The everyday acrylic made
with fine art pigments
Basics is for all creatives. For all budgets. It's perfect for all painting techniques including underpainting and sketching. This medium viscosity paint is made with lightfast, artist-quality pigments in an expanded choice of 72 colors.
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All painting techniques
Sketching & underpainting
Collage & mixed media
Fine art pigments
Range of opacities
Fully AP certified for safety & educational use
Anything but Basic
Basics Acrylics are formatted with the same lightfast, fine art pigments we use in our professional range, but just a lighter load.
24 new Basics Colors
Quality lightfast pigments. Great if you’re on a budget - the everyday acrylic.
Mix Up Your Color
What can you do with Basics acrylics? The answer: pretty much everything.
Basics to professional
As your budget expands, or your practice evolves, you may want to start exploring new techniques. Experiment with your materials or pick up one of our ready-made Basics techniques kits, which gives you all the tools you need, plus a step-by-step guide. And as your budget expands, or you get more serious, you may want to start exploring the more specialist lines of Liquitex Professional. Higher pigment loads give stronger colors, a wider range of mediums let you create new effects. And you can try different acrylic paint textures and formats – from inks to fine art spray paint.
Good pigment load
High pigment load
Good range of colors
Wide range of colors
One consistancy of paint (medium viscosity)
Choice of paint viscosities and formats
Same pricing for all colors of the same size
Different series pricing depending on pigments
GET STARTED WITH
Our Basics sets give you the chance to explore new techniques, try out new colors and mediums - and they also make great gifts
Tips & Techniques
Useful guides for working with acrylics
Other artists have asked us...
I noticed the color is slightly different for Muted Violet. Why?
Pigment PR206 was discontinued by the supplier, and we reformulated the color to match as close as possible using PR179 for this pigment replacement. The new mass tone is a little warmer, cleaner and deeper. The new reduction is a little stronger, or deeper, than before.
I notice the mass tone of Heavy Body Alizarin Crimson Permanent Hue is slightly different. Why?
Due to pigment PR206 discontinuation by the supplier, we reformulated this color and replaced PR206 with PR179. The new color compared to previous can be considered brighter and more luminous in masstone. In undertone, the shade is slightly bluer than previous with the same color strength. Transparency (transparent color) and lightfastness remain the same.
Why are Basics paints cheaper than pro paints?
Basics paints are cheaper due to the amount of pigment used in their formulations. As less is used than in our Professional range, the cost price is cheaper, thus giving you the perfect balance of economy and performance.