Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:41 pm

Here are some of the acrylic paints that were in our opinion incredibly cheap but gave excellent results.

1. Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

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Intro

Available in a set consisting of eighteen 2-ounce containers, these acrylic paints by Apple Barrel are not just populous; they are also some of the cheapest in the market. They are perfect for artists who are heavily limited by cost. Operating under their parent company Plaid, Apple Barrel has been in operation since 1976, and it is no surprise that there are a lot of artists who prefer their acrylic paint. The quality of the acrylic paint is excellent with a silky consistency that applies onto surfaces smoothly. The paint is easy to clean and dries up quickly with a luxurious but soft matte sheen.

Pros

  • The acrylic paint can be used on Wood, plaster, tin, craft foam, Styrofoam, terra cotta, and many other surfaces.
  • It is non-toxic which means artists can use it freely without worrying about coming into harm.
  • You can use brushes, stamps, stencils or a sponge for application.
  • The paints can be bought individually or in a set.

Cons

  • The paint is a bit thin and watery meaning that you will probably require a few color coats to achieve your desired look.

 

2. Castle Art Supplies Acrylic Paint Set

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Intro

An acrylic paint that delivers outstanding results, the castle art supplies acrylic paint set is a budget set which gives you bang for the buck. The paint’s consistency, quality, and vibrancy are elements that a good number of artists appreciate because these elements remained the same with all 48 colors in the set. This set makes for an excellent gift for individuals interested in diving into the art word of acrylic painting.

Pros

  • It adheres to surfaces quite well and is ideal for decorative painting.
  • With 48 colors and the moderate price of $.03 per milliliter of paint, you get value for your money.
  • It does not dry out quickly.

Cons

  • Restocking these acrylic paints from castle art supplies is almost impossible unless you purchase the entire set.
  • The quantity of product is very little when compared to other “cheap” acrylic paints.

 

3. Color Technik Acrylic Paint

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Intro

Purchased as a set made up of eighteen 2-ounce bottles, the acrylic paint by Color Technik is a professional grade level acrylic paint that can be used to paint medium and large-scale artworks. The high pigment load is guaranteed to deliver vibrancy to your art pieces despite the limited number of color options. Unlike some variants of acrylic paints available in the market, these paints by Color Technik barely have any color shift regardless of whether they are wet or dry. The paints are safe to use as they are non-toxic.

Pros

Canvas, fabric, paper, ceramic, clay, wood, metal, crafts and even nails, this acrylic paint can be used on almost any surface.
The paints dry extremely fast.
The paints are versatile and can be used with a lot of painting techniques.

Cons

  • The color options are limited to 18 colors, but a professional artist who has mastered the skill of color mixing will do just fine when handling these acrylic paints.
  • Restocking finished bottles of color is impossible unless you buy the entire set of acrylic paints.

 

4. Acrylic paints by Benicci

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Intro

If there is a paint that caught us by surprise, it would be these acrylic paints by Benicci. This is because not only is the paint extremely affordable, but the manufacturers of the paint set give you additional value by including a palette knife, a sponge and not one but twelve paint brushes. It is like they got into their customers’ shoes and understand how expensive art supplies are. They also facilitated for beginners to take a deep dive into acrylic painting and develop their technique range by learning how to dab with the sponge and mix colors with the palette knife. The acrylic paint set by Benicci consists of 24 color pigments in 12 ml tubes. This color range is diverse enough to achieve your intended artwork. The pigment load in the paints is also high which means you will get vibrant results with your artwork.

Pros

  • Additional art supplies in the package to jumpstart a beginner’s art career.
  • Has a six-month replacement or money back guarantee
  • The paint can be applied on multiple surfaces.
  • It is safe for use and is quick drying.

Cons

  • The brushes included in the package have synthetic fiber which can sometimes be rough for artwork.

 

Final thoughts

As with other art supplies and mediums, acrylic paints are often graded and categorized into two major levels specifically the artist/professional grade and the beginner/student grade. These two categories usually have clear distinctions between them; however, it is not always necessary to pay a premium cost for admission. While the price of a medium or in this case the acrylic paint could imply value and high quality, this is not always true as you can find some perfect acrylic paints cheaply.

The critical thing to remember when picking your acrylic paint is that you need to be on the lookout for signs such as the permanence, the viscosity, hue, and quality of the paint which determine whether the paint will deliver exceptional results or otherwise.

Once you have tacked the concern of acrylic paint permanence, viscosity, hue, and quality, using acrylic paint is easy and straightforward. Aside from letting your paint dry, the only other thing you need to do before using acrylic paint is to prime the surface. Priming before paint application helps the paint adhere to the surface even better and decreases the quantity of paint/ color layers that you will need to apply on your surface. Gesso is a filler and pigment combination that is used as a primer before acrylic paint is applied onto the surface because it gives the surface additional tooth and texture. If this is your first time attempt at acrylic painting or you are just looking into what acrylic paint options are available in the market, we hope our list has been helpful.

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