Paints for Professional Artists

What paints do professionals use?

Professionals use paints that have proven durability and long-lasting color. Traditional paints include oils, tempera, watercolors, and gouache. In the past century, new paints were developed and adopted by professionals. These include acrylics and alkyds. More recently, encaustic and wax paints have received much attention from artists.

How to distinguish the quality of paint

The quality of paint depends largely on the pigment and pigment concentration compared to the total volume of the paint. To determine the quality of paint, artists should understand the type of pigments used in paint and their relative lightfastness or degree by which they retain their color.

Why is paint so expensive?

The biggest cost of paint is pigment. Pigments make up a large volume of artists’ paint and also the highest cost of all the materials used to make paint. The cost of pigments ranges from tens to hundreds of dollars per kilogram. Rare historical pigments can even cost thousands of dollars per kilogram. So, it is no surprise that artists’ paints are expensive.


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Art Material Advisor on Oil Colors

Historical Yellow Oil Colors

In this episode of Natural Pigments' Art Materials Advisor, Tatiana Zaytseva discusses the history of yellow pigments used by artists from medieval times to the 20th Century. She shows you the characteristics of Naples Yellow, Lead-Tin Yellow, Chrome Yellows, and Orpiment.

Historical Green Oil Colors

In this episode of Natural Pigments' Art Materials Advisor, Tatiana Zaytseva, cofounder of Natural Pigments, covers the history of green pigments and hues and shows you how each green mixes with a variety of colors.


Art Material Advisor on Watercolors and Ceracolors

Twelve New Rublev Colours Watercolors

In the Art Materials Advisor, we introduce 12 new watercolors covering a range of hues from blue, green, yellow, and red to purple. Watch demonstrations of each color and how they play with others.

Ceracolors Waterborne Cold Wax Paint

Sculpt it. Manipulate it. Water it down. Heat it up. The possibilities are endless with Ceracolors Waterborne Wax Paint. Join Tatiana Zaytseva, a cofounder of Natural Pigments, for this live discussion and demonstration of Ceracolors, the solvent-free Cold Wax Paint.


Featured Oil Paints

  1. Rublev Colours Titanium White Artist Oil
    Titanium White Oil Paint
    As low as $25.30
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  2. Rublev Colours Mars Red Light Oil Paint
    Mars Red Oil Paint
    As low as $17.10
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  3. Rublev Colours Mars Red Light Oil Paint
    Mars Red Light Oil Paint
    As low as $17.10
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  4. Rublev Colours Mars Yellow Oil Paint
    Mars Yellow Oil Paint
    As low as $17.10
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  5. Rublev Colours Mixing White Artist Oil Paint
    Mixing White Oil Paint
    As low as $14.90
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  6. Rublev Colours Mars Crimson Artist Oil
    Mars Crimson Oil Paint
    As low as $17.10
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  7. Rublev Colours Viridian artists oil paint
    Viridian Oil Paint
    As low as $46.80
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  8. Rublev Colours Titanium White Artist Oil Paint
    Lead-Titanium White Oil Paint
    As low as $38.00 Regular Price $46.80
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  9. Rublev Colours Mars Brown Artist Oil
    Mars Brown Oil Paint
    As low as $20.40
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