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  • Why do some of your colors have such weird names?
    There are a few colors with names that seem unusual in the modern day. This is because they are based on traditional colors - some of which date back to ancient times. Hooker’s Green, Indian Yellow, Van Dyke Red and Ivory Black are cases in point. Hooker’s Green is not a reference to prostitution, but is named to honor the British botanical illustrator William J Hooker who used the color for certain types of leaf. Van Dyke Red is named after the Flemish Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck who became the leading court painter in England. When he was knighted, he changed the spelling of his name to van Dyke. Indian Yellow is named after the organic yellow pigment it’s based on, which was reputed to be first produced in India. Made in little balls of pigment, the color was exported around the world and was said to be made with uniquely yellow urine from cattle fed on mango leaves! Our color is now made with a synthetic pigment. Lastly, Ivory Black does not contain ivory but is inspired by a color that dates back to Roman times which was made from roasting ivory and animal bones. Liquitex Ivory Black has the same brown undertones, but is a synthetic combination of carbon and calcium phosphate.
  • Can I use Liquitex Acrylic Ink as a tattoo ink?
    No. We would strongly recommend you use a specialized tattooing ink that is designed for skin application. Liquitex Acrylic Ink is not designed for tattoos or other body modification.
  • Can I use Liquitex on my skin?
    While there should be no major issues, we don’t recommend purposefully using Liquitex paints or mediums on your skin. You would be better to use a specialized face & body paint designed for skin application instead.
  • I’m varnishing my painting with your permanent varnish – how do I clean my brush afterwards?
    All our acrylic varnishes are water-based, like our paints, so you can just wash your brush out with soap and water and leave to dry.
  • You’ve changed your website – why?
    Liquitex is a brand driven by innovation and the sharing of knowledge. We've always evolved as technology and science have progressed, and we wanted to make a really simple to use, useful resource for all artists. The launch of our new products, new look, new materials and color palettes makes it the perfect time - we hope you like it. Let us know what you think via our social channels.
  • I want to print some information out on one of your ranges – do you have anything downloadable?
    Yes we have a full set of product booklets you can download as PDFs and print out. Each contains a color or swatch chart and can be found here. The same page has a downloadable PDF of The Liquitex Acrylic Book, our detailed guide to working with acrylics. We also have safety data sheets on each of our products - find them ready to download on the product pages and color pop-ups.
  • I’ve found a bug on the site – how do I report it?
    It's very simple. Just send us a message via the contact form here with the details and we will sort it out. Thanks very much!
  • Where can I find color charts for your ranges?
    We have color and swatch charts within our product booklets. These are stored in our Knowledge section and are ready for you to download as PDFs and print out here.
  • Where do I find info on tips and techniques?
    We have an ever-evolving selection of tips and techniques guides - in video and written formats - ready for you in our Knowledge section here.
  • Where can I find safety information and data on each product?
    We have safety data sheets on each of our products. Find them ready to download on the product pages and color pop-ups.
  • I’m interested in stocking Liquitex in my store. Who do I speak to?
    Please contact us here and a member of the team will get back to you.
  • How can I find out if you have an open call for the Liquitex Residency Program?
    We occasionally hold an open call, so please sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media. We will announce any open call opportunities there, and via our residency partners.
  • Do you give residencies to artists outside of the USA and England?
    Yes! Our International Residencies invite artists from anywhere in the world to travel and stay at one of our studios, irrespective of their origin.
  • I like to play around with different spray effects. Do you offer different nozzle sizes?
    Yes. You'll find the Medium cap that comes with every Liquitex Spray Paint is suitable for achieving a variety of line thicknesses, but we all like to have options, so we've made an assorted cap pack to give you different effects in Skinny, Medium and Fat nozzle sizes.
  • Any tips on achieving a really fine, slightly diffused Spray Paint line?
    Yes switch your regular nozzle for one of our Skinny ones - its the grey and white one - and will give you a much finer line. Find it in our assorted pack of Replacement Caps.
  • What should I do if my Acrylic Marker nib has dried out?
    First try reactivating the nib with a gentle push down to see if you can start the paint flowing through it. If this doesn't work, the nib may have completely dried out so we recommend buying a replacement nib pack and putting a new one in. Remember, Acrylic Marker caps should always be replaced immediately after use to prevent the nib drying out.
  • Can I buy an individual nozzle to replace an old one on my Spray Paint?
    We sell replacements caps in bags of six. These are available in a choice of thicknesses, so you can do a standard replacement or try a new size - for a new line thickness. And always remember to look after your cans by cleaning the caps straight after use, otherwise the paint will dry inside the nozzle and block up the spray.
  • I forgot to clean my dip pen after using it with your Acrylic Ink – and the nib’s now crusted up. Can I do anything to save it?
    Yes, soak the nib in a small bowl of Liquitex Pen Cleaner. Leave it for a few minutes and test to see if the crusty bits have dissolved or come away when you rub it. If not, leave for a little longer and test again. You should be able to remove most (or all) of the ink this way, and then rinse with water.
  • My 15mm Acrylic Marker nib is looking a bit out of shape – can I do anything about it?
    Yes, buy a 15mm Replacement Nib pack and pop a new one in - it'll restore it to shop standard.
  • How do I use Cap Cleaner?
    It's easy. Just take your just-used paint nozzle off the can, put it on the Cap Cleaner and spray for a few seconds, or until the spray is clear. Then simply return it to its can and put the lid back on.