If you are a painter, or you are thinking about picking it up as a Sunday afternoon hobby, there are a few things that you should know when considering buying a new paint set. An artist is only as good as the tools that they use, and when considering paintbrushes, canvas and other instruments remember that the quality of paint that you use can really impact the final outcome of the product. Although only two of the vast number of products available on the market are being reviewed, it is a good example that when buying a paint set, price is an indicator of quality.
TYPES OF PAINTS
There are many ways that you can buy a new paint set. You can purchase one at a local craft store, department store, hardware store or online. There are pros and cons to each, including being able to see the product in person before you buy it versus having a larger selection to choose from during your shopping experience. Regardless of how you purchase your paints, remember quality is a factor.
If you are new at painting, chances are you don’t want to spend a lot of money in the initial investment until you really decide if it is for you. The Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paint Set is available at most retailers and it is less than eight dollars for a (12) .4 oz tubes.
If you are more experienced, a product like the Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paint Set may be a little more your game, if you are willing to spend nearly $100 if you want the same quantity as the cheaper competitor above.
Huge price difference, so what is the difference in quality?
A new painter will not know exactly what to look for when purchasing their first paints. They are learning to master the skills needed to paint in various ways, therefore consistency isn’t a huge factor when purchasing paints at first. The Daler-Rowney set has a runny consistency, as if the paint has been sitting for some time….and it is a little more difficult to mix within the tube. When you squeeze it out onto the pallet, it requires more work to get the feel that you want- and even then the paint is a lot thinner.
Liquitex is thick in consistency, which makes it nice for a professional artist because they are able to control how much paint they want using specific techniques. Liquitex can be watered down into a nice glaze, unlike cheaper paints that never quite come out the way that you want.
Liquitex definitely surpasses Daler-Rowney in pigmentation. The colors look bright on the outside and are not the same when on the canvas with the cheaper product. Liquitex was extremely easy to blend, and really gave the color output needed when applying it to the canvas. It stayed true over time as tubes went unused, and the color looked great on canvas a year later.
Daler-Rowney however did not have a great color selection and the colors as stated above, were dull and not what was expected. The pigments just didn’t have the same pop as the competitor. Over time, the colors seemed to dull on the completed product and it also chipped very easily.
Every artist knows that they will look like an artist at the end of the day if they had fun. Wash-ability is a worry for some artists (especially those with children) and acrylic paint is not known to be one of the friendliest to scrub off walls, tables or clothing.
This is one example where cheaper is better. If you are seeking a paint that is more washable, the Daler-Rowney is by far the product that you want to use. It wasn’t completely washable, but you can get the product off of your furniture and clothing with a little elbow grease. This is great also, because when painting on a canvas, you may wish to wipe away and cleanse a canvas if the start of it does not come out the way that you had planned. It easily wipes away off a canvas and can be easily covered ass well.
If you have children, make sure they do not get into the Liquitex, It is a thick acrylic paint that does not come out very easily, even with persistent scrubbing. It is an excellent paint, but be ready to wear it to the office on your hands the next few days. The pros of this are that it stays on the canvas while blending and isn’t easily impacted by water.
GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
It is true that you get what you pay for. You can go to your local department store and get an inexpensive paint set for yourself as a gift. However, it is imperative that you consider the price when purchasing your first set. If you plan on doing a lot of painting, both products will be used at the same rate- so cost may play a factor in how much you are wanting to spend.
Liquitex is extremely expensive. Paying nearly $100 in some stores is great if you are Van Gogh, but many starving artists can afford to pay this kind of money for a 12 pack of .4 oz bottles at their local craft store. Daler-Rowney is available at most retailers, and is great for the artist who goes though a large amount of paint who doesn’t need a higher quality medium. This is also a great savings if you are just using acrylics for a base of a painting or project, not just the detail.
STAY IN THE MIDDLE
If you are unsure of what kind of paint you need, stay somewhere in the middle of these two brands. Unless you are a child or a complete novice, you don’t need to completely skimp out by purchasing Daler-Rowney paints.
If you are making big bucks from your work and you are in a need of high quality paints, Liquitex is the best brand around for the cost. If you aren’t sure where you lay on the painter’s spectrum, go somewhere in the middle cost wise and test products to see which ones may be the best for you.