Should I buy a kit, all single colors, or a kit plus a few single colors? I want Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic.

I found this recommended list online somewhere; however, I have also encountered suggestions to include Mars Black and Mixing White. I am a little concerned about the chemicals in the paints because I just read some articles (pro and con) about cadmium, etc. If you have thoughts on that, I would love to hear them. I might get the "hue" versions of those to begin with. Thanks.

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Hi Maria - I use mars black and titanium white, not mixing white.  I got a recommended list from my 1st painting teacher 3 years ago. but I've added colors as I wanted.  Recently, I bought the Liquitex Basics 48 color set so I could use a variety of colors before I bought any more bigger tubes.  There was some overlap with what I already had but the tubes in the set are small.  (I'd like to be able to purchase paint on-line and know what color I'll be getting.)  In hindsight I think a set would have been better for me at the beginning - maybe not so many colors.  I didn't keep track of the colors I already had and bought regular tubes of the same color - one color I use all the time and the other not at all. Heavy body is a good idea.  Also, pay attention to the translucency/opacity. In the end, if you are just starting, you budget may help you decide.  I shop the sales and use coupons!  Good Luck! Judy

It's difficult because the closest local store is Hobby Lobby and I have come to realize that all of the paint sets they have for sale are student quality acrylics. I really want to start with professional quality heavy body acrylics, so I am looking online, but having some difficulty in determining what is what. It gets a little overwhelming. 

Thanks for the input on the white. 

The Liquitex basics set is student quality paint. I looked at that initially. There are heavy body acrylic sets online, though.

I created a file to keep track of which supplies I already have; otherwise, I would definitely be buying the same thing twice. It can all run together after a bit.

There are Liquitex heavy body kits but they might not have the combination you are looking for. You may have to add to a kit anyway. A real art supply store may be a better choice if you can get to one. They often give deals for purchasing more. Don't forget you can always make your own black by mixing raw umber and ultramarine blue (you have to figure out the ratio on your own depending on the brand). In my acrylics classes I would get in trouble for using purchased black, lol. Like Maria I have never bought a mixing white but if you don't want the opaqueness of titanium white you could go for it. Good luck and enjoy your paints! 

PS. I am a toxicologist and I am not concerned about the cadmium. I do have a lot of hues but it is only because I don't have the money for the real deal. ;)



Barbara McEwen said:

There are Liquitex heavy body kits but they might not have the combination you are looking for. You may have to add to a kit anyway. A real art supply store may be a better choice if you can get to one. They often give deals for purchasing more. Don't forget you can always make your own black by mixing raw umber and ultramarine blue (you have to figure out the ratio on your own depending on the brand). In my acrylics classes I would get in trouble for using purchased black, lol. Like Maria I have never bought a mixing white but if you don't want the opaqueness of titanium white you could go for it. Good luck and enjoy your paints! 

I'd go for a set of smaller tubes so you can use the colors first.  The Basics set I have is not going to waste. I bought it on-line. I found my instructor's list of paint colors:

ACRYLIC PAINT:                                    Optional Colors:        

Titanium White                                                           

Cadmium Yellow Medium                                    Cadmium Yellow Light

Naphthol Crimson                                                Cadmium Red Light

Maganese Blue                                                    Mars Black

French Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade)                 Cobalt Blue

Yellow Ochre           

Burnt Sienna                       

"Look for the brands:  Interactive, Golden, Liquitex (heavy body), because these paints have a better consistency and quality for painting.  Also, most colors have the option of a “hue” instead of the real pigment.  If you want to save money, buy the HUE of the Cadmiums…etc."

Thanks for the tip about mixing black. I am pretty new to all this. I did not know that. 

Barbara McEwen said:

There are Liquitex heavy body kits but they might not have the combination you are looking for. You may have to add to a kit anyway. A real art supply store may be a better choice if you can get to one. They often give deals for purchasing more. Don't forget you can always make your own black by mixing raw umber and ultramarine blue (you have to figure out the ratio on your own depending on the brand). In my acrylics classes I would get in trouble for using purchased black, lol. Like Maria I have never bought a mixing white but if you don't want the opaqueness of titanium white you could go for it. Good luck and enjoy your paints! 

Thanks. :)

Barbara McEwen said:

PS. I am a toxicologist and I am not concerned about the cadmium. I do have a lot of hues but it is only because I don't have the money for the real deal. ;)



Barbara McEwen said:

There are Liquitex heavy body kits but they might not have the combination you are looking for. You may have to add to a kit anyway. A real art supply store may be a better choice if you can get to one. They often give deals for purchasing more. Don't forget you can always make your own black by mixing raw umber and ultramarine blue (you have to figure out the ratio on your own depending on the brand). In my acrylics classes I would get in trouble for using purchased black, lol. Like Maria I have never bought a mixing white but if you don't want the opaqueness of titanium white you could go for it. Good luck and enjoy your paints! 

Thanks for posting the list. :-)

Judy Lynn said:

I'd go for a set of smaller tubes so you can use the colors first.  The Basics set I have is not going to waste. I bought it on-line. I found my instructor's list of paint colors:

ACRYLIC PAINT:                                    Optional Colors:        

Titanium White                                                           

Cadmium Yellow Medium                                    Cadmium Yellow Light

Naphthol Crimson                                                Cadmium Red Light

Maganese Blue                                                    Mars Black

French Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade)                 Cobalt Blue

Yellow Ochre           

Burnt Sienna                       

"Look for the brands:  Interactive, Golden, Liquitex (heavy body), because these paints have a better consistency and quality for painting.  Also, most colors have the option of a “hue” instead of the real pigment.  If you want to save money, buy the HUE of the Cadmiums…etc."

I am looking at a web site called Jerry's Artarama. They offer a 25% off discount for registering with the site. So far, based on various people and other sources, I am considering: Cadmium orange hue, Mars black, Cadmium red medium hue, Burnt umber, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium yellow medium hue, Cadmium yellow light hue, Titanium white...and I liked the look of Yellow Orange Azo and Iridescent white; however, people keep mentioning phthalo blue and phthalo green -- and there seem to be variations of each of those available. How do I pick those?

You will need blues. At least you'll be able to mix greens if you want ;)

I'm not sure how to decide which variation of Phthalo Blue and which variation of Phthalo Green. There seem to be a few of each.

Judy Lynn said:

You will need blues. At least you'll be able to mix greens if you want ;)
I don't know why I didn't think of this before: http://www.art-is-fun.com/acrylic-paint/?rq=Beginner%20colors%20

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