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The Best Brands of Acrylic Paints

Updated on February 12, 2011

The Best Brands of Acrylic Paints

Choosing the right brand of acrylic paint is an important decision. You want to select quality paints that will allow your painting to stand out. Most of the time, more expensive paints indicate higher quality. Some quality paints that I recommend and that you might consider include:

Winsor and Newton Acrylics

This brand of paint offers many advantages. One of the advantages is that it offers a longer working time (stays wet longer). To lock in more moisture, you can also consider periodically spray the paint with water or mix the paints with gel medium. Windsor and Newton also has the advantage of minimal changes from wet to dry. This means that the hue or color of the wet paint does not change drastically when it becomes dry. The color does not dramatically deepen or darken when dry. Another advantage of W&N Acrylics is that it offers a sheer, sleek, satiny finish.

Golden Artist Color Heavy Body

This brand of paints offers quality paints with a wide range of color selection. The paint is smooth and butter-like. It glazes easily and dries quickly.


This brand offers quality paint with a “sticky”, buttery feel. The paint can easily stick to a palette knife.

M. Graham and Company

This brand stays wet for a long time (up to a half an hour or so). The colors can easily blend together. Also, the colors are so strong, vibrant and rich that sometimes you feel like you are oil painting.

Golden’s Open Acrylics

This brand of paint can stay wet for an hour. In addition, it offers a long blending time. The colors are deeply saturated. However, there is not a wide selection of colors to choose from.

Atelier Interactive

This brand of paint offers a long blending time. They stay wet longer and don’t form a skin as they dry. They also offer a wide range of colors (you can choose from 75 types).

Matisse Structure Formula

This brand of paint offers unique colors to choose from. It offers a soft, buttery finish. These paints are also water soluble, making them easier to clean-up and reduces the need to use chemicals that may create harmful fumes.


This brand of paint offers a fast drying time. The advantage of a fast drying time is that you can apply many layers of paint in a short amount of time. Fast drying time also allows you to use glazing and layering techniques when using acrylics. The layers of paint easily bind to one another very well because of their good adhesive qualities.

Reaper Paint Series

This brand of paint goes on smooth and sleek. It is great for glazing and highlighting. In addition, it has a slower drying time.




References: 12 Best Brands of Acrylic Paints

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