DOODLEWASH REVIEW: Liquitex Arylic Ink Muted & Transparent Collections

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set

Today’s Supply post features Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink Muted Collection and Transparent Set.

Just prior to my self-imposed 2017 supply cut off, I slipped this order in on December 29, 2016. The inspiration to share about these lovely inks showed up, so here we go.

One of my favorite supplies is white FW Acrylic Ink, and I get asked about it periodically. I’ve been a fan of acrylic inks for some time, but never wanted to use them outright as a main medium, until I got these. This post has some simple swatches, some not so serious art journal examples, and one small painting. 

These swatches are in a 4”x 6” Stillman & Birn Gamma Series art journal.  That other little book at the bottom is a Moleskine Extra Small notebook, which I abused the heck out of the thin paper testing these inks.  It did surprisingly well, and I also used it in a couple of the examples below.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set in a Stillman & Birn Gamma Series journal

Left page in the Gamma journal is the Transparent Collection which are earth tones- Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna

Right page in the Gamma journal is the Muted Collection – Pink, Violet, Turquoise, Green, Grey. The Grey has a purplish tint to it.  I find it to be quite lovely.  Both sets intermix wonderfully with each other.  I’m glad that I got them at the same time, because they provide more of a complete palette.  I’m impressed by all of them, and I normally I gravitate towards pinks, but the Turquoise knocks it out of the park.

On Amazon, the Muted Collection Boxed Set is retailing for around $40, but I’ve seen it go for a little higher and lower on there- I watched it for months.  It was cheaper to order the five colors open stock (individually) from Dick Blick.  The cost for the five Muted Colors was about $30 doing that- $6.01 for a 30ml/1oz bottle.  I don’t see the Muted Collection sold as a boxed set on Dick Blick.Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set

The boxed set description says it’s ten pieces, the five inks, and five collection cards- I don’t care about cards, or the giant packaging. The photo to the right came from the Liquitex site and is how the boxed sets are packaged.

The bottles come with droppers in the lids, which are handy for adding a bit at a time to the palette or page.  Once dry, they do not rewet.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set

The Transparent Set on Dick Blick was about $13 for the boxed set of three- these came in a small box. The Transparent Set on Amazon is almost $22.  Local art stores may carry these, and various online retailers do as well.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set

The Muted Collection also comes in two other mediums- soft body and heavy body acrylic paints. All three acrylic mediums are color matched.  I was given the heavy body set as a Christmas gift (thanks mom, you’re awesome!), but I have to work into those. I’m not as comfortable with that medium.  This is what Liquitex has to say about the Muted Collection Sets:

At Liquitex, we don’t take no for an answer. After all, challenging the established ways of doing things is in our DNA. It’s how we invented the first acrylic paints in 1955. This is why we’ve been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible ever since.

We torture test products in our lab to ensure they defy every norm. Our Special Release Muted Collection is no exception.

Grey, Pink, Turquoise, Green and Violet: get to grips with perfect color matching and intermixability. Our Ink, Soft Body and Heavy Body work seamlessly together. We get technical so you can get creative.”

Here is a 1:49 minute video of the three medium varieties of the Muted Collection in action.

I’ve been into doing whimsical little things in Moleskine journals lately- below is their 2017 Pocket Planner.  The yellow sky is a diluted wash of Raw Sienna.  Grey was used in the clouds, Turquoise and a small amount of Green for the stormy sea. Small amounts of a few other acrylic inks- white, black and gold, that weren’t from the featured collections were used.  That is a UFO in the sky, but looking at it now from the photo, I see a flying sombrero.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set painting by jessica seacrest in a moleskine journal

The Liquitex lightfast rating is I for excellent and II for very good.  Here is the color chart for the Muted Collection, and here for their other colors.

In the Muted Collection, all but the Violet have a rating of II for lightfastness, Violet has a I.  The Transparent Set are all a I rating.  The opacity rating for all of them is transparent.

Sediment on the bottom of the bottles can happen if the ink sits for a while- shake a bit before use.  The finish is satin, they are an extra fluid acrylic, and water resistant.  Water can be used to dilute the ink.

A couple more little examples.  On the left, the sky background is the Muted Pink and Raw Sienna.  Left is the same sky colors used and the Muted Turquoise and Green for the background.  I used opaque black shimmer FW Ink for the trees.  I was having some simple fun with Richeson Fluorescent Tempera Cakes.  They are considered a scholastic supply, and are giant pucks of paint, which I ordered at the same time as these inks.  Click to enlarge.

USES AND TECHNIQUES- for Arylic Ink

  • Dip Pen
  • Brush
  • Technical Pen
  • Stamping
  • Ink Brayer
  • Screen Printing
  • Fabric Painting
  • Book Arts
  • Calligraphy
  • Stippling
  • Photo Tinting
  • Airbrush
  • Drybrush
  • Stenciling
  • Pouring
  • Watercolor
  • Collage
  • Drafting

I’ve mainly used them like watercolor with a brush, and sometimes a dip pen.  In this desert painting on  Ampersand Aquabord, both sets were used.  Acrylic ink works wonderfully on Aquabord.  A small amount of dark blue acrylic FW Ink mixed with Burnt Umber was used for the rocks in the foreground, and the birds.  This was inspired by the worlds largest gem and mineral show– presently taking place in Tucson, Arizona.

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! Muted Collection and Transparent Set painting by jessica seacrest on Aquabord

Supply reviews are on an impromptu basis.  Click here to see numerous other reviews or up top on “Reviews.”  I also share discoveries on Instagram- @jessicaseacrest.  Supply reviews are shared with the intention of artists helping artists. Another great resource for art supply reviews, and tutorials is the effervescent Guest Doodlewasher Lindsay Weirich, aka- The Frugal Crafter.  Her blog can be found here.

One thing I read this week that I would like to pass along- a post by Austin Kleon called The Bliss Station.  Doesn’t that sound intriguing?  Who doesn’t want one of those?!

Check out the World Watercolor Group’s February Adventure- Natural Beauty here!  These are prompts to help keep your creativity going during the month.

Wishing you the best! Happy painting and sketching!

Hi I'm the Doodlewash Supply Blogger and offer reviews of various types of art supplies, watercolors, and helpful tips. I approach artistic expression with a light-hearted point of view. I love to see, and support others opening up to, and embracing their creative process with any medium or creative expression. Follow me on Instagram!
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14 Comments
  1. Yukari 9 months ago

    I have seen them with a few of the handlettering gurus on IG.. I have a few of the FW ones and I do like them when I’m looking for intense colors. I’ve also seen Ecoline liquid watercolors and some are using the Wilton Food coloring paste for intense colors..

  2. thedoodlingdino 9 months ago

    Awesome! Really like the one with the trees.

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Beautiful, rich colors, almost like gouache om finished painting.
    I worked in a studio for years, we used Luma Dyes, seemed like ink, but we could dilute and mix the colors easily. Color intensity is similar to these inks.

  4. Teri C 9 months ago

    I’m putting these on my list of things to buy and investigate. Love the muted set. Since I already broke my resolution of no new art supplies I’m free to break it again! 😂😂😂
    Also thanks for the Austin Klein. I like the way he thinks.
    And, love your little sketches. 😍

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      Jessica Seacrest 9 months ago

      Thank you Teri 😀

  5. kappleto2013 9 months ago

    These look great! Particularly like how you can achieve both light washes and darker tones. The inks I have are very watery. Love your your painting on aquabord, that turquoise in the foreground works so well with the browns 🙂

  6. Ann E Grasso 9 months ago

    Muted tones tend to be my favorites. I look forward to trying these and again, am appreciative of your reviews.

  7. Ellie 9 months ago

    Thanks for the review! I have some FW Acrylic Inks but don’t use them much, although I really like them. Now I’m inspired to expand my stock and actually use them for creating, not just embellishing.

  8. M. L. Kappa 9 months ago

    Another inspiring review, Jessica! Thanks!🌞

  9. berolahragageneral4 9 months ago

    Awesome!

  10. YesterdayAfter 9 months ago

    Great review Jessica! I am glad you did it I would like to try them! And I love your square painting very nice! <3

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