Stretch your creative limits
We believe in you as an artist. In your talent and free spirit. We are here to offer you the broadest range of high-quality acrylic paint and supporting tools to help you express your creativity. Be bold, be colorful.
What started with our Amsterdam Standard Series, a broad range of acrylic colors made with high-grade pigments, has evolved into a unique range of intermixable products with the Amsterdam Expert Series, acrylic markers, spray paint, auxiliaries and more. Together, they offer new creative opportunities – and they all work together perfectly, of course.
Let Amsterdam inspire you – and empower you to push your creative boundaries!
Acrylic mediums are incredibly useful because they allow you to adjust the properties of the paint to your preferences. Whether you want to make your paint thicker, glossier, thinner or more matt, everything is possible with Amsterdam’s extensive assortment of mediums, ranging from slow drying to thickening and pouring mediums in different variations and sizes. For special effects and textures, we offer an extensive range of effect mediums to choose from as well. Find out all you need to know about acrylic mediums in this blog!
Acrylic paint is a super versatile type of paint that can be used on virtually any surface. As long as the surface is clean and slightly absorbent. If a surface you want to work on isn’t ideal for acrylic paint, however, you might want to add a primer. In this blog, we will answer some common questions about priming and prepping for acrylic paint to help you prepare for your next piece like a pro.
If you want to work alla prima, also known as direct painting or wet-on-wet, using acrylic colors, you need to act quickly as acrylic paint dries quite fast. Buy yourself some extra time to create stunning color transitions, blend colors smoothly and allow yourself to work on the same area for longer using Amsterdam slow drying medium or acrylic retarder.
In this video, we show you how to thicken your acrylic paint using Amsterdam thickening medium. For a sharper, more visible brush stroke, you can add this thickening medium to your paint and create a luscious, thick consistency. You only have to add a small amount to your acrylic colors to get the desired effect. This medium does not affect the color intensity or opacity of the paint since you only need a small amount.
Acrylic colors can easily be thinned using water. If, however, you use large amounts of water, only a small amount of acrylic resin will be left on your work. The pigments will not be properly protected and might smudge once the water has evaporated. It also makes the paint film thinner and more fragile, which increases the risk of damage during transportation or when being wrapped up. Very thin paint may also have trouble adhering to certain surfaces. To prevent this from happening, thin your paint using Amsterdam acrylic medium!
Did you know you can use traditional glazing techniques with acrylic paint as well? Amsterdam glazing medium allows you to add those even, transparent layers to your work. This medium makes your paint smoother, easier to spread and more even (without visible brush strokes). The medium is self-leveling, so it helps you create those beautiful glazing layers to achieve an optical color mixing effect with the colors of the underlying layers. Glazing works especially well with transparent colors in the final layers of your painting. Adding a medium also makes the paint film even more elastic and flexible.
If you’re looking for some extra volume and dimension, try mixing your acrylic colors with one of the Amsterdam gel mediums. These mediums offer a sharper, pastier texture and give your work, depending on the selected gel, a glossier or more matt finish. Due to their adhesive properties, these gels also work well for different mixed media techniques. Keep in mind that these mediums contain water, so they will lose volume during the drying process when the water evaporates. These gel mediums are available in gel, heavy gel and extra heavy gel versions.
Protect your work from dust, dirt and other external influences with Amsterdam acrylic varnishes. Make your work last and give it the protection it deserves. Amsterdam varnishes provide a durable, flexible, reversible and non-yellowing seal to not only acrylic paintings, but oil paintings as well! Amsterdam varnish does not yellow and can be thinned and cleaned from brushes with white spirit. Dry varnish layers can also be removed using white spirit.