Acrylic Paints

Acrylic Paints 

We stock only the highest quality acrylic paints, available in sets and as individual colours - always at discount prices! Browse our range and order now.
  • System 3 Acrylic Paints

    Shop our selection of Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic paint, one of the leading lines of acrylics. System 3 Acrylic paint was introduced in 1987 and offers an excellent painting experience, complete with 60 vibrant colours that dry within minutes to an eggshell satin finish. Available in a variety of sizes, including 150ml, 250ml, and 500ml pots.

    We also supply an excellent variety of System 3 Acrylic paint sets, brushes, paper, mediums and screen printing items so you’ll have everything you need to create your next acrylic masterpiece.

    What are System 3 Acrylic paints?

    Produced by professional and respected colour-maker and artist supplier Daler-Rowney, System 3 Acrylics are high-quality acrylic paints that are popular among student-level artists. The consistency is soft, allowing more paint coverage with no visible brush strokes. They can be thinned with water for washes or used straight from the tube for stronger colours, and layers of this paint will dry to a glossy finish. The creamy, medium body viscosity of System 3 acrylics means that the paint is perfect for use on its own or in multi-medium compositions.

    They are suitable for use on paper, wood and canvas, as well as many other interior uses. There is a great deal of range with this product, both in colour and in tube sizes, so that they will be great for any project you are working on. 

    Is System 3 acrylic paint good for professional use?

    This range is known as a student-level acrylic due to the great painting experience it offers and its economical nature. It offers high-quality colour pigments, coverage and consistency at an affordable price. While there are more expensive and higher pigmented brands, such as Liquitex Professional or Golden, System 3 acrylics from Daler-Rowney are a great option for artists with lower budgets as well as professionals who use large quantities of paint. 

    Is System 3 acrylic paint waterproof?

    As with other types of acrylic paint, when System 3 Acrylic paints are dry they are permanent and water-resistant. This means that the paint is resistant to water, but if left outside or used for exterior purposes without extra measures, the paint may become damaged. Layers can be painted over once dry without any colour bleeding to create deep and textured compositions.

    How do I paint with System 3 Acrylic paints?

    Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic paints can be used in the same way as any acrylic paint, which are fairly simple to use. 

    For a longer-lasting masterpiece, it’s a good idea to use a primer, like Gesso, on your acrylic pad or canvas. These paints can also be combined with acrylic mediums to alter the consistency and drying times of your paints. These acrylics from Daler-Rowney can take anywhere between 30 minutes and a few hours to dry, depending on the thickness of the paint and the conditions of the room. System 3 Acrylics can be watered down on a palette or straight from the tube to create coloured washes as a background for your artwork. 

    What brushes are best for System 3 Acrylic paints?

    The brushes you use will depend on how you prefer to paint. Brushes that are best for acrylics are typically synthetic fibre brushes, as acrylics can often destroy sable brushes as they dry and harden. Acrylic brushes often experience more wear and tear, so synthetic brushes will last longer and have springier bristles than natural-hair bristles. 

    Daler-Rowney also produces a range of System 3 Acrylic brushes which would be perfect for use with these paints. The System 3 Acrylic brushes are short-handled brushes with synthetic filaments, meaning that they are resilient, flexible and affordable. They have soft, springy fibres that are great at retaining their shape after heavy use. Daler-Rowney supplies large sets of these brushes to supply you with every type of brush you might need.

    You are also at liberty to use other tools to apply paint, including palette knives, like this RGM Scuola Wooden Handle Artist set, and more. Not watering down paint and applying it in thicker layers with a knife or wedge can create interesting textures and is worth experimenting within your own art.

    How much System 3 acrylic paint do I need to buy?

    How much paint you buy is entirely up to the artist. Some people prefer to buy large tubes of paint, like the Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic 500ml pots, for larger compositions or to save money by buying in bulk. If your painting style involves layering many thick layers of paint, it is a good idea to buy large amounts of paint to save you from running out or having to limit yourself during your painting process. Using a lot of acrylic paint will create more interesting textures in your art, especially if you use more robust brushes or palette knives to apply paint. 

    If you are working on a smaller or medium-sized composition, Daler-Rowney also offers much smaller tubes of paint, with either 59ml tubes and 150ml tubes. These are a great idea if you have a more subtle painting style. Your paint can still go a long way, as you can water down paint from the tube or on a palette to make it thinner. If you want to test out the System 3 Acrylics, purchasing the smaller tube options will allow you to try out the acrylics without wasting huge amounts of paint if it does not suit your art style.

  • Acrylic Paint Sets

    Having a well-stocked supply of acrylic paints is a must for any acrylic artist, and one of the best ways to achieve this is with a great acrylic paint set. We stock a variety of quality acrylic paint sets, from wonderful art brands such as Daler-Rowney, Liquitex and Winsor & Newton. Whether you're looking for a gift for the artists in your life, want to get started yourself or need to add to your already considerable collection, browse our acrylic paint sets now.

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We offer acrylic paints in individual tubes and sets, supplied by leading paint brands like Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Daler-Rowney. For beginners, it might be best to opt for a smaller acrylic paint set, but we also have large acrylic paint sets (up to 48 pcs) in a range of acrylic colours and shades for professional and amateur artists alike. Choose that perfect colour missing from your palette, or purchase an acrylic paint set as a special gift for the artist in your life. 

Acrylic paints are a fast-drying art medium that doesn’t require any chemicals. They’re a popular choice amongst those new to painting, like hobbyists or students, and are ideal for use in craft projects. We also offer a wide range of brushes for acrylic painting, as well as an extensive range of System 3 Acrylic paint, one of the leading lines of acrylic paints, popular with artists from all walks of life. 

Is Acrylic Paint Waterproof?

No, acrylic paint is not waterproof and you will need to apply a sealer to your project if you want to make sure it is waterproof. Acrylic paint is water-resistant though so you don’t need to worry about a few drops of water on your painting.

Is Acrylic Paint Washable?

Yes, you can wash acrylic paint off clothing and surfaces while it is still wet, but it becomes much harder to clean once it has dried. The paint soaks into clothing and will stain, becoming very difficult to remove once dried.


What is Acrylic Paint?

As a mid-century invention, acrylic paint medium can still be considered a fairly young medium. However, this has not stopped acrylic paints from becoming one of the most popular types of paint to use amongst artists of all ability levels. Acrylic paint sets allow artists to create diverse art which can be manipulated with the use of mediums and other substances to create amazing and unusual art. 

There are a variety of acrylic painting techniques to experiment with, and many acrylic artists enjoy incorporating pouring mediums with their paintings. You can find out more about how to use acrylic pouring mediums when painting with acrylics in our blog. There, you can also discover infinite intermixability with Liquitex Acrylic.

Acrylic paints are created by suspending dense pigments within an acrylic polymer emulsion along with other chemicals. Acrylic is known for being a dynamic and versatile artist medium. Depending on how much you dilute your acrylic paints with water, or even modify with acrylic gels and mediums, you can manipulate the consistency of your acrylic paints so that they resemble other mediums. With different manipulation methods, you can achieve the look of oils, watercolours, gouache and more.

For this reason, many artists enjoy working with acrylic paints because they find so much freedom in working with them and are not limited to any one style.


How do you paint with acrylics?

Painting with acrylics is brilliant because it’s so easy. As already stated, you won’t need to mix acrylics with any varnishes or chemicals, as you do with oil. This means that they are ready to paint with straight from the tube, which significantly cuts down on your preparation time. All you really need to get started is a surface like canvas, your favourite brushes, a cup of water, your selected acrylic colours and a palette

In most cases, you won’t need to prime a canvas you purchased from a shop. If you stretch and mount your own canvas however, you will need to prime the canvas before beginning to apply your acrylic paints. If you opt to paint on something like a thick watercolour paper, this will need to be primed. But you can also paint on a number of other surfaces with acrylics, including wood. You can find out how to paint on wood with acrylics on our blog. 

Our blog is full of tips on painting techniques. For acrylic paints, check out our list of Amazing Acrylic Painting Techniques.

How do you use acrylic mediums and varnishes? 

Although it’s not necessary to use acrylic mediums or varnishes when painting with acrylics. If you choose to do so, you can achieve some wonderful techniques and styles that the paint alone wouldn’t allow for. Some of the most common mediums and varnishes used by acrylic artists include:

  • Pouring Medium: For artists who are keen to master the art of pouring art, this medium is a must-have. Combining a pouring medium with your acrylic paint creates a fluid effect and prevents cracking when it dries. Acrylic paint on its own does not have the necessary fluidity to achieve this effect.

  • Gesso: Acrylic gesso is the compound used to prime your canvas before painting with acrylic paints. Again, most shop bought canvas will already be primed with gesso, so this is more important if you tend to prep your own canvas. 

  • Gloss Medium: Achieve a glossy finish for your acrylic artworks with a quality gloss medium. This works by increasing transparency and enhances the depth and intensity of your colours. 

  • Slo-Dri Fluid Additive: Due to the fact that acrylic paint dries so quickly, it can make it difficult to achieve certain effects. A medium such as this allows for smoother blending and allows artists longer to work.

  • Matte Medium: Artists can add a matte medium to their acrylics if they want to achieve a non-reflective and matte finish. 

Leading Acrylic Paint Brands

You’ll find that we stock many brands of acrylic paints, some from niche brands and some from famous brands you’ll no doubt have heard of. This means that we stock paint for every experience level, from student level acrylic paints to professional level acrylics. See below for some of the acrylic paint brands we stock at Cowling & Wilcox.