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03-07-2001, 12:31 AM
Hi there,

I am looking to buy a gift for a friend of mine. They enjoy painting in their spare time and have completed a degree in fine arts. I have thought of buying a selection of high quality, professional paints for them but, not being an artist myself, I am unsure what is good quality and what is not.

I have visited a local arts supplier and they suggested Winsor and Newton "Finity" artist acrylics as being the best available.

I would appreciate any opinions that can be offered as to whether this is a good quality paint and, if not, suggestions as to what might be good.

Thankyou in advance.

Gary B
03-07-2001, 06:44 AM
I use W & N and Liquitex. Some colors are better in different brands.

It's a personal thing, but I believe your friend would appreciate the thoughtful gift.

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03-07-2001, 07:30 AM
I think you would have better luck finding an answer if you posted this in the acrylic forum.

I personally prefer the liquitex in jars. The concentrated colors.


03-07-2001, 08:13 AM
You probably will find better luck in the Acrylic section but when I took a class once, Golden was suggested by the instructor as being a pretty good brand and I believe that it is a good brand.

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03-07-2001, 11:39 AM
Moving this thread to the Acrylics forum... :-)


B. Scott Burkett
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03-07-2001, 11:49 PM
Temporal, unless you know your friend wants to work with acrylics, I'd suggest you go to the www.cheapjoes.com (http://www.cheapjoes.com) or www.misterart.com (http://www.misterart.com) and purchase a gift certificate for your friend. Or drop into a local art supply store and pick up a gift certificate...one of the things I love to do most is pick out my own artsy stuff!

I think you are a very thoughtful friend!

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03-08-2001, 12:37 AM
When I first started I bought "Basic" which I think is from Liquitex Brand. They are probably student quality but they don't cost a lot and I still have paintings I did over 13 years ago with them and the quality of the color is still fabulous.
Just a thought.

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03-08-2001, 06:10 AM
Thankyou for all your advice and apologies for initially posting this thread in the wrong area.

From reading all the responses I gather it is very much a matter of personal preference which would indicate a gift certificate would be the more practical choice. However, I would much prefer getting the paints themselves as I'm not a big fan on gift certificates. So long as the Weston and Newton "Finality" paints are of high quality they will suffice, they don't necessarily have to be the best.

Once again I thankyou for your advice and your time.