Acrylic Paint is one of the most popular painting mediums in the world. Its exclusive characteristics make it one of the most versatile products in art and it can be used by virtually anyone – beginner or advanced, young or old. It is water-soluble when wet, but water resistant when dry, is fast drying and produces vibrant brilliant colours. The leading art manufacturers like Winsor and Newton, Daler Rowney and Liquitex all produce great ranges of well known acrylic paints such as System 3, Cryla and and Galeria. Available in many sizes from a 60ml tube, to a 500ml pot, and a fair few in-between acrylic paint is fast becoming a favourite to many artists.
With a large range of acrylics to choose from, a starting point can get confusing. The main differences between acrylics is the pigment. "Student" style acrylics, such as System 3 or Galeria are fantastic value for money with a good colour range at very reasonable prices. They are ideal when a high volume of paint is required or you are new to acrylics and want a good quality paint to use. You will often find this type of Acrylic Paint in schools and colleges, particularly at GCSE and A Level due to its good quality and affordable price. High end "Artists" style acrylics, such as Cryla by Daler Rowney or Professional Acrylic from Winsor and Newton have the highest quality pigments and a much larger colour range. Some also feature longer drying times, true pigments, and even "zero colour shift" where there is no change in appearance from wet to dry. Overall the choice comes down to personal preference, but if you are still unsure - the sets on offer are always great value with a decent range of colours to get you started in this extremely versatile world of paint.
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