Basics Acrylic Fluid Color


A metallic warm gold. Semi-opaque, the color gives an iridescent lustre resembling that of burnished gold metal

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Cadmium Yellow Light Hue
Primary Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
Vivid Red Orange
Cadmium Orange Hue
Cadmium Red Medium Hue
Naphthol Crimson
Size: 4oz/118ml

The flowing everyday acrylic. Super versatile. Made with fine art pigments. Everyday acrylic color with a fluid, flowing consistency. Straight from the bottle. This new viscosity will expand your toolkit and give new ways to work. Fully compatible with your other Liquitex acrylics, the palette of 48 vibrant satin colors is made with the same high-quality artists pigments we always use. Ultra versatility with superb application. All with a permanent, water-resistant finish when dry.

  • Fluid Viscosity
  • Fine art pigments
  • Highly Versatile
  • Compatible and designed to work alongside other Liquitex acrylics
  • No dilution needed
  • All painting techniques
  • Fine detail
  • Covering Large Areas
  • Pouring, splattering and stippling
  • Sketching and underpainting
  • Collage & mixed media


Item #887452056218
Series: 2
Opacity: custom payments Semi-Opaque
Lightfastness: Not ASTM rated
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All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified in the ACMI certification program.

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Lightfastness | How long will it resist fading?

  • Each pigment is rated on scale by the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM). Liquitex paints are all rated ASTM I (excellent) or II (very good) and considered permanent and lightfast for 50-100+ years in gallery conditions. Our metallic and fluorescent colors are naturally less lightfast.

Opacity/Transparency | We communicate opacity/transparency clearly on our packaging based on three categories:

  • Opaque: these colors do not allow light to pass through the color layer and offer the best coverage or hiding power.
  • Semi-opaque: these allow for some light to pass through the color layer and sit between opaque and transparent colors
  • Transparent: these colors offer the least coverage and allow light to pass through the color layer to the surface below.
  • Series:
    Pigments come from a variety of sources and have different prices according to their rarity, processing and milling costs. We group our colors into a 'series' pricing structure according to how much each one takes to make. Series 1 colors contain the most inexpensive pigments, while Series 4 and 5 color contain the most expensive pigments.



Pick up, pour out and see where Basics Acrylic Fluid will take you.

Unleash a continual flow of inspiration as this vibrant satin-finish color makes quick work of big area coverage, detail, underpainting, sketching, pouring, splattering and stippling, collage and mixed media. Let your ideas run free with smooth, free flowing color that perfectly balances quality and economy.

Made for all artists, Basics acrylics are formulated with the exacting Liquitex standard, which means they're made with the same lightfast, fine art pigments we use in our professional range, but just a lighter load.


Basics Acrylic Fluid gives you the perfect balance of quality and economy. Made for all artists, Basics acrylics are formulated with the exacting Liquitex standard. Which means they're made with the same lightfast, fine art pigments we use in our professional range, but just a lighter load. Choose from a range of sizes...

The 4oz (118ml) tube in 48 colors

The 8.45oz (250ml) tube in 12 colors


All Liquitex paints use the highest quality pigments and go through the same rigorous manufacturing process. The only difference is that with Basics we use a lower concentration of pigment than our professional paints. For Basics, fine art pigments are selected and milled using the latest basket bead-mill technology, in the same way as Soft and Heavy Body Acrylics. Pigments are ground with tiny reinforced ceramic beads to give fine dispersion, great color development, strength and brightness, before being added to the acrylic emulsion.


Push your budget harder with Basics. Use on their own or combine together with professional materials – if they’re made by Liquitex, they’re all intermixable. Perfect for everyday use, for sketching out preliminary ideas, for underpainting before laying down your final paint application and for covering large areas.


Basics acrylics are safe for you to use. All colors are independently tested by the Art and Creative Materials Institute at Duke University, and hold the Approved Product (AP) safety seal. This means they are certified to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or harmful to humans or to cause health problems, making them ideal for studio and educational use.


If your paint sticks to it, you can use it. Use Basics on:

  • canvas
  • paper & board
  • wood & masonry
  • metal
  • styrofoam
  • stone & ceramics
  • textiles

Your work has a life beyond you. As with all Liquitex paints, the pigments in Basics acrylic have passed extensive tests for lightfastness. The advanced acrylic formula is highly flexible, durable, non-yellowing and UV-resistant. Your work will have the greatest archival permanence possible, withstanding color shifting or fading to stay vibrant and true.


Learn more about working with acrylic paint.


Other creatives have asked us...

Can I add water to Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid?

We don't recommend adding water to Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid. Depending on the paint you're using, you can use Mediums such as the Professional Flow-Aid Additive to dramatically increase the flow of your color or mediums.

Can I use Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid for Pen & Ink work?

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid isn't ideal for Pen & Ink; choose Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink.

I'm new to the Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid range. Which colors should I start with?

It's personal choice but these are our starter five: Titanium White, Mars Black + the three single pigment primaries, Primary Yellow, Primary Red and Primary Blue. These give you the most options, the cleanest mixes possible and are perfect for color theory.

Is Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid a watered-down version of Liquitex Basics Acrylic?

No. Basics Acrylic Fluid is formulated in the lab as a stand-alone paint. It's made with a more fluid binder system than Basics Acrylic, this gives the lower viscosity and flow.

Is Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid archival and lightfast?

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid is archival, lightfast, flexible, and UV-resistant (except fluorescent and metallic colors which are naturally less lightfast and are not rated).

My Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid color appears to be separating - is that normal?

Separation in Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid is normal - acrylics do separate when in the bottle. Shake well before use.

What can I do with Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid?

Lots. Painting. Pouring. Quick large area coverage. Fine detail. And everything in between.

What finish does Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid have when dry?

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid dries to a satin finish.

What's the difference between Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid and Liquitex Professional Soft Body Acrylic?

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Fluid is more fluid and has a lower pigment load than Liquitex Professional Soft Body Acrylic.