What’s the difference​ between different Brands of Acrylic Paint?

Author: Art Shed Tom  Date Posted:24 April 2016 

Step one to choosing your acrylic paints is decide on what kind of quality of paint you will buy.

As you would have noticed walking into an art supply store, there are so many different brands and types of acrylic paints. It can be overwhelming, particularly if you are just starting to find your way with painting. The following blog post is a guide to the different varieties of acrylic paint – keep in mind though, selecting paint is a personal process dependent on the kind of painting application and style you are hoping to achieve, and it also comes down to personal preference – I have learnt over the years to make up my own mind about which paints and brands I prefer, and this to my mind is the best way to find what works for you! If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch with us sales@artshedonline.com.au

Step one to choosing your acrylic paints is decide on what kind of quality of paint you will buy. This step can also be applied to other types of paint like Oil and Water colour.

Generally there are two grades of paint – Artists Quality and Student Quality. The major difference between these types of paint is that the higher quality will usually have a higher concentration of pigment – making them more expensive, but also making the colours more pure, permanent and noticeably cleaner to mix between colours. Student Quality paints should not be ignored though! These paints are often just as consistent to use as their expensive rivals, generally made using the same pigments just in lesser quantities making the tubes more affordable. The best thing to do is just try them and see what you think. Don’t let your teacher tell you to buy the top quality budget breaking brands when you are just starting out – go with a mid-range paint until you get the feel for it and you can graduate to the top quality stuff.

Below are some of the Acrylics that we have and use at Art Shed and I have covered some of their unique qualities and what sets them apart from one another.


Mont Marte Dimension Acrylic

Dimension Acrylics are a high viscosity fine art paint which are great for a range of applications, predominantly when used thick they retain body and texture. While the affordable price might lead you to think this is a low grade paint, this is in fact not true. Mont Marte Dimension acrylics are produced to meet all testing standards for Artists quality paints and have very high lightfastness ratings. Since the arrival of this paint we have seen many professional painters switching over from the more expensive brands as they find Dimensions to give a comparable result.

Mont Marte Satin (Silver Series) Acrylic

In terms of affordability and quality these paints are also on par with the Dimensions, also meeting standards of an Artists quality paint, but produced to be affordable. This paint dries to have a more satin finish and has a smooth and flowing consistency.

Atelier Interactive Atelier Interactive has the consistency and pigment quality of a higher end Artist quality paint. It’s key difference that sets it apart from other Acrylics is it’s unique formulation that allows the painter to keep the paint open for extended period of time, allowing for blending and workability. This is in fact the first Acrylic to allow for ‘Controlled Drying Techniques’ allowing the longer open times with the simple addition of water spritzed on the surface of the paint.

Atelier Free Flow

Another Professional quality acrylic with unique characteristics and maximum pigment load. Atelier Free Flow sets the benchmark for quality fluid acrylics. This is a fluid and vivid acrylic that dries to a velvet matte finish. Use it stand alone for any acrylic painting techniques, such as underlying washes, fine detail or over painting – also great for fluid pouring techniques.

Liquitex Heavy Body

Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paint also referred to as High Viscosity paint, has a thick consistency for traditional art techniques using brushes or knives, as well as for experimental, mixed media, collage and printmaking applications. Impasto applications retain crisp brush stroke and knife marks. This paint has a higher pigment load that most other heavy bodied acrylics giving you richer and clean mixing colours.


Comments (4)

Which is better????

I am currently using A2 acrylics, but in my search at home for something in the art room I came across some Chromacryl paints. My question is which one is the better one for a student and hobbyist???

Hi! Thanks for your question. The Chromacryl paints are fantastic for both students and hobbyists alike as they come in an economical 2L size, which is great while learning and exploring with acrylic paint. Feel free to reach out to our team at customerservice@artshedonline.com.au if you have any more questions or queries. :)

Performance of ‘entry level’ paints

I’m wondering if anyone has tried the Monte Marte Satin Acrylics on plastic miniatures & could offer some reviews? I’m very new to the hobby, as in don’t own any paints or brushes yet, and I’m looking for an entry point into the hobby. I’m reluctant to buy a starter kit from someone like Vellajo or Citadel etc as I’m not sure that I have the talent to warrant using those paints. I’ve found a few different paints that are at an affordable price but wondering if the results will differ significantly between them. I’m tossing up the following brands: Monte Marte Satin Acrylic Monte Marte Dimension Reno Art Acrylics Anko Paints Appreciate any/all responses to my query.

Monte Marte Dimension Acrylics work for me

I have just started doing fluid painting and by chance I I picked Monte Marte for my paints and the results are amazing, the colours stay true and mix really well together. I only wish the Dimension range did more metallic choices like a metallic black for example, otherwise I love this brand they hold there shape when I do dot painting and hold their colour when I mix with my fluid medium for acrylic pour painting. Please check out my Facebook page Art Crazy Kingston to see my results, you won’t regret using them.

Hi Sara, Thanks for your comments. We totally agree with you. The Mont Marte acrylic paint range is fantastic to use for so many different application including fluid art. I really like the Satin Acrylic they make, they have a bit more flow to them and have really great pigmentation.

Dimension Acrylics definitely worth consideration

Years ago, I bought Monte Marte watercolour paper and was disappointed with the poor quality. The result being that I avoided this brand. Recently I bought Dimension Acrylics, because there are so many brands available, why not try them all? I like Dimension Acrylics. The quality is good, I have mixed them with others and find they work well. I am not a profession artist, have a limited budget and these fit in well.

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