors

Liquitex Basics Sets for beginners include 12, 24 36 or 48 colors. I recommend set of 24 colors – it is a bestseller and contain all needed colors.

For beginners.


Winsor & Newton Acrylic Paint

Winsor & Newton have student grade paint and sets – Winsor & Newton Galleria, and artist grade paint – Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic Paint.

Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint

Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint set of 10 | $17.65

Galeria Paint is great for beginners, offering good flow, smooth consistency, water-resistant when dry, and brilliant colors. Galeria sets are suitable for painting on all surfaces.

Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint set of 10 colors is a an affordable choice for those who are just starting painting.

For beginners.

Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic Paint

Winsor & Newton Professional paint is sold in Starter Set of 12 | $38.99

Artist grade paint with high intensity, high in pigments and color strength, deep in colors and with almost no shift from wet to dry.

Winsor & Newton Professional paint is sold in Starter Set of 12 Colors or individually in tubes and jars.

For advanced artists.


Blick Acrylic Paint

Blick is a popular art supply online store and also a brand of art supplies. They offer extremely good quality for a very wallet-friendly price.

Blick Acrylic paint with lowest grade are Blickrylic Student Acrylic Paint and Blick Studio paint, they also have artist grade paint – Blick Artists’ Acrylic Paint.

Blick Studio is a perfect choice for beginners of any age. They offer 60 colors, and the best option is to purchase a set of 24 colors. High pigment, thick consistency, permanent and non-yellowing paint will fit any non-oily surface.

Blickrylic Student Acrylic Paint is the most affordable in the line, as you can purchase 6 bottles of 16 oz each just for $32.82. They also have metallic and fluorescent colors. It is a great choice for teaching kids, experimenting and do some craft projects.

Blick Artists’ Acrylic Paint is the artist grade paint in Blick’s line. They are high in pigment and color saturation, high in viscosity, smooth, lightfast, thick and permanent. Blick sells set of Artists’ paint with tabletop easel or basic set of 6 or 12 colors.

More for beginners no matter what grade it is.


Utrecht acrylic paint

Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Paint set of 6 | $36.54

Utrecht is an American brand that offer student and artist grade paint. They manufactured paint for 50 years, and now they belong to Blick. The reputation and the quality were and still are well-known.

Student grade paint Utrecht Studio Series Acrylic Paint has no sets, which may not be really convenient for a beginner. Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic Paint are high quality, intense, rich colors coming in a variety of sets and individually. Utrecht Artists’ Acrylics are also available cadmium-free.

Available sets are: portrait, landscape, basic colors, and some sets with canvas pads and brushes included. I would recommend to buy sets for beginners or gift and individually for experienced artists.

May be expensive for beginners. More for beginners.


Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic Paint

Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic Paint | $8.99 – $62.21 depending on size

Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic Paint is an artist grade paint created by one of the oldest manufacturer, that is known for oil, watercolor and acrylic supplies.

Old Holland Acrylic may be pricey, but they offer high quality: color strength and adhesion, high pigment, no dry color shift, variety of applicable techniques: from thin glazing to textured and impasto techniques. Available for purchase only individually in tubes and jars.

Both for beginners and advanced artists.


M. Graham Acrylic Paint

M. Graham set of 6 | $35.77

M. Graham Artists’ Acrylics is an American brand of highly pigmented acrylics free of additives. You can buy it in set of 6 colors or individually (sometimes cheaper on Amazon than on Blick).

Vibrant and strong colors can be used for watercolor imitation technique too while diluted with water.

  • M. Graham Artists’ Acrylics have 50 colors available.
  • Each color has its own opacity and lightfastness, read the labels or official website before buying.
  • Pure acrylic emulsion containing 60% solids.
  • Working properties similar to gouache.
  • Longer working time, up to 1 hour as the official website promises.

Precaution: Not for children under 13.


Chroma Atelier Interactive

Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylic paint | $48.99

Atelier Interactive has a unique concept of working with acrylics: they offer you to buy a set of paint and special mediums that will allow you to work with Atelier acrylics as regular acrylics or as Open Acrylics.

Painting directly with Atelier acrylics you work normally, with a fast-drying paint. Adding Unlocking formula to the paint, you’ll get new paint that stays open up to 1 hour. Using Clear Painting Medium you’ll get thinned paint.

Better for experienced artists.

  • great for plein air, watercolor technique, blending
  • have longer open time
  • the set includes Slow medium, fast medium, unlocking formula & mist sprayer, and 12 colors.
Some cons:
  • you can only buy a set with all mediums even if you don’t need them
  • not really suitable for glazing
  • less permanent and less lighfast.

For advanced artists.


Holbein Acrylics

Holbein Heavy Body Acrylics set of 5 | $43.89 
Holbein Fluid acrylics | $5.53 - $13.81 per bottle
Holbein Mat | $19.95 - $36.50 per 110ml tube

The Holbein manufacturer introduced their own formula of acrylic paint, similar to oil, in 2013. Apart from Acrylic gouache, Holbein also offer regular acrylics: Heavy Body, Fluid and Mat.

  • Holbein Heavy Body acrylic paint offers 113 color palette, has a bit longer open time, vivid colors and brushstrokes free (as manufacturer promises). Choose primary set of 5 colors or purchase individually.
  • Holbein Fluid acrylics are low-viscosity, fluid and vibrant paint. The color range contains 60 colors. Additives free, lightfast, durable. Sold only individually on Blick.
  • Holbein Mat Acrylics dry to a matte finish. 36 high-pigmented colors are available to buy only individually on Blick.
  • Holbein Acrylic gouache works as watercolor and gouache with matte finish and opaque colors. Color chart includes up to 100 colors.

I think they are quite pricey comparing to other well known brands. Artists choose Holbein for gouache and watercolor more than for their acrylic paint.

For beginners.


Matisse Acrylics

Matisse Structure Formula Acrylics | $8.70 - $34.29 per tube
Matisse Flow Formula | $8.70 - $34.29 per tube
Matisse Fluid Acrylic Paint | $10.69 - $40.35 per bottle

Derivan Matisse produced world-first student grade acrylic in the 1960s and since then they are creating non-toxic, high quality acrylic paint, even for face and body painting. All mentioned paints are artist grade.

Matisse offers 3 acrylic paint individually and in sets:

  • Matisse Structure Formula Acrylics for textured work, impasto and thick application. Archival, vivid, with Excellent lightfastness, Structure formula acrylics are available in 95 regular colors and 5 metallic colors. Sold only individually.
  • Matisse Flow Formula is sold individually per tubes in 95 colors. It is a lightfast, low viscosity and low sheen paint. Great for painting, especially photo realism and fine details.
  • Matisse Fluid Acrylic Paint is available in 40 colors. They are dark, lightfast, low viscosity paint for glazing, airbrushing, pouring.

For beginners.


Daler Rowney Acrylic paint

Daler-Rowney System 3 set of 10 tubes 22ml | $30.80

Daler Rowney is a British brand, its main acrylic sets are Cryla Acrylic Paint and System 3, the last one is more popular.

  • Daler-Rowney System 3 offers sets of heavy body or medium body acrylics. Intro set of 10 colors can be a great and affordable choice for a beginner. This paint is lightfast, permanent, fast-drying, with good covering properties. It is student grade paint. The full range includes 53 colors.

Not for Pro artists.


Arteza Acrylics

Acrylic Premium Artist Paint, 22ml Tubes - Set of 60 | $46.99 with free shipping

Arteza is a huge art supplies store and manufacturer, as Blick, they are actually competitors. Arteza has a big crowd of fans and it’s totally understandable! They offer a variety of paint sets and supplies for beginners on a budget.

You can purchase any set on their official website, the bestseller is the full set of 60 colors! They are high in pigment, high viscosity, non-toxic, fade-resistant, easy to clean and suitable for a variety of surfaces.

Not for Pro artists. Good for beginners.


Reeves

Reeves Acrylic Paint 10ml Tubes, Set of 24 | $67.99

Reeves acrylic paint is student grade acrylic paint, perfect for children. No need to buy it individually, better to opt for a full set of 24 colors.

Even if they are student grade, the paint offers nice and vibrant pigments, good covering properties, easy to use and clean. It is great for first time painting, this painting was made with Reeves paint in couple of hours:

Not for Pro artists.


Grumbacher Acrylic Paint

Grumbacher Academy Introductory Set, Set of 6 colors, 90 ml tubes | $24.14

Grumbacher Academy is student grade acrylic paint for beginners. Offering decent quality, it stays affordable – an introductory set will cost you only $24.14. You can also buy any color you need individually.

Be aware, that this brand use cadmiums in paint. Paint colors are lightfast, consistent, opaque, and highly adhesive.

Not for Professional artists.


Lascaux acrylic paint

Lascaux Artist Acrylic Paint | $11.13 - $85.50

Lascaux Artist Acrylic Paint is an artist grade heavy body acrylic paint. This paint is permanent, highly pigmented, thick and lightfast. Water resistant when dry, and have a nice satin finish. Each tube is hand painted to showcase the pigment and its opacity.

For beginners and pros (mostly used by beginners). They can be purchased only individually.

More for beginners.

Here is a video made by Blick to demonstrate Lascaux paint:


Amsterdam Expert Acrylic Paint

Amsterdam Expert Acrylic Paint Set of 12 colors | $30.94

Amsterdam Expert Acrylic Paint is a professional, artist grade, heavy body paint with high pigment concentration, high viscosity and excellent lighfastness. The color range includes 70 non-fading colors. This paint has no additives in it, which means it is 100% binder + pigment.

Drying time = 30 min. which makes the paint regular fast-drying acrylic paint. You can easily buy it online in set or individually. Even if it artist grade paint, I don’t really know pros who use this paint, they usually choose other brands.

More for beginners.


Pebeo Acrylic Paint

Pebeo Extra-Fine Artist Acrylics | $9.10 - $20.45

Pebeo Extra-Fine Artist Acrylics are heavy body professional acrylic paint in 79 colors. They are all high viscosity, offer great adhesion and satin sheen, permanent, non-yellowing and easy to apply.

  • Precaution: they still have a light shift between wet and dry. Remember that acrylics tend to dry darker.
  • Only Extra-Fine line is artist grade.

To sell only individually, as most pro lines do. Not really popular among artists.

More for beginners.


Crafts 4 All Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint Set by Crafts 4 ALL set of 24 | $16.99

Crafts 4 ALL is a good and cheap choice for a beginner. It is student grade acrylic paint, but still offers nice colors, buttery consistency, high pigment concentration and works on different smooth surfaces. Crafts 4 All acrylics dry to a satin finish.

This paint is toxic-free, good for children, easy to use and clean, and fast-drying. It is extremely cheap, but the set also includes brushes.

Not for professional artists, not for large projects.


Sennelier Acrylic Paint

Sennelier Abstract Innovative Heavy Body Acrylic Paint | $8.94 for 120 ml

Sennelier is well known for their original package for Sennelier Abstract Acrylic paint. Sennelier Abstract Innovative Heavy Body Acrylic Paint is sold in nice big and cheap pouches ($8.94 for 120 ml), which are transparent and you can see the real color and how much paint you have.

Sennelier acrylics are highly pigmented, strong, heavy body (may seem softer than other heavy bodies), opaque and lightfast. Also available in Matte set

Great for blending, mixing colors, painting and glazing for beginners.

Not for pro artists.


Castle Art Supplies Acrylic Paint Set

Castle Art Supplies set of 48 22ml | $37.99

Castle Acrylics are very popular on Amazon – more than 2500 positive reviews resulting in 4,5 as average rating. It is a great choice for a beginner, children and a gift.

Small tubes will be good choice to start and paint some small or medium paintings, but won’t be enough for large pieces. Paint is not supposed to be sold individually in larger tubes or jars, as it is more craft and student grade paint than a medium for pros.

It still offers vibrant colors, smooth application, easy layering and fast-drying properties. No need to study mixing theory as you have 48 colors!

Not for professional artists.


TriArt Acrylics

Tri-Art High Viscosity Artist Acrylics | $11.43 - $46.21 per 120 ml jar.

TriArt sells several acrylic for diverse purposes: Tri-Art High Viscosity Artist Acrylics, Fluid acrylics and student grade acrylic paint.

Tri-Art High Viscosity Artist Acrylics is a heavy body professional paint sold individually in jars. Great for impasto and textured application, 100% acrylic emulsion with no additives is permanent and lightfast. UV and water-resistant.

More for beginners.


How to pick the best acrylic paint

When choosing the acrylic paint consider these key factors: colors, paint grade (quality), permanence, viscosity, opacity, drying and hue.

Color or Hue

If you’re a beginner, start with 6 to 10 basic colors and learn mixing. Or purchase big sets of 24/36 colors to directly paint without mixing colors. Different acrylic paints have different levels of saturation. Highly-saturated paints will produce more vivid colors.

To find out about color saturation, try swatches, ask for color chart and experiment.

Basic Color Palette

Quality grade

Acrylic paints exist in 2 main grades:

  • professional (or artist) – contains more pigment, tend to be more opaque, thicker, even in application
  • student quality – less pigment, lower quality, but cheaper.

To start student grade will work, but improving your skills, upgrade your paint too. Usually, student quality paint will be marked as Student or Studio. Artist grade as Artists’ or Professional.

Lightfastness

Lightfastness, measures how much the color will fade over years, how resistant paint is to the light exposure. Usually, acrylic paint is high in lightfastness over time and all manufacturer will mention it.

To learn about lightfastness read carefully the label. There are 2 types of classification: ASTM, Blue Wool or a manufacturer can have its own way to rate lightfastness:

LightfastnessASMTBlue Wool
Excellent lightfastnessI7, 8
Very good lightfastnessII6
Fair lightfastnessIII4, 5
Poor lightfastnessIV2, 3
Very poor lightfastnessV1

Permanence

The permanence of paint shows how the paint will act over time, how it will age, how permanent the pigment is. This property can also include lightfastness. This factor is to consider for professionals.

Most acrylics are highly permanent, and the manufacturer will mention it on the label or on the website. Here is Winsor & Newton permanence scale for reference:

PermanenceLabel mark
Extremely permanentAA
PermanentA
Moderately durableB
FugitiveC

Viscosity

Viscosity in simple terms is how thick or thin the paint is. Acrylics usually have 2 main forms:

  • heavy body – thick, high viscosity, for textured techniques or painting, similar to oil, good to use with palette knife.
  • soft body or fluid paint – thin and creamy, low viscosity, – for pouring, glazing, painting and decorative art.

Heavy body can be thinned with special mediums, or water, to become more fluid and improve the flow. Read here more about it and how to thin acrylics.

Opacity

Opacity shows how transparent or opaque the paint is, how the paint interacts with light: reflects it or lets it go through. This property fully depends on paint composition and the pigment itself, as some of them are naturally more or less opaque.

Opaque and semi-opaque pigments:

  • Lemon Yellow Hue,
  • Chrome Yellow Hue,
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale,
  • Cadmium Yellow,
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep,
  • Cadmium Orange,
  • Scarlet Lake,
  • Cadmium Red,
  • Cadmium Red Deep,
  • Cerulean Blue,
  • Cobalt Blue,
  • Naples Yellow,
  • Yellow Ochre,
  • Chrome Green,
  • Indian Red,
  • Burnt Umber,
  • Vandyke Brown,
  • Payne’s grey,
  • Ivory Black,
  • Lamp Black and
  • Titanium White.

Transparent and semi-transparent pigments:

  • Permanent Rose,
  • Permanent Crimson,
  • Alizarin crimson,
  • Dioxazine blue,
  • Ultramarine,
  • Pthalo blue,
  • Prussian blue,
  • Viridian Green,
  • Terre Verte,
  • Sap Green,
  • Burnt Sienna,
  • Raw Sienna and
  • Raw Umber. 

If you want to make your paint more opaque, try one of my 7 tricks.

The finish of the paint

In general, finish can be glossy, matte or satin. It depends not only on brand, but on the specific pigment too.

Most of acrylics dry to a satin or glossy finish. Acrylic gouache dries to a matte finish.

Binder contents

Primary acrylic paint is a pigment and a binder (it is a very general description), but sometimes manufacturer can add other additives like extenders, stabilisers, opacifiers and mediums to change some specific properties (make dry slower, make more opaque, etc.).

If there are too many different additives, it means there is less pigment in the paint, and the colors will be dull. Read carefully the label.

Drying time

Acrylic paint is fast-drying, it means it will dry to touch and no longer be workable in 5-20 min depending on the brand. Here is the list of brands and their drying time with the full (comprehensive) explanation of acrylic paint drying process.

Considering it, if you are ok with this timing, go for any brand you like, If you’re working in some special environment or with particular project and you need more time, choose paint with longer open time (up to 60 min), there are only 1-2 options, honestly – Golden Open Acrylics and Atelier Interactive.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is acrylic paint toxic?

Historically, acrylic paint was toxic, but now all acrylics I mentioned are non-toxic. However, some colors may contain heavy metals, read carefully the label. Ex., some brands will mention that they are Cadmium-free.

Even being non-toxic regular acrylic paint is not meant to be on your skin, face or body. Choose special paint for body and face painting, please.

Is acrylic paint waterproof?

Acrylic paint that artists use is water-based and water-soluble. Once it dries it becomes water-resistant but not waterproof.

Every painting should be protected with varnish or protective finish to guarantee its long life. To learn more about 5-step protection, check this post.

On what surfaces can I use Acrylic paint?

Acrylics are versatile, you can use them on any porous surfaces, like canvas, paper, wood, or with due preparation, on some non-porous like glass and plastic. The full list of 11 surfaces to paint on waits you here.

Every surface should be primed and prepared for painting. Here is how you prime wood, here is how you prime canvas.

How long it takes for acrylic paint to dry?

Usually, it takes about 10 to 30 minutes, but it depends on paint composition, brand and the environment you’re working. Here is comprehensive explanation of acrylic paint drying process and timing.

If you want to make acrylic paint dry faster, consider these 5 methods.

If you want to make acrylic paint dry slower, use one of these 15 ways to do it.


If you now ready to start painting on canvas, follow this step by step guide with full supplies list to create your first beautiful painting.