Soft Body

The original acrylic. Redesigned.
Now in a new artist-designed bottle

This low viscosity professional acrylic paint gives excellent coverage, a satin finish and high levels of artist-quality pigment for archival brilliance.

It’s incredibly versatile.

Use it to paint, pour, glaze or print on almost any surface.

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Product Spotlight: Soft Body

Soft Body at your service. See what can the original fluid acrylic can do for your practice.


The Formula

If you thought Soft Body was just a watered-down Heavy Body, you'd be wrong. This flowing low viscosity formula was in fact created first and actually gives triple the coverage area of Heavy Body. The two paints have compatible binders and pack the same high pigment load. But if you thin Heavy Body with water or mediums, you reduce concentration and get noticeably weaker colors. Paint feel, performance and stability are also impacted, so choose the right consistency of paint for the job.

A Brand New Design

When you’re working, your tools need to work for you. Our ergonomic bottle and clear labeling have been designed in collaboration with artists, to help us create what we believe is the perfect format. It’s fully reusable and recyclable - and not a drop of paint will go to waste.


If you had to choose one paint – this would be the one you’d get most out of. Soft Body suits a wide range of techniques and applications. It loves almost any surface and dries flexibly and quickly for easy layering and masking. Want something new? Use a professional medium to change its character further.


If it sticks to it, you can use it. Use Soft Body on:

  • stretched canvas
  • photo paper
  • plaster & brick
  • clay & pottery
  • paper & board
  • wood, fabric & glass


On a client’s wall. In a gallery. Your work needs to stay as you intended. As with all Liquitex products, the pigments in Soft Body have passed extensive tests for lightfastness.

Each pigment is rated according to the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), and we only use pigments rated ASTM I or II*. This means your work will have the greatest archival permanence possible – at least 50 years+ in gallery conditions – with no color shifting or fading, to stay vibrant and true.

*Some pigments, such as fluorescents, are not rated

archival quality spray paint


Our professional sets bring new colors to your palette, in a choice of sizes

Tips & Techniques

Useful guides for working with Soft Body Acrylics

Soft Body FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • Why is Quinacridone Burnt Orange in Heavy Body no longer available?
    The pigment PR206 used for Quinacridone Burnt Orange was discontinued by the supplier. After trying to develop an alternative hue, we realised we couldn’t identically replace this unique Quinacridone pigment, and decided to discontinue the color in Heavy Body and Soft Body.
  • 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.
  • If I mix fluorescent colors together, will they still be fluorescent?
    Fluorescents have a great visual impact when combined, though the mixes will not be fluorescent
  • I see a lightfastness rating of NR on the fluorescent and iridescent colors. What does this mean?
    For lightfastness, NR means “Not rated” – meaning that it has not been tested by ASTM for lightfastness. ASTM D4303 is the test method for Lightfastness for pigment-based artist materials. Fluorescent dyes and color coated micas are not usually in scope for this test as they are not real pigments with Color Index as such. Fluorescent colors by their very nature are dye based, they are known to be fugitive and cannot withstand the negative effects of UV light like most pigments.  This pertains to all fluorescent colors and has nothing to do with a professional or student range of art materials. We do our own in-house Blue wool test for Permanence rating where we test all our colors.
  • Is it true that Soft Body was the first acrylic paint ever invented?
    Yes it's true that it was the first commercially available water-based acrylic paint designed for artists, back in the 1950s. Then it was called Liquitex Medium Viscosity.
  • Are you doing cadmium-free colors in Soft Body?
    Yes! We are now offering Liquitex cadmium-free colors in Soft Body and Acrylic Gouache, so you can choose your consistency. We might look to offer these colors in our other ranges in the future.
  • Is the Soft Body the same paint as before?
    Yes. Nothing has changed in the formulation of Liquitex Soft Body, it's just the outer packaging that has changed.
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