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How to Make Homemade Acrylic Paint with Dry Pigment Powder

Acrylic paint is a versatile and popular medium among artists for its vibrant colours and quick drying time. Making homemade acrylic paint from dry pigment powder allows artists to customize their colours and achieve unique effects. In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating your own acrylic paint using dry pigment powder. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this step-by-step guide will help you unlock your creativity and bring your artistic visions to life.


Acrylic paint is known for its ability to provide intense colours and a wide range of applications. By making your own acrylic paint from dry pigment powder, you can experiment with different pigments and create custom shades that may not be available commercially.

Understanding Acrylic Pigments

Dry pigment powders are finely ground colorants that are used to create various types of paints. All of our Earth Pigments are non-toxic and 100% safe for the environment and for you.

Pigment powders come in a multitude of colours and have specific properties that affect the final outcome of your paint. Some pigments are more transparent, while others are opaque, giving you the flexibility to control the opacity and depth of your paint.

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Materials You’ll Need

Before you begin, gather the necessary materials:

  • Dry pigment powders of your chosen colors
  • Acrylic medium or binder
  • Palette knife
  • Mixing palette or surface
  • Glass muller (optional)
  • Airtight containers

Preparing Your Workspace

Set up a clean and well-ventilated workspace. Lay down protective materials to prevent any spills or stains. Ensure you have access to water for cleaning your tools immediately after use.

Mixing Your Acrylic Paint

  • Start by wearing gloves to protect your hands from pigments.  You should also wear a respirator to prevent you from inhaling the pigment powder.
  • Place a small amount of dry pigment powder on your mixing palette.
  • Add a small quantity of acrylic medium to the pigment.
  • Use a palette knife to mix the pigment and medium thoroughly. You can also use a glass muller for a smoother consistency.

Achieving the Desired Consistency

  • Gradually add more acrylic medium to the mixture while stirring.
  • Continue adding medium until you achieve the desired consistency. This will vary based on your preference and the intended use of the paint.
  • Each pigment is different in how much mulling it needs, and how much the pigment-to-medium ratio is, so its a good idea to keep a little notebook of the colour and quantities.
  • Test the paint on a scrap surface to ensure it spreads and covers as you desire.

Storing Your Handmade Acrylic Paint

Transfer your homemade acrylic paint into airtight containers. Label each container with the pigment used and the date of creation. Store the containers in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Tips for Using Homemade Acrylic Paint

Remember that homemade acrylic paint may have a slightly different texture compared to commercial options.

Experiment with different pigment ratios to create unique colours.

Clean your tools promptly after use to prevent the paint from drying on them.

Advantages of Making Your Own Homemade Acrylic Paint

  • Complete control over colour creation and customization.
  • Control of ingredients.  Many commercial paints have fillers and other unsavoury ingredients.
  • Cost-effective, as a small amount of pigment can yield a large quantity of paint.
  • Satisfaction of creating your own unique artistic materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I mix different pigments to create new colours?

Yes, experimenting with different pigment combinations can lead to exciting colour discoveries. BUT be careful, mixing too many colours can result in mud!

Is making acrylic paint difficult for beginners?

Not at all! This process is straightforward and suitable for artists of all levels.

Can I use my homemade acrylic paint with other acrylic paints?

Absolutely, your handmade paint can be seamlessly integrated with commercial acrylic paints.

How long can I store homemade acrylic paint?

Properly stored, your paint can last for an extended period. Just ensure you seal the containers tightly.

Where can I buy dry pigment powders?

We have a huge range of dry pigment powders, including blacks, blues, browns, greens, greys, oranges, pinks, purples, reds, umbers, whites, and yellows.  Or find your pigments by type – earths and ochres, mineral pigments, oxides, natural and synthetic pigments.


In conclusion, creating acrylic paint from dry pigment powder is an artistic adventure that empowers you to explore colours and express your creativity in new ways. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you’ll be able to produce your own high-quality acrylic paint that reflects your unique artistic vision. So, grab your pigments and mediums, and embark on this exciting journey of color and self-expression.

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