We supply fine quality acrylics to budding and professional artists all over Australia. Catering for all budgets with everything from the most elite to the most affordable brands, we stock Golden (USA), Atelier, Matisse, Mont Marte, Chromacryl to name just a few. Looking for paint accessories? We have those too.
Types of acrylic paint
Professional Acrylic paint: Offers the highest pigment load and usually the largest colour range, no fillers matting agents of opacifiers are added to the paints that ensure little to no colour shift between wet & dry they also offer the most vibrant colours, and characteristics that can vary noticeably from colours including transparency, staining capacity, tinting strength and drying times. Brands to look for include:
Artist paint: Artist paint ranges include a little less pigment in the mixture and may contain some fillers but are usually made using very similar processes as professional paint. The characteristics of each pigment are maintained but with less intensity than the professional paints and may result in colour mixing not having the same clarity. Brands to look for include:
- Mont Marte Dimension
- Chroma A2
- Jo Sonjas
Student acrylics: Offers less coverage of paint than the artist ranges due to a lower pigment load and the addition of fillers. However this comes at a more affordable price point. Nevertheless, they are a fantastic option for teachers, students and hobby painters. Brands to look out for include:
Heavy body acrylics: Formulated to have an exceptionally smooth, thick texture this buttery paint offers a similar consistency to oil paints. Palette knife and brush strokes are retained once dry, making it the perfect paint for traditional art techniques as well as bold brushstrokes and blending. Brands to look out for include:
- Matisse Structure
- Golden Heavy Bodied
- Mont Marte Dimension
Fluid acrylics: Fully pigmented paint that flows from the brush more easily and can be used for pouring, puddling, drip and staining. Many artists believe they are actually stronger than the heavy body colours due to their greater leveling. Thinning fluid acrylics with water is much easier than thicker heavy body acrylics. Brands to look out for include:
- Golden Fluid
- Matisse Flow
- Matisse Fluid
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What is acrylic paint used for?
Acrylic paint is a widely used medium for painting on a variety of surfaces, from canvas to wood, metal, fabrics and ceramics.
Is acrylic paint waterproof?
Although water-soluble, once dry, acrylic paint is somewhat water-resistant. However, a coat of acrylic paint should not be considered a water-proof layer. To protect your creation from water damage, especially if it is likely to be outside, you will need to apply a protective coating of varnish or other sealant over the top.
What is acrylic paint?
The basic raw material components of acrylic paint are pigment and binder. Pigment is used in powder form. Binder, available as liquid acrylic polymer emulsion or a gel, gives the paints their adhesive qualities. The quality of paint relies on its pigment-to-binder ratio. This ratio determines colour strength, colour shift from wet to dry and surface sheen.
Acrylic paints and mediums dry relatively quickly due to the evaporation of water. Their colour also retains excellent flexibility when dry, greatly diminishing the possibility of cracking that can occur in natural and other synthetic paints. When mixed with water, or mediums to reduce surface tension, acrylics can be used for staining or watercolour techniques.
Is acrylic paint beginner friendly?
Absolutely! The acrylic medium is considered to be the easiest paint to work with and it dries very quickly. Acrylics are used widely in schools and beginner art classes for this very reason.