Acrylic Paint Brand Comparison: Golden vs. Liquitex vs. Blicks | LittleArtTalks

Hi everyone and welcome to Little Art Talks!
My name is Karin and today I am going to test out four different types of paint and see how
they each apply. The first one I have here is the Blick
Studio Acrylic and this is the Student Grade Paint and this is the only Student Grade we have
here today. The other three are going to be Artist Grade paints. So I have the Artist Grade
counterpart which is also by Blick and this is called the
Blick Artist Acrylic. Next I have the Golden Artist color
which is the most expensive paint we have here today, and then we have Liquitex Professional Heavy Body. As you can see I made a little prop
just to see how they apply. If I were to rank these paints from thinnest to thickest, I
would say Blick Student Grade paint, Blick Artist Grade paint, Golden Artist color, and then finally Liquitex Heavy Body. This is definitely the
thickest of the four. Here are some clips of the paint straight out the tube and I am mushing them around so you can see
the consistency. The Blick Studio paint is very smooth, but it does not hold
its shape. The Blick Artist paint holds its shape a little
better. It is thicker and has a bit more body to it. You can see when I stir a certain area the
rest of it is not really moving. The Golden paint is even thicker. At the same time it is
very soft and buttery. Liquitex is definitely the thickest
of the four. Just look at that peak and how it holds up its shape. To test the opacity of these paints, I drew a line with a ball point pen, and then painted a
single layer of these paints on top of it. Now some colors
are inherently more transparent but this is just to see if I could
achieve even and opaque appearance with one layer. I found out
the Liquitex was the only one that was thick enough to cover up the line
completely. Pigment load refers to the concentration
of pigment. I tested this out by mixing each of the
colors with a white paint and seeing how they are. A paint
with a lower pigment load or concentration will tend to turn white really easily and become more duller while a high pigment load will retain its original color a little better. I
found that the two Blick colors turned white really easily so it had less
influence when mixing where as Golden and Liquitex retain
their original color much better. Golden in particular was much darker so I suspect that it has the highest
pigment load. As you can see pretty much all my
observations became pretty evident when I started painting. Now just looking at one layer of paint on
this canvas board we can see how the Blick Student Grade was more patchy. Some spots were more opaque while others
were more transparent. Because the coverage is lower you can see any lighter or darker colors
showing through underneath. The Blick Artist had a slightly better opacity. It still shows color underneath
but it is more even. I found that the Golden paint
applied very evenly. It was very smooth and I needed less
paint to cover a certain area. I found that it was
perfect and two coats whereas the first two might need several coats. As shown before the Liquitex is very
opaque and thick. The only thing is that I found the formula to be more dry which forced me to use more paint as
opposed to Golden. Finally I want to touch on color
shifting. As I mentioned in previous videos acrylic paints will dry to a darker
finish. So this can be a little tricky if you are
not familiar with that specific brand and that specific paint because they all vary. So I wanted to see
how much color shift these four paints have. From most color shifting to least color
shifting was Blick Studio Grade, Liquitex, Blick Artist and then Golden. So Golden
changed the least in color from wet to dry paint.
As I said in my last video I think you should buy within your budget and within your needs.
After that you can start expanding into Artist grade paints and dabbling in different
brands. Personally I really love the feel of the
Golden Artist paints. They are really rich and apply really
smoothly but if you are a person who likes you
have really thick paintings with impasto or working
with a palette knife then you may want to consider trying
out Liquitex. As you become more familiar with each of these paints, you will notice that each color has their own quirks even within a certain brand. And
there is no harm in mixing brands either. So go ahead and pick up a small tube of
something new and you might I just find yourself a new favorite. Thanks so much for
watching. I am curious to hear what your favorite brand of paint is, or if any of the brands I showed today
look appealing to you. If you live in an area that does not carry these brands, what brands are in stock near you? I would love to hear in the comment
section below. If you have not already you might want to
check out my last video on comparing the differences between cheap Student Grade paint or expensive Artists Grade paint. Especially
if you live in an area that does not carry the brands I showed you today it will have a lot of great tips to help
you shop within different brands as well. See you next time!


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