This question was asked in the comments on an earlier post and I thought the answer might be useful to other painters. So I am putting it on as a post here.
“I want to give someone some acrylics as a birthday present – they’ve been painting for a year or so, so I don’t want to give cheap student grade and insult them, but I don’t want to over-do it with top quality – any suggestions?”
I think the ideal solution is our own make of acrylic: Jackson’s Artists’ Acrylic Colour. They might be just what you are after.
We are really pleased with the quality and the price is excellent, so they really are the best of both worlds. You get artist grade paint at student grade prices. With the highest quality lightfast pigments at a concentrated strength and premium acrylic resin I am sure your gift recipient would be happy to receive these.
If you are not a painter yourself picking a set might be confusing and I would like to recommend a selection of colours for a good starter set. If you have these eight basic colours: a warm and cool blue, a warm and cool yellow, a warm and cool red, a dark neutral (also useful for mixing with ultramarine for black) and a white you can mix most any colour you need. You can add more earth tones, greens, violet and any specialist colours as you like, but you will probably want to at least start with these colours.
- Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Lemon Yellow
- Cadmium Yellow Genuine
- Alizarin Crimson Hue
- Cadmium Red Genuine
- Burnt Umber
- Titanium White
I am sure your gift will be a great success and I hope the birthday boy or girl has a wonderful time painting!
Jackson’s Artist Acrylic Paints are 41 colours that are available in 60 ml tubes & 250 ml pots. White is also available in 225 ml, 500 ml & 1000 ml.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses from jacksonsart.com is free for orders of £39.