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Reviews: Arteza Acrylic Colors, The Paint Puck, Strathmore Acrylic Paper
Originally I only bought the Arteza 4 oz acrylic paint pouches in burnt umber and yellow ochre because I didn't have those colors in the Liquitex Basics, and I was curious about the highly reviewed Arteza line. Each pouch is about $8 and that is really cheap for a 4 oz (120 ml) size. At first I found the pouches worrisome, but after buying those first two colors and receiving them unblemished in the mail, I felt better about the packaging. It is probably one of the reasons the company can charge such reasonable prices for quality materials. I decided to buy pouches of the Naples Yellow and Rose Madder, and these also arrived undamaged. I have had no problems using the pouches, either. Just don't squeeze too hard!
|This is what the Arteza pouches look like|
(image from Amazon product listing)
The paint itself is of equal quality to Liquitex Basics acrylic paints, which I have reviewed in a previous post. They have a creamy smooth consistency and impressive pigment load, and they dry to a satin finish. I was able to blend them with the Liquitex paints, gel medium and Golden Satin Glazing Liquid without any issues. The colors are vibrant, and the ones I have used dry with very monir color shift. I used the four colors of Arteza along with Liquitex white and burnt sienna to make a small painting, which is still a WIP.
|I can do better, but I plan to finish her over the weekend.|
(painting by Pumibel)
You can buy Arteza paints in sets of smaller tubes if you want to try them out without having a large amount of paint left over. I think they are rather good paints for students and raggedy artists. Like all acrylics, they dry fast, so if you need more work time, be sure to buy an acrylic medium like the ones I mentioned above. Liquitex makes dozens of mediums that you can buy in small bottles for reasonable prices.
|This is the set I bought, but there are many colors available|
(image from the Amazon product listing)
|Strathmore Acrylic Pad|
(Image from Amazon product listing)