Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tubes, Set of 48

Last updated date: October 24, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tubes, Set of 48

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Liquitex Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tubes, Set of 48 placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Acrylic Paint for a detailed review of all the top acrylic paints.

Expert Summarized Score
9.7
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,360 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
xpect high quality from this paint which is creamy, thick and dries with a satin finish that is typical of the best-Rated acrylic paint for canvas.
- Significant Other Broadway
These paints are heavy duty acrylic paints which contain permanent artists pigments that will not fade over time.
- Best of Machinery
It features 22-milliliter tubes that won't get depleted quite as quickly as the smaller ones found in many kits.
- Wiki EZ Vid
Sold as set or individually
- Createlet
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint is a good quality with excellent pigments and texture. I like the smooth strong consistency of this paint. It's fine-grained with great covering properties and excellent color saturation. It 'draws' well with the painting knife due to its heavy body composition. Easy workability is complemented by easy clean-up.
- Smart Art Materials
With their buttery consistency and smooth strokes, it is incredibly convenient to blend the shades with water or other color mediums.
- Let'sPaintUp
But what I really love about Liquitex acrylic paints is the ability to use them as watercolors.
- Crafts Unleashed
July 6, 2010 | Full review
What experts didn't like
- Significant Other Broadway
A bit too small for large scale pieces. Not as intense as the professional grade paints.
- Createlet
September 4, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Liquitex basics acrylics offer a wide range of colors with great coverage, outstanding color brilliance, and exceptional brushability. Basics acrylics can be used for a variety of techniques from watercolor, airbrush and printmaking to thick applications that simulate oil paint. Permanent, water resistant and flexible when dry. Thin with water and/or Liquitex acrylics mediums. Set includes four 75ml tubes: primary red, primary blue, primary yellow, and Mars black. Also includes an 118ml tube of Titanium white.

Overall Product Rankings

ARTEZA Acrylic Paint With Storage Box, Set of 60
1. ARTEZA Acrylic Paint With Storage Box, Set of 60
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 8
Sargent Art Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
2. Sargent Art Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 4
Monarch Creations Acrylic Paint, Set of 24
3. Monarch Creations Acrylic Paint, Set of 24
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint, 1-Piece
4. Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint, 1-Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
GOTIDEAL Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
5. GOTIDEAL Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tubes, Set of 48
7. Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tubes, Set of 48
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 7
Sax True Flow Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set, Set of 6
8. Sax True Flow Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set, Set of 6
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
Crafts 4 All Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
9. Crafts 4 All Acrylic Paint, Set of 12
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
Benicci Complete Acrylic Paint, Set of 24
10. Benicci Complete Acrylic Paint, Set of 24
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are one of the most popular and widely-used paints around. Acrylic paint is water-soluble, meaning you can be a little messy when you’re painting and the paint will still easily wash off of your skin, making it a fantastic product for crafts or to use with children who tend to get everything on themselves.

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“This versatile paint is a favorite of fine artists and crafters alike,” says our arts and crafts expert Amy Markham, an artist, middle school art teacher and the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice.

Acrylic paint is a product that combines color pigments with a synthetic resin that is quick-drying.

“Once the paint dries, it is waterproof and can also be painted over,” says Markham. “There are a variety of price points and qualities of acrylic paints.”

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Craft-level acrylic paints are generally the most affordable of the options you will see, but don’t let that discourage you from trying them out. A set of craft paints like the Apple Barrel PROMOABI, Assorted Colors 1 (18 pack)  can give you a huge selection of colors to play with while not having to worry about wasting expensive paint.

“Craft-level acrylic paint comes in small bottles and are thinner in consistency than tube acrylics,” says Markham. “They are thinner because they contain less pigment and more water, which makes them inexpensive. Good for hobby level projects and crafts these paints can be used on a variety of surfaces, such as wood, fabric, paper and canvas.”

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If you’re planning to use a lot of paint, whether it be for a group of people working in a classroom-like setting or a craft night with friends, there are sets of larger bottles of paint like Sargent Art Acrylic Paint, Set of 12, that offer a more of each color paint in a quantity large enough to be a good value in bulk. Sets like these let you use more paint without fear of running low like the smaller tubes might make you feel, so if you know that you will be using a lot of paint, or even just keeping the paint for many future projects, you might be better off purchasing a set with larger bottles.

“These mid-grade paints are perfect for beginners and artists on a budget, but, once you have a feel for the process moving to artist level paints is a good idea, especially if you plan to show or sell your work,” Markham says.

The bulk paint bottles do only offer basic colors that need to be blended together whenever you would like to achieve a color that is not offered. This mixing of paints to get the exact right color can be challenging to more intermediate artists that really desire the exact right color for each section of their painting.  This is where a set of smaller tubes of paint can start becoming your friend. A set of tube paints like the ARTEZA Acrylic Paint With Storage Box, Set of 60 gives a much higher quality of paint than the bottled-style beginner-level paints. This artist-level paint sets itself apart from student-level paints by offering a lightfastness rating on each tube, which tells you in a quantifiable method how long the paint should last after sitting on the canvas for years while ultraviolet light does its best to fade the finished paint. The second factor that you can look for on a tube of artist-level paint is whether or not it has a hue or a pigment as the source of its color.

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“If the paint says hue on the tube, it implies that it is a synthetic color and not pure pigment,” says Markham. “Some pigments are rare and very expensive, so this allows a better price point. This does mean these paints will have lower color saturation and overall be less vibrant.”

Having a synthetic hue is not necessarily a bad thing for most artists. The rare pigments that are needed to make some of the finest artist-level paints are often times very expensive. It is common to find sets of paints like the Monarch Creations Acrylic Paint, Set of 24, that offer a myriad of different colors that one might like to use in their paintings. This variety of colors means you won’t have to mix the paints as much to find something suitable for your canvas, or whatever medium you might be painting on, which is a good thing due to how overmixed mid-level paints can often start turning into a muddy brown color that loses its vibrancy. If you can find a set of acrylic paints that offer multiple colors that you can envision yourself using, then it’s a good practice to start with the lower-priced set of synthetic hues and work with them until you find that your ability as an artist is limited by your paint, a distinction that may very well take many years of practice in your art.

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DWYM Fun Fact

One of the most expensive pigments around comes from the Lapis Lazuli. This semi-precious stone is a deep-blue metamorphic rock found in remote areas of Afghanistan. The richness of the blue in this rock has made it famous for its pigmentation from the time it was first discovered.

The rock boomed in popularity during the renaissance when the most famous painters of the era would keep the Ultramarine blue color, taken from the powder of finely-ground Lapis Lazuli, to finish highlights at the center of their paintings.

This finely-ground Lapis pigment can cost upwards of $10,000 for a kilogram.

The Acrylic Paint Buying Guide

  • Mixing cheaper paints together can often lead to finding less-than-perfect colors in the end. Markham points out a distinction in what makes craft-level paints hard to mix properly. “One thing to consider when using these is that they are often already tints and shades of colors, which gives artists a multitude of colors to choose from,” she says. “But this means they have already been mixed with white or black to make the colors you are getting. Therefore, when you mix these you often will get muddy and dull colors.”
  • You’ll be able to really make your painting pop off the page when you use acrylics, which can help you create depth of field and texture. “Another benefit of working with acrylics is the ability is the range of viscosity you can get with these paints. There are fluid acrylics and heavy body paints creating a range of fluidity from staining and washes to thick buttery application,” Markham says. “You can also mix these paints with a variety of acrylic mediums that can change the consistency of the paint. Mediums can help you build textures, create layers of transparent colors and make the work matte or glossy. These are a fun way to experiment in your painting process.”