Best Student and Beginner Oil Paints –

Oil painting can be an expensive hobby. Due to the complex, arduous processes of sourcing, grinding, and treating pigments, some paints can reach shelves with hair-raising price tags. Thankfully, you can be kind to your wallet without sacrificing too much in terms of quality. There are plenty of student-grade and hobbyist oil paints on the … Read more

L.A. Memo Paints a Dynamic Picture of Chicana/o Art

Teddy Sandoval, “Untitled” (1977–1979), xerox and airbrush on paper (image courtesy Paul Polubinskas, Teddy Sandoval Estate, © The Teddy Sandoval Estate) One of the first works in LA Memo: Chicana/o Art From 1972-1989 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is “El Arte Chicano (Color)” (1974), a small, vibrant text painting by Roberto “Beto” de … Read more

Best Liquid Tempera Paints for Quick-Drying Art Projects –

While tempera is one of the oldest forms of painting, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, it is now a preferred choice mainly for classrooms and kids’ craft projects due to its affordability and low toxicity. Made out of water-based pigment mixed with a binding agent, tempera paint dries quickly with an opaque matte … Read more

Best Iridescent Mediums for Acrylic Paints –

Looking for a way to add a little extra luster to your acrylic paintings? Rather than purchasing a new set of paints, try sppicing up your existing materials with an iridescent medium. Mix it with your acrylic base color, and your paint will not only have an iridescent shimmer but will also become slightly more … Read more

The Best Professional-Quality Oil Paints –

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission. Oil paints truly run the gamut in terms of quality and price. The best of them consist of carefully sourced, top-quality pigments that are milled, typically by hand, into consistent batches of paint that … Read more

Astrid Terrazas Paints Fantastical Scenes with Animals, Signs, Symbols –

Alive with personified creatures and borrowed symbols, Astrid Terrazas’s canvases function like tarot cards, hazy assemblages of meanings that orbit an iconic core. She crowds her canvases with depictions of windows, tile work, stained glass, and even other paintings, fracturing the picture plane with overlapping visual fields. Perspective is inconstant; some monochrome backgrounds verge on … Read more

Best Professional Pan Watercolor Paints –

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission. Watercolor paints come in two forms: in tubes of liquid paint and in pans of dried paint that must be hydrated. Which type to use is a matter of preference, but there are a … Read more

The Best Professional Heavy-Body Acrylic Paints –

Heavy-body acrylics are vital for artists who love playing with texture. These paints feature a higher viscosity than liquid paint, which makes them act almost like buttery oils, with the ability to improve brushwork and knife work once they dry. The very best heavy-body paints should contain no added extenders, opacifiers, fillers, or dyes. They … Read more