I have tried several brands of paint and I seem to really be settling in with the Liquitex Artist Grade, Full Body tube acrylics after using the Americana Decoart Acrylics for a number of years.
The Liquitex is a fuller bodied paint that enables you to get a good deal of texture comparable to oils and yet they are creamy and smooth and give a nice, smooth, ridgeless painting as well so it is like having the best of 2 worlds which is great. I love painting scenery and landscapes so these paints allow me to create some marvelous texture and yet with a still life, portrait, etc. I get a flawless finish.
The colors are vibrant so you use less to get the coverage desired, the finish is between a semigloss and a matte so it is just perfect...
I painted the same design, using the same colors in each brand and found the finished project to be quite different in each brand and confirmed; to myself, that with the Liquitex I have found what I have been looking for. I have a recipe book that I use to help me when I am "stuck" which helps me in mixing colors and I have found the Liquitex to run "true" with the book and has helped me to learn so much about "colors" with ease of learning through "doing". It is great to have such a reference tool at ones' disposal.
Will I continue to use Americana, and Matisse? You bet, but my first choice will continue to be the Liquitex, especially when I paint to sell.
There has been so much "talk" about the Traditions paints by Americana as well as the High Density Folk Art paints. I bought a few colors in each of these
two lines and worked with them in a couple of different designs and techniques and although they were "nice" they definately lacked what I was looking for in a paint.
I feel as if I have taken a step up and hopefully the change will be reflected in my finished pieces.
I am working on a couple of new designs and have a new excitement just as I did when I was first learning to paint. The experimentation is awesome, and the mediums I so love work great with the Liquitex also and I am obtaining the effects I am after easier, quicker, and with much less frustration.