Choosing a brand of acrylic paints
Reader Question: Are Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics good for a beginner or should I go for artist quality paints of some other brands like Galeria, Golden or Grumbacher?
I am new to the brands and painting mediums in the US so I'm unable to decide what to buy. I have worked with oils, watercolors and some student quality acrylics earlier using brands not available in US. Couple you please suggest what to buy?
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The Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics that you mention are a very good brand, so yes, I can definitely recommend them for both beginners and professionals. Liquitex is one of my favorite brands of acrylics and I use them often to create my acrylic paintings.
My other favorite brand of acrylics is Golden, which is one of the brands that you mentioned. I use Golden brand and Liquitex brand acrylic paints almost exclusively. Both brands of acrylics have excellent consistency and coverage.
Winsor & Newton also makes good, artist quality acrylic paints. I have a tube or two of the Winsor & Newton Artists' Acrylics and I've found them to be of good, reliable quality as well.
Winsor & Newton also creates a more fluid Galeria line of acrylics, as you mentioned. I haven't tried this range myself, because they are thinner and I generally prefer thicker acrylics. They are listed as professional quality paints, however, so you might consider trying them.
Grumbacher is a student quality paint, which typically contain less pigment and more binder. To be honest I once bought a tube of Grumbacher Academy Acrylic Paint in Alizarin Crimson at the university art store when I was a student and needed crimson for a class, and it doesn't compare to Liquitex or Golden. However, it gets great reviews on Blick, which probably makes it a good option for beginners on a budget.
If you want to use Artists' Quality paint, but can't afford Golden or Liquitex, I'd recommend Blick Artists' Acrylics, Amsterdam Expert Series Acrylics, and Daler-Rowney Cryla Artists' Acrylics, all of which have tubes starting at $3.25 each.
If that's still above your budget or, as a beginner, you think you'll be fine with Students' Quality paint, you can try Liquitex Basics Acrylic Colors or the aforementioned Grumbacher Academy Acrylics, both of which get great reviews on Blick.