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Acrylic Paint


Acrylic paints are a synthetic media made by suspending pigment in synthetic polymer emulsified by water. They are watersoluble, very stable, and have good adhesive qualities. They resist oxidation and chemical decomposition, and will not yellow over time.


Fluid Acrylics — also called flow or soft body acrylics — have a lower viscosity but generally have the same heavy pigmentation as heavy body acrylics. Available in both artist- and student-grade, there's a fluid acrylic for every artist and budget. These self-leveling paints are good for pouring techniques, watercolor techniques, airbrush application, or when smooth coverage is desired. Mix fluid acrylics with mediums to thicken them for impasto work or to thin them for glazing applications.


Student Acrylics have working characteristics similar to professional-grade acrylics, but with lower pigment concentrations and a smaller range of colors. More expensive pigments are generally replicated by hues.


Acrylic Gouache is like traditional gouache in that dries to a matte finish and is opaque. However, unlike traditional gouache, the acrylic binder in the acrylic gouache makes it water resistant once dry. Like craft acrylics, it will stick to a variety of surfaces other than canvas and paper. This paint is typically used by watercolorists, cartoonists, illustrators, and artists using decorative or folk art techniques.


Our Swatch and Pigment guide provides details on our individually-painted color swatches and where to locate pigment information.


Find a wide range of acrylic paint for a variety of applications, from artist-quality acrylic paint to student-grade acrylics, plus heavy body acrylics, fluid acrylics, and acrylic craft paint.