Product guides

Which paint should I choose?

On this page, we can guide you to the right paint – regardless of which creative project you are about to start. We have many different types, and each paint is designed for specific surfaces and materials – which is why we also want to make sure you get the paint that gives you the best results. Follow our guide to find out which paint to use.

Paint for art on canvas

We recommend acrylic paint specially developed for use on canvas. Acrylic is characterised by its thick, pasty consistency, which makes it possible to apply a number techniques, for example filling. At the same time, it also has a high content of light-fast colour pigment, which prevents the painting’s colours from fading in sunlight.

Good artist color for children

Good quality

Studio quality

Paint for decorating wood, papier-mâché and similar

We recommend acrylic paint specially developed for use on canvas. Acrylic is characterised by its thick, pasty consistency, which makes it possible to apply a number techniques, for example filling. At the same time, it also has a high content of light-fast colour pigment, which prevents the painting’s colours from fading in sunlight.

Silk matt when dry

Silk matt when dry

Matt when dry

Intense metal effect

Paint for painting projects for children

We recommend paints that are water-based. You can let even small children use the products in this category when experimenting with the art of painting. The paint is suitable for use on thin card, cardboard and paint boards, and is equally popular for painting on light-coloured items such as plaster gauze, pulp, polystyrene and wood (darker items should be primed first). All you need to decide is what effect the paint will have.

Semi-comprehensive

Semi-comprehensive

Semi-comprehensive

Paint for decorating textiles

Paints for textile decoration have a special feature. When the paint is dry – often after ironing – it retains its bright colour, even after the textile piece has been washed. Choose between different types depending on the purpose and fabric type, as well as whether you want to apply the colour with a brush or with a marker. You can also decorate textiles with special 3D paint for dots or text in relief, for example. This does not require fixing, and the finished piece can then be carefully washed by hand.

Used on light fabrics

Suitable for smaller children

For dyeing cotton

Used for details

Paint for decorating glass and porcelain

Paint developed for use on glass and porcelain adheres well to most smooth surfaces. Some types will even be safe for dishwashers after being heat-fixed in a conventional oven, while others are fine to wash with mild detergent by hand. In addition, you need to decide which finish you want and whether you want to apply the paint with a brush or marker. Glass and porcelain paint is also suitable for use on plastic, for example, as well as untreated, light terracotta.

Not dishwasher safe

Not dishwasher safe

Dishwasher safe

Dishwasher safe

Dishwasher safe

 

Choice of paint

Should you choose acrylic paint, porcelain paint, watercolour paint or textile paint? It can be difficult to navigate the different types of paint – and at least as difficult to choose the right one for your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to make it easier to choose. If you follow our guide, you're guaranteed to find a paint that suits you and your creative project. Read more about our paints and markers below.

 

Acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is a versatile paint that you can use for all kinds of creative projects – it has a thick consistency (high viscosity), dries quickly and has countless possibilities. You can use it as it is – or you can thin it down with water. Due to the short drying time of acrylics, you can also paint on top of your work without this affecting the colours. But if you’re dreaming of creating beautiful pictures on canvases, you’ll need a very specific acrylic paint – one designed for canvases. This kind of acrylic paint has a texture that is both thick and paste-like – and will ensure that you get the best results when painting on canvases. Afterwards, you can safely hang your finished artwork up somewhere bright and sunny – because acrylic paint has high colour pigments in lightfast quality, which prevent the colours from fading in sunlight. 

Visit our universe of ideas and find lots of exciting projects with acrylic paint.

 

Paint for wood, papier-mâché and similar

Our wide range also includes paints for absorbent surfaces, such as wood, clay, terracotta, papier-mâché, pulp and plaster gauze. Here, we talk about our water-based craft paints. This type of paint dries evenly with full coverage and is waterproof and viscous – and you can even choose between liquid paint and markers. Posca markers are particularly good if you want to make fine details on your artwork, such as lines, dots and patterns. Posca markers are some of the best-known acrylic pens on the market, which is why we also have a large selection of Posca markers on our website – here, you can get Posca markers in different variants, thicknesses and colours.

Browse our universe of ideas and find lots of fun colour projects – for example, you can paint on wood or paint on papier-mâché

 

Porcelain paint

If you want to create colourful expressions on porcelain and glass, you need the right paint. The paint needs to work on smooth surfaces and be designed for use on glass and porcelain – which is why porcelain paint is the obvious choice. You can use it to decorate an array of beautiful items for your home – from mugs, bowls and dishes to plates, vases and porcelain hanging decorations. And if you want to draw or write on porcelain, you can use our glass and porcelain markers – or you can use our Posca markers. Just remember to choose a line thickness that suits your purpose.

Explore our idea universe and be inspired by our wealth of projects with glass and porcelain paint

 

FAQ

What is paint?

Paint is a liquid material that consists of colour pigment and binder, among other ingredients. It comes in many different variants, such as acrylic paint, watercolour paint, textile paint, porcelain paint, glass paint and metal paint  –giving you plenty of opportunities to be creative. You can decorate, colour and write with paint – which is why it's so indispensable when you want to get creative with colours.

Which paint should I choose?

You should always choose a paint that suits your creative project. First and foremost, it is the material that determines which paint to use – because not all paint suits all types of surfaces. For example, if you want to paint on wood, clay or terracotta, you should choose a paint that is suitable for absorbent surfaces – and if you want to paint on porcelain, you should choose a paint that works on glazed and smooth surfaces. See our guide and find the paint that suits you and your project.

Which paint is best?

You can find many excellent paints in our selection – including porcelain paint, acrylic paint and watercolour paint and respected brands such as Posca and Plus Color. But the best paint is always the one that suits the purpose. For example, if you want to paint on wood, clay, terracotta or papier-mâché, water-based craft paint is best – and if you want to paint small details on stones, glass or textiles, Posca markers are the ideal choice. Check out our guide to find the best paint for you and your creative project. 

What kind of sheen should I choose?

You should choose the sheen that best suits your needs. The gloss in the paint indicates how much of the paint consists of lacquer. If, for example, a paint has a sheen of 5, the paint consists of 5% lacquer. A low-sheen paint will be more matte while a high-sheen paint is more glossy. So you should choose your sheen according to the look you want to achieve.

 

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