Hello Friends and welcome to my blog. I am reviewing Grumbacher Academy Acrylics. Although l was a Grumbacher Fine Art acrylic painting instructor at Michael's in Kingston for two years, I am not being sponsored to review this brand. I have been painting with acrylics for 21 years and l have tried many different acrylic products. I am going to give you my honest opinions on these acrylic paints. I effectively and mainly paint with Grumbacher acrylics and my students and l have been able to achieve numerous acrylic painting techniques with stunning performances and results.
After reading about Grumbacher, l was intrigued to learn that they have been established since 1905, they must be doing something right as they have been trusted by many artists, far and wide. By 1960s, Grumbacher became an art materials empire, offering artists nearly every supply thinkable. Today the Grumbacher brand is owned by an American manufacturer called Chartpak Inc, who take great pride in providing quality products and service. “Max Grumbacher” started in the industry by hand making brushes, very inspiring as he started his business at his kitchen table. What impresses me the most about this company, is all the multi-media products, and online educational information offered, such as “Thalo”, I am proud to be a team member in this ever growing community.
Grumbacher Academy acrylics always impress me, as the colors are so vibrant, and when adding water or gloss mediums, they retain their pigments. This is significant, and of value to me as l use a lot of washes in my work and these colors never disappoint me. The consistency and buttery like feel to these paints makes me want to dip my fingers into the palette and feel how soft they are. They are smooth and easy to blend. I can’t say that l have ever had an issue blending with these acrylics. They are also a thicker acrylic, so for those of you who like a bit of texture in your work, try them out, you will be pleasantly surprised. The versatility that these acrylics offer is superb. They are not as fast drying as other brands l have used giving you more time to play and blend with them, and l like that they don’t dry dull in color. I do use the Grumbacher varnish to protect my work and in doing so, my paintings offer a color punch that is incredible once varnished. I have had clients ask me if l use oils on my acrylic paintings, that’s how vibrant these colors are.
48 intense colors are offered in Grumbacher Academy brand, including metallic and iridescent colors. They are all rated excellent in light-fastness, and they are AP approved, meaning that this product is safe and certified in a toxicological evaluation, to contain no toxins to humans. You can purchase these acrylics in 75, 90 and 200 ml tubes, as well as a variety of different sets, from sets of ten, 24 ml tubes, introductory set of six 90 ml tubes, many sets are offered and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality you gain. I feel like l am getting professional quality paints at student prices. Does that raise your eyebrow?
By now l am hoping that you are intrigued by this product? They are a must have in your acrylic paint collection, and if you are considering on trying acrylic painting then give these acrylics a try or join my Grumbacher acrylic classes every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm, we have loads of fun and you learn many tips and tricks. For more information and to get you registered, ask a Michael’s team member in Kingston, Ontario.
I give these Grumbacher Academy acrylics two thumbs up!
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