• My Guide: What Acrylic Paint For Which Technique?

I think there are a vast array of paints on the market and I thought I’d share with you my experience with certain brands/types of acrylic paints. This will include a few thoughts of what they are like to work with and the final effect you could anticipate.

This is my opinion only and has not been endorsed by the brands named.


1) Daler Rowney Standard Paints

I have used these paints for 20+ years and are the corner stone of my paint supplies. They offer you a huge range of colours, are perfect for beginners, easy to dilute to work with the paint in a watercolour/ wet on wet technique. I use System 3 Daler Rowney paint as they have a great effect to layer up washes of colour, like you see in watercolour paint techniques.

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2) Pebeo

I have recently accidentally discovered Pebeo high viscosity acrylic paints, having run out of copper paint . I love the silky and textural way it holds palette knife marks and offers a slight translucency in colours such as the neon choices.

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3) Heavy Body Daler Rowney System 3

 I mainly use Daler Rowney paints. Daler Rowney also do a 3D paint but it is thicker and has a strange plastic look. The Pebeo high viscosity has a better finish and has a great final effect.

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4) Reeves

Student paints are thinner and I find the pigmentation/colour is not as good. Recently, another paint that I have found has interesting glossy finish due to the resin content in the paint mix. Reeves has created beautiful, high pigment paints since 1766. Their drawback is they are very washy coloured if extra water is added to them.

Reeves Official text:

Reeves Fine Artist Quality Acrylic Colours have a high pigment concentration to give excellent light fastness and strong vibrant colours. Reeves acrylic paints offer outstanding coverage. The superior acrylic resin used guarantees excellent adhesion and a free flowing consistency. You will enjoy different ways to use Reeves acrylics, straight from the tube to create impasto effects and build volume like oil colour, or diluted with water to execute watercolor or poster colour techniques.” 


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5) Liquetex

I have worked with these paints and they have a silky effect, yet strong when dry, with an exquisitely high pigment quality.

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6) Acrylic Paint Pens

I have tested a gold and silver version. Great to add lines, to highlight/ low lights and sign your work with. I find them restrictive and hard to paint with, as they bypass paint brushes and only offer a set width during application. Possible use could be to sign artworks by using the black pen, as normal pens are never advised to be used to sign your work as the ink often rub off or look messy.

7) Golden Acrylic

I have not tried this paint, but aim to give them a go.

8) Winsor Newton Acrylic 

As always, Winsor Newton paints have an extremely high pigment/ colour quality and are beautiful to work with. Highly recommended.

9) Jacquard Lumiere Light Body Acrylic Paint:

This is something I have only very recently discovered and it is a beautiful paint, though a little bit more expensive. The paintings high viscosity and pigment quality add a really beautiful depth to your work. The additional aspect is that this paint is made for all surfaces: canvas, textiles and clay. Perfect!

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What techniques do you often use when working with acrylic paint?

As I mentioned above, I sometimes water mine down for washes which I build up layer by layer. I use a selection of plastic pots, add a dab of Daler Rowney System 3 and cover the paint with 1-2cm of water, depending on how thin you need the paint to be.

What do the watercolour or wet-on-wet techniques look like in your artworks:

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Are there any additional mediums you can combine with acrylic paint?

I have used Liquitex mediums for around 10+ years, with natural sand and glass beads as my two favorites. They add a new dimension to you paintings, so give them a try.


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