Today I’m going to be reviewing Amsterdam Standard Series Paint for you.
What is Amsterdam Paint?
Amsterdam is a line of acrylic paints from the Dutch company, Royal Talens, which also makes the lines, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Standard Series is the student line. Amsterdam also has a professional line called Expert Series, which I have not used.
How Lightfast Are Amsterdam Standard Series Paints?
I talked about lightfastness in my post about student grade paint, but I’ll reiterate it here. Lightfastness is the ability of a medium to resist fading in light, particularly sunlight. Amsterdam has a lightfastness rating that’s symbolized by plus signs.
Three plus signs on a tube means that color will resist fading for up to 100 years, “in museum conditions”, according to Royal Talens’s website. Two plus signs means it will resist fading for 25-100 years.
What Is It Like To Work With Amsterdam Standard Series?
Pretty nice, actually. I would describe the texture as being somewhere between creamy and fluid. I personally find it very pleasant. I’m going to do a quick demonstration for you so you can see how it spreads on the canvas.
My Personal History With Amsterdam Standard Series
I’ve been using Amsterdam for a few years now. I had been using Liquitex Basics, but the art store I’d been going to and that I really liked, stopped carrying them and an employee told me that the Amsterdam Standard Series line was comparable to Liquitex Basics, so I decided I would start using them, and that brings me to my last point, which is…
How Similar Are Amsterdam Stardard Series and Liquitex Basics?
The answer is, similar enough that I can use both in the same painting, during the same painting session and not notice a difference in the textures. Just for this video, though, I’m going to a quick side by side comparison of five equivalent colors in both lines. In the video below, I'm showing a comparison between the two brands.
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