Liquitex Basics Acrylic Review 48 Set Color Chart Swatch Cards and Lightfast Test
Liquitex Basics is a student grade acrylic paint. Many of their colors are multi-pigment mixtures, offering a huge selection to beginner artists. This helps students who may not be comfortable with color mixing to pick and choose from pre-made convenience colors.
Liquitex overall uses high quality, lightfast pigments and makes paints with a shelf-stable, waterproof binder. I took a break from acrylic painting for the past five years after discovering my love for watercolor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my old 48 tube set still worked like new, with only a few of the more sedimentary granulating browns (Umbers) having coagulated into a slightly thicker viscosity.
The acrylic binder is very water-soluble making it easily diluted with water for use on watercolor paper. It can even be used to create gradient washes and most colors will have a salt-texture reaction (as seen on the swatch cards below). This is not always the case in some brands with particularly thick binders that resist being able to be used with watercoloring techniques. Because they dry waterproof, they could be used in mixed media as resist layers. By painting an area with Liquitex Acrylic, it forms a glue-like waterproof film that will repel layers of watercolor, allowing for using them similarly to permanent masking fluid on watercolor paper.
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Swatch cards with pigment information, lightfast ratings and opacity notes:
If you'd like to see how each color compares to the same pigment from another brand, check out the pigment database here.