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Frequently Asked Questions - student grade

FAQs - student grade

I always use professional grade paints and here is why. Cheaper brands, often marketed as student grade, are really a false economy.  In order to reduce the cost for these paints, manufacturers reduce the "pigment load" or the amount of pigment in relation to the medium (such as gum Arabic for watercolours). The pigments are also often replaced or reduced with artificial colouring that may not react in the same way as true pigment would for a particular hue. Chalk and other fillers further reduce the quality your colours.  You would need to use far more paint and in many cases can never achieve the proper saturation. My collection includes Winsor & Newton, Da Vinci and M. Graham but there are many other quality brands of artist grade paint.