Acrylic Paint Brand Comparison: Golden vs. Liquitex vs. Blicks | LittleArtTalks

Acrylic Paint Brand Comparison: Golden vs. Liquitex vs. Blicks | LittleArtTalks

Hi everyone and welcome to Little Art Talks!
My name is Karin and today I am going to test out four different types of paint and see how
they each apply. The first one I have here is the Blick
Studio Acrylic and this is the Student Grade Paint and this is the only Student Grade we have
here today. The other three are going to be Artist Grade paints. So I have the Artist Grade
counterpart which is also by Blick and this is called the
Blick Artist Acrylic. Next I have the Golden Artist color
which is the most expensive paint we have here today, and then we have Liquitex Professional Heavy Body. As you can see I made a little prop
just to see how they apply. If I were to rank these paints from thinnest to thickest, I
would say Blick Student Grade paint, Blick Artist Grade paint, Golden Artist color, and then finally Liquitex Heavy Body. This is definitely the
thickest of the four. Here are some clips of the paint straight out the tube and I am mushing them around so you can see
the consistency. The Blick Studio paint is very smooth, but it does not hold
its shape. The Blick Artist paint holds its shape a little
better. It is thicker and has a bit more body to it. You can see when I stir a certain area the
rest of it is not really moving. The Golden paint is even thicker. At the same time it is
very soft and buttery. Liquitex is definitely the thickest
of the four. Just look at that peak and how it holds up its shape. To test the opacity of these paints, I drew a line with a ball point pen, and then painted a
single layer of these paints on top of it. Now some colors
are inherently more transparent but this is just to see if I could
achieve even and opaque appearance with one layer. I found out
the Liquitex was the only one that was thick enough to cover up the line
completely. Pigment load refers to the concentration
of pigment. I tested this out by mixing each of the
colors with a white paint and seeing how they are. A paint
with a lower pigment load or concentration will tend to turn white really easily and become more duller while a high pigment load will retain its original color a little better. I
found that the two Blick colors turned white really easily so it had less
influence when mixing where as Golden and Liquitex retain
their original color much better. Golden in particular was much darker so I suspect that it has the highest
pigment load. As you can see pretty much all my
observations became pretty evident when I started painting. Now just looking at one layer of paint on
this canvas board we can see how the Blick Student Grade was more patchy. Some spots were more opaque while others
were more transparent. Because the coverage is lower you can see any lighter or darker colors
showing through underneath. The Blick Artist had a slightly better opacity. It still shows color underneath
but it is more even. I found that the Golden paint
applied very evenly. It was very smooth and I needed less
paint to cover a certain area. I found that it was
perfect and two coats whereas the first two might need several coats. As shown before the Liquitex is very
opaque and thick. The only thing is that I found the formula to be more dry which forced me to use more paint as
opposed to Golden. Finally I want to touch on color
shifting. As I mentioned in previous videos acrylic paints will dry to a darker
finish. So this can be a little tricky if you are
not familiar with that specific brand and that specific paint because they all vary. So I wanted to see
how much color shift these four paints have. From most color shifting to least color
shifting was Blick Studio Grade, Liquitex, Blick Artist and then Golden. So Golden
changed the least in color from wet to dry paint.
As I said in my last video I think you should buy within your budget and within your needs.
After that you can start expanding into Artist grade paints and dabbling in different
brands. Personally I really love the feel of the
Golden Artist paints. They are really rich and apply really
smoothly but if you are a person who likes you
have really thick paintings with impasto or working
with a palette knife then you may want to consider trying
out Liquitex. As you become more familiar with each of these paints, you will notice that each color has their own quirks even within a certain brand. And
there is no harm in mixing brands either. So go ahead and pick up a small tube of
something new and you might I just find yourself a new favorite. Thanks so much for
watching. I am curious to hear what your favorite brand of paint is, or if any of the brands I showed today
look appealing to you. If you live in an area that does not carry these brands, what brands are in stock near you? I would love to hear in the comment
section below. If you have not already you might want to
check out my last video on comparing the differences between cheap Student Grade paint or expensive Artists Grade paint. Especially
if you live in an area that does not carry the brands I showed you today it will have a lot of great tips to help
you shop within different brands as well. See you next time!


  • gumbii garcia says:

    golden > all others… the tubes last me forever… i've tried liquitex and because the paint is so thick, i have to use a ton of water and it waters down the paint… but my paintings quality went up as soon as i got golden heavy body paint… so good…

  • Charlie King says:

    Thanks for the upload. My store only has liquitex heavy body and then cheaper student brands like Master's Touch. Anxious to try Golden!

  • Chris Wilson says:

    I've always used the Liquitex Heavy Body paints. But I hear that the Golden paints are excellent. I used to sell both these brands regularly.

  • Anne Johnson says:

    This was so helpful! I am about to step up from student grade paints and am deciding between Liquitex heavy body and golden. Thanks for your demonstrations and comparisons. I am leaning toward Golden.

  • Gail Miller says:

    I love Golden but when it comes to fluids prefer Tri-Art as they have a much better selection and are priced as evenly as golden products, 

  • metalfuture1982 says:

    I have been using golden paint for a long time. It is a really great company because if you have questions you can always give them a call when you need information. They are based in new york. I enjoy supporting american employment especially when they go beyond what many wont do.

  • Eric Deitrich says:

    Yeah, I've been digging the Golden too- seems to hold up really well…

  • Craig Weaver says:

    Wow, you are beyond cute.

  • Paul M. says:

    Nice video with well done examples. I use Golden and Liquitex Heavy Body almost exclusively.Using cheap paint is a false economy as you have to use so much more and you still don't get a satisfactory result, a little Golden goes a long way! I really like the Liquitex Cad Reds,actually all their heavy body line are great for pallet knife work and impasto type stuff.

  • Randico Enrico Gonzalez Jr. says:

    Very well done video very professional, and informative. I had just bought a tube of the Liquitex so I thought I would check the web before Your description of the heavy body paint was bang on.the only thing different is the prices here in Canada at Micheal's was 11.99 a 2oz tube. I like your prices better  Thanks again 

  • QueenWaspGo says:

    Have you tried the Windsor and Newton Artists Acrylic? They advertise it as having little or no color shift.

  • omniemon says:

    I really enjoyed using Golden paint when I first started out as they had some great opacity still use them from time to time. But my style has changed over time and I now use more Fluid paints so I can do washes and work with squeegees. One of my friends recommend "Nova Color Paint" when I switched and I've been using their stuff ever since.

    Some amazing quality paints for a lower price than some of the paints that Golden makes, a little more fluid than Golden's tube paints but are well pigmented. My friends in LA use them for murals and some paintings, check them out, they are based in Culver City, CA always nice to support Smaller businesses.

  • Judith A Rowland says:

    Great Demo. Your information was very useful and the narration was excellent. I'm grateful for all the information you shared. Have you tried American Journey's Acrylics by Cheap Joe's? .

  • bidhrohi12 says:

    Thanks! Great video!

  • Carol says:

    great video i have many brands i mix golden liquitex and nova mostly if you havent checked out nova they are really priced well too.

  • Debbie Lee says:

    this was such an EXCELLENT video for a me as I am just starting out working with acrylics. I just was so confused about what to buy. Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction. I think the Golden paint is the way to go for me. Thanks for a great and super helpful video!!!

  • Tammie Gillard says:

    This was so helpful! Really keen to buy the golden but have noticed that there is also the option of golden OPEN acrylics, other that the slower drying time of the open, do you think they still have all the same attributes as the regular golden?

  • Different Strokes says:

    hey, great video. Just wondering are you using Golden Heavybody? Thanks

  • Sadi Vilorya says:

    I just found your videos and really like them. I haven't looked through all your uploads yet, but you you haven't made one already, I'd love a review of which acrylic paint has the most vibrant colours. You sort of showed it I. This video as being Golden Paint, but you were using a colour that's not very vibrant itself. I'd love to see something similar just for vibrant colour.

    I've also seen a video on how you shouldn't mix water with acrylic paints for thinning paint out and doing like a water wash background. That you should use airbrush medium instead. I'd love a video on this and going in to more details about options and is it really that bad to use water.

  • Caren Kaziyev says:

    Excellent info. I have been using Winsor & Newton student grade bec of the cost, but I am ready to replace everything with Golden artist paints. The W&N is too transparent.

  • Luke Ryba says:

    you are so awesome for making this! I've avoided liquitex for the longest time but the thickness is definitely what I've been needing with my paints. Thanks!!

  • Amatuer Beats says:

    I've only used liquitex and I hate color change! Thanks for this video! Golden it is (:

  • Henry says:

    Learned alot of stuff today thanks.

  • Snow Bell says:

    This is super helpful information, and nicely presented. Thanks for sharing!

  • Que Duong says:

    Thank you so much for the info. I love golden paint, but your video got me leaning toward liquitex

  • Baptiste Payen, dessin & photographie says:

    Thanks for sharing. It's a nice introduction to differences between brands.
    I personally use golden, for the easiness of application and the low color shift, and because I don't do impastos (liquitex is by far the best for that). But the opacity of the brand depends on which color you use, burnt sienna is very opaque, but when your going in some reds or yellows, not all colors will be so opaque. Maybe if you made the same test with other colors the result would have been different.

  • Walker says:

    Golden looks like the one for me. Lovely video. Thank you for making the effort to produce it.

  • ccmiint says:

    Thank You! It was a perfect review!

  • sleepy says:

    Very interesting! Thank you!

  • TerryGlo Andersen says:

    Thank you very much. I am learning how to paint and seem to have some talent but I have no idea how to pick paints and canvases. You posted a note during the video to look for compatible "binders," can you explain what exactly that means? I am BRAND NEW to this. Thanks so much.

  • Charlie DeLacey says:

    Thank you so much for your videos! They are very helpful!
    Though I've been in the creative arts since I can remember, I'm just now starting to branch out into using actual paint and brushes in the world of traditional, visual art.

    Unfortunately I am on about the tightest budget you could image! I'm talking: those 50¢, 2 oz, bottles of Apple acrylics, to me, is "the nice stuff". I've been using Sargent Art Tempera paints, at least as I get used to color theory, etc. But of course with them being tempera paints, they tend to be a bit thin with an almost gelatin-like consistency,

    My Question:
    What would you suggest I use to thicken these paints without speeding up the trying time? In fact, I'm also wanting to slow the drying time. It seems the Liquitex Heavy Gel &/or Liquitex Flexible Paste in order to get a van Gogh type texture. But: Would you have any cheaper alternative suggestions? Also, would a little bit go a long way by chance?

    Thank you!

  • pdahg bee says:

    great video!! best paint review I've seen.

  • Regina Perry says:

    I have always been very happy with Golden Brand paints.

    I do have a question and would love to see a video on this as I am sure many art professors have come across this problem in the last few years as well. I teach anything from Advanced and Special Topics Advanced students to art education majors and non-art majors taking Art 101/Art Appreciation/Introduction to Art as a Fine art requirement. What I have found to be a problem with my non-art majors and many education majors is that I do not require artist quality paints, so many use the student grade paints. Many brands of the student grade paints seems to have changed their formulas. I have my students purchase red, blue, yellow, black and white and then teach them to mix in order to get other colors as needed. Where the problem comes in is that many student grade paints now seem to make MUD or BABY DIAPER colors when mixed or violet is not violet at all, orange is not orange at all, etc. Value with color by adding white or black does some seriously horrible misrepresentations of the colors. I am looking for a brand of student grade paints that mix well and will better enable me to teach minimal color theory, the color wheel, paint mixing, etc. without this MUD problem. I want my students to mix for secondary and tertiary colors not purchase them, and be able to mix for value scales without a hot mess. Any suggestions on a consistent student grade paint brand that color mixes well. I would also like to see a video demo like the one here regarding only student grade brands and their ability to mix well. And yes most of my students that are art majors and advanced art majors purchase artist quality paints within their budget, not student grade paints due to this problem with mixing. Students simply can not afford to purchase every color they need and it is important they learn to mix for their budget as well as a better understanding of the painting process. Any help finding a consistent and mixable student grade brand would be greatly appreciated.

  • Debra Gilchrist says:

    Very good video! You are sooo good at this! Great info. I was trying to decide between the Liquitex and Golden. Thanks for helping me decide.

  • Carol Tensen says:

    Good information. I wish some of these comparisons would address shelf life.

  • Charles Wheeler says:

    Thanks for the video!

  • Gpod Joe says:

    I have Liquitex for my heavy body paints, and I have Golden for my fluid acrylics. Golden's heavy body paints are too expensive. Why do you think heavy body paints are more expensive compared to soft bodied? Is it that you pay more for heavier consistency?

  • Stephanie Fudge-Bernard says:

    Super helpful, thanks!

  • James B says:

    I live in Taiwan. AFAIK, in my little corner of the Island, there are no oil or acrylic professional or artist grade paints available. The ones we do get are off brand Korean or Chinese brands. We do have Holbein, which is good and Amsterdam. Also, BASIC from Liquitex and Miro. I like Holbein and Amsterdam. Holbein colors are rather rich and Amsterdam has nice body. We do not have any mediums available for acrylics. I think the higher grade paints are available in larger cities, and I believe Amazon sells Golden Artist grades and ships them here. Thank you for your video. Very informative.

  • Scott Kentros says:

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  • Not Tryin' To Hear You! says:

    Excellent Demo! TY!

  • Not Tryin' To Hear You! says:

    Can anyone recommend a paint that is even heavier than the liquitex heavy body? Perhaps one that is economically priced and then another if price were not so much an issue. TY.

  • Michele Theberge says:

    Great video! I can tell you put a lot into making these videos. Nice job!

  • Deanna Phillips says:

    Thank you helped alot!!!!

  • AidanV says:

    Golden acrylics were what I was required to use for my color theory class and I quite liked them

  • Heid Horch says:

    If you can, try a brand called M. Graham. It's hand mixed in small batches and made in Portland, Oregon. The consistency is very smooth, heavier than Golden but not as thick/pasty as Liquitex. But the pigments are unbelievable. You will never find brighter, bolder pigment. I use their acrylic but they also make oils (which I haven't tried yet), and their watercolor is excellent as well. They are a smaller company so you won't find them in Blick's but you can buy online or maybe in your local Art supply shop. Very high quality, worth a try 🙂

  • Ian Jackson says:

    nicely tested and informative

  • Bianca Athan says:

    Oh my god!! You are a really great reviewer! You deserve more subscribers than you have…

  • Rebecca Nelson says:

    thank you for this helpful video! :3

  • Tuner Paints says:

    blick is garbage
    liquitex is ok
    golden good
    lascaux is great

  • pangyre says:

    Excellent review. Thank you.

  • Shider Villarama says:

    its amazing how you hold that smile while talking! haha but its cute though.. Thank you for this very informative video!! keep it up!

  • Lucas Boyd says:

    I am a fan of Golden. I've used the others, but prefer golden. Great video!

  • Amy-Beth Manning says:

    I found this video so helpful and informative – thank you!

  • j. pieuw j. pauw says:

    nice presentation. thx 🙂

  • J.Cov says:

    This is great!!!! I have some ideas to share with you. I know a lot about oil colors

  • Wood Barter says:

    I can't even watch this as bad as I need to – some of us cannot concentrate with all that background noise. It's very frustration for those of us with this condition that most videos have such distracting noise – it's completely unnecessary. Please consider us in future video productions. NO NOISE PLEASE!

  • Rose Braun says:

    Great video! Thanks for making.I am very much a beginner and am using Reeves because they are most affordable, but they also are very small tubes. Just wanted something to start with. They do dry darker and I'm finding are somewhat dull looking when dry.Also dry very quickly. so have to work fast. Can't wait to try Golden.

  • Elizabeth Magnusson says:

    Thank you for your video. I've never painted and I didn't know where to start and this video helps so much.

  • Joselyn Dominguez says:

    Awesome review! This was very informative and super helpful! Thanks!

  • David The Good says:

    Great set of tests, Karen – thank you. I've found that it's just not worth it to buy the cheap student-grade paints anymore, though I used to use them exclusively back when I was young and broke. Of course, I also lived on Ramen and instant coffee back then, too. Life is better with artist's grade. You can really see the coverage difference in your video. Glad to have found you. Subscribed.

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  • Shen Doshi says:

    winsor and newton same as liquidex just more expensive from I saw in another video clip. Anyway Josonja, liquidex basic, vallejo golden

  • Chelsea Lomandra says:

    thanks, what a great testing system, so thorough <3 interesting stuff!

  • spyralspyder says:


  • Spider Man says:

    I knew I wasn't crazy when I said Blick Studio was shit

  • Alice Wyan says:

    I love Winsor & Newton Artist grade acrylics, they're even thicker than Liquitex, stay open slightly longer than most other brands, and have very little color shift when drying. Over here, they're between Golden and Liquitex in price, so not cheap, but worth their cost.

  • Khai Bui says:

    do you know any cheap thick acrylic paint like the liquitex heavy body ?

  • Box of Memories says:

    Wow! You are amazing! Thank you for this video. I watched the other one too. I learned more about acrylic paints in this short video than I have in I don't know how long. This is the best example of the differences I have seen.

  • msGvious says:

    Thank you Sweetie 🙂 this has been very useful today!!! All the best xx

  • Eduardo Guerrero says:

    You need to try Utrecht paint.

  • lisaflartista says:

    That background music is very distracting.

  • Nick Rowland says:

    I have recently started to use Liquitex paint which I find is great for my needs. Andy Warhole used Liquitex and if Liquitex was good enough for him is good enough for me. Thank you, Karin for your informative video.

  • Kelly Martin-Shirk says:

    Helpful information, but please, turn off the background music.

  • Gordon Bartrem says:

    Thank you

  • Jasper Martin says:

    Thank you very much for this, I'm wondering if anyone knows how the Chroma brand compares to these? Given the high price of artist grade paints, I'll definitely be sticking to student grade for awhile!

  • Royal 1 Graphics says:

    Very cool thx

  • Micheal Paris says:

    Hi I really enjoy your videos. In my area I have a brand called Stevenson's Acrylics that I don't see anyone made a review yet on Youtube!

  • David Tuck says:

    I've been using Liquitex my entire life but I bought a Golden Sampler last year and WOW.. I'm a total fan now. I will still use Liquitex because I have so much of it but Golden is my #1 now for sure. I highly recommend it. Thanks for the video!

  • bidhrohi12 says:

    Seems Golden wins over Liquitex. Opacity isn't necessarily a good thing – certain colors are supposed to be less opaque, even transparent. Burnt sienna isn't supposed to be completely opaque. Opacity could be from the pigment, but it could also be due to a cloudy binder, etc.

  • Collette Gay says:

    I just started using the Artist Loft and have found while painting it leaves white streaks. I have to keep going over the area to get rid of the white streaks. Why is it doing this? What other brands do you recommend that won’t leave the white streaks?

  • Shari T says:

    Great video! Very informative– Thanks for sharing!!

  • Ela Ifill says:

    Very helpful video, thanks!!

  • Bunny Bgood says:

    Thank you. I think I'll pick Golden.

  • Bubba says:

    You are awesome, tyvm.

  • ThatOldBiddy says:

    Loved your approach to this video. Before I started my investment into acrylics I bought the same color in several brands. I came to the same conclusion. I'm a Golden Fan and have invested in that line. I've never regretted going with Golden. I do however, use other cheaper brands to block out the scene then use the Golden for the rest of the piece. That keeps the process more affordable.

  • Marilyn Barker says:

    I’m a fan of Golden. I like the intensity of their colors. Very expensive though!! I wish they had coupons!
    Good video…. thanks!!

  • Susan McInturff says:

    Good information and useful examples. Exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks

  • Cliff DaRiff says:

    Thanks…when you said 'turns white' during comparison, I think you mean turns more 'clear'and or transparent, ie loses it pigment.

  • ElizabethK says:

    Thanks! Very helpful! Would you consider Basics student grade?

  • missartsyful says:

    Finally a fair and accurate comparison!! Thank you so much. I think you should test more colors though. Having just one color is such a small sample.

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