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The 6 Best Acrylic Paints To Buy Online in India

Whether you are a student of art, a professional painter or paint as a hobby, acrylic paints are a great choice to work with. These water-based acrylic emulsion paints are economic, dry fast, offer a range of colours and are easy to use. Available in many grades (student/artist) in India, acrylic paints are versatile and can be used in a wide variety of materials like canvas, paper, terracotta or wood. Best results are achieved when painting on porous materials. If painting has to be done on plastic or metal, a proper undercoat and overcoat should be done to protect the painting. Using various acrylic mediums the paint effects can be created to look like watercolours or oil painting.

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Having seen the quick verdicts above, let us now dive deep into the individual paints and see what makes them the best acrylic paints that you can buy online in India. As you might already know, the paints come in two categories – Student Grade and Artist Grade. Let us look at them one by one

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Student Grade Acrylic Paints

Acrylic Paints vary by a lot of different factors based on the way it is manufactured and the way it is meant to be used. These determine the price of the product and naturally the colour output that you get with the acrylic paint. Acrylic Paints that are usually cheaper and easier to use (no mixing needed) are categorised as student grade acrylic paints. These are ideal acrylic paints for beginners and hobbyists. Let us now take a look at the 3 best student grade acrylic paints that you can buy online in India.

Camlin Kokuyo 40/20ml 12/18 Colours Acrylic Paint Set 

Camlin Kokuyo Artist 40ml Acrylic Color Shade - 12 Shades (Multicolor)
  Colours: 12/18span>
  Volume: 40/20ml each
  Packing: Tubes in Box
  Consistency: Smooth
  Bonus: Free Retarder + Gel

Though billed as an artist’s set, this is ideal for serious students, beginners and those who want to try out painting as a hobby.

  • Total number of shades: 12/18
  • Add on – Gel medium and Retarder Medium. The retarder medium delays drying and gel medium gives the paint thickness.
  • Ideal for Canvas, paper, terracotta or wood. Also suitable for metal, plastic  and many other surfaces
  • If you want more quantity and less variety pick the 12 colour set.
  • If you want more variety and less quantity you can pick the 18 colour set.
  • Priced economically it offers good value for money.

Daler-Rowney System 3 Original Selection Acrylic Paint Set 

Daler Rowney System 3 Selection Colour -Set of 8 X 75 ml
  Colours: 8
  Volume: 75ml each
  Packing: Tubes in Box
  Consistency: Stiff to buttery
  Bonus: Artist Grade at Student Price

Daler-Rowney is a well-known brand in art and printing materials. They have a range of acrylic colours for both artists and students and their student range is named System 3.

  • They are comparatively cheaper than true artist brands like Golden so are ideal for large area of painting and undercoats.
  • Although we’ve recommended the Original Selection Set here, the paints are also available as single tubes so you can pick and choose the colour you want immediately and build up a collection.
  • The range is good with 60 colours
  • Use directly from tube for thicker finishes
  • Mix with water for thin finishes
  • All colours are intermixable

  Colours: 1 per Bottle (20+ Available)
  Volume: 500ml each
  Packing: Plastic Bottles
  Consistency: Light
  Bonus: Large Qty per Bottle

Fevicryl is India’s very own favourite brand for all things artsy. Their line of acrylic paints is superbly priced in order to be affordable to everyone.  Let us look at a few of its key features:

  • Value for money if you are considering individual colours
  • Range is limited to around 20 colours
  • Colour is lightfast and holds true
  • Colours are intermixable
  • Quick drying time

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Artist Grade Acrylic Paints

Acrylic Paints that are manufactured with the best materials and those that have been tested for aspects such as longevity, UV-resistance, colour trueness, etc. are categorised as Artist Grade Acrylic Paints. These are usually expensive and one should buy the colours that they need as per the use. It is generally a good idea to build up your colour set over time. Let us now take a look at the best artist-grade acrylic paints that you can buy online in India.

Golden Heavy Body 59ml Tubes 

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints 59ML Grey(Titanium White)
  Colours: 1 per Tube (100+ Available)
  Volume: 59ml each
  Packing: Tubes
  Consistency: Smooth/Soft to Buttery
  Bonus: Provides a thick matte finish

Golden produces high quality acrylic paints for artists. They have an extensive range of colours and supporting medium like gels and molding pastes for altering the paint thickness and matte finish.

  • Their range is extensive with more than 100+ colours.
  • Golden also produces a range of slow drying paint under the “Golden Open” brand. The range is limited but covers all basic colours. These colours stay usable for hours without drying up.
  • High Flow is their brand of fluid acrylic paint.

Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Paints 

Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paint 2-oz tube, Titanium White
  Colours: 1 per Tube (100+ Available)
  Volume: 59ml each
  Packing: Tubes
  Consistency: Buttery & sticky/Soft to Buttery
  Bonus: Ideal when using a knife

Liquitex is a renowned paint brand that manufactures super high quality Professional grade paints for artists across the globe. Their products are now available for Indian Artists through Amazin India. Let us now take a look at a few product features.

  • The texture is buttery and sticky so ideal when using a knife or thick painting (impasto).
  • Highly pigmented for true colours
  • Offers smooth satin finish
  • Intermixable
  • Wide range of 105 colours
  • Available in 30 ML bottles and 2 Oz (59ml) tubes

Colour Technik Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set 

Color Technik Acrylic Paint Bottles Set for Painting Canvas, Wood, Clay, Fabric, Nail Art and Ceramic, Rich Pigments (18x59ml, 2 Oz)
  Colours: 18
  Volume: 59ml each
  Packing: Plastic Bottles
  Consistency: Soft Flowy
  Bonus: Ideal gift for Artists

Although not directly for sale in India, we can still buy this wonderful Acrylic Paint set thanks to Amazon Sellers who ship it directly from the United States. However, this does take a couple of weeks to arrive, so be sure to order well in advance if you are planning to gift it for someone’s birthday.

  • The texture is flowy so it naturally works well with soft brushes.
  • Highly pigmented for true colours
  • Offers a silky and vibrant texture
  • Intermixable
  • Comes in a neat gift box set

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Acrylic Paint Buyer’s Guide

Student Grade Acrylic Paints

  • Understand your skill level and buy accordingly (beginner/intermediate/graduate)
  • All brands use intermixable colours. Try them out to gain experience
  • Use gel medium to thicken your painting
  • Use retarders to delay the drying out time.
  • Always use purified water to avoid fungal attack on the paints. This happens especially with those in bottles.

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Artist Grade Acrylic Paints

  • The colours last a long while so opt for high quality brands and build up your colour collection gradually. Example- Golden
  • Use acrylic mediums to achieve the desired paint effect. You can tweak the transparency or texture of the painting.
  • Always use purified water to avoid fungal attack on the paints. This happens especially with those in bottles.
  • Sedimentation can happen due to the pigments. Regularly stir/shake the paints when not in use. Stir with a brush if sedimentation persists.


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