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Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paints 'Original'

Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paints 'Original'

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney, System 3, Acrylic Introduction Set (Original)
  • Item number 129100015
  • RRP at time of writing: £15-17.50

Reason For Buying

I saw these demo’d on Create and Craft by Stephanie for one stroke brush painting. I love Sheena’s Paint Fusion Stamps but didn’t want to be limited to the Pebeo paint she uses with them. The System 3 meant I could explore many different techniques at an affordable price.


Student quality acrylic Paint. This set includes a set of 10 22ml tubes. These are the Original set which is a flow formula, as opposed to the Heavy Bodied set also available in System 3.



  • A great selection of colours
  • Can be mixed with each other for a wide selection of colours from a small pallet
  • Original is the thinner more fluid version of the acrylic paint
  • Student quality so more affordable than Cryla (artist quality) for getting started and trying ideas out.
  • Mixes well with a variety of mediums for different effects, can be mixed with Cryla the artist quality heavy bodied variant.
  • There is a heavy bodied version if you want a more dimensional effect
  • Works well with Sheena’s Paint Fusion style of painting.
  • Works well for one stroke painting too.
  • Cost effective way of starting out.
  • Easy clean up with soap and water
  • These are a great size to travel with


Just one the smell! I started getting a tickly throat, which turned in to a cough, then I realised it was the smell from the paint. If you have ever walked into a room just after someone used hairspray and caught the remaining spay in your face, that’s what they smell like.

Possibly not how they are designed to be used, but being used to ‘craft’ paint, I made the mistake of using a heat gun to speed dry a layer or two of paint. This made them smell so much worse! Don’t get them hot! Later when I read the technical specs on the paint, it does say avoid heating them and that they contain formaldehyde (in a very small quantity) as well as ammonia, hence the smell that gets to your throat. If you are less of a sensitive flower 😉 and used them in a well ventilated room and avoid the heat gun, then you will probably be ok. My painting that I did on water-colour card, still smells strongly nearly a week later though 😦

Build Quality

Excellent. Well fitting lids, superb paint. Daler Rowney are long-standing art company and a name to trust. The paint is also manufactured here in the UK. The flow formula is wonderful and real quality, superb if they call this a student range!

Value for Money

Excellent. This is a versatile paint that will mix with various mediums and paints within the Daler Rowney Acrylic brand. Ideal if you want to try acrylics for the first time and want to try a few varieties before you settle on one you like.

Would I buy it Again?

No but only coz of the smell! The performance, coverage and easy clean up make them wonderful in all other aspects.

Summing up

Fantastic paint to get your started or for quantity without melting the credit card. The smaller size of tubes in this set, are 22ml, which is a great core pallet and ideal for travel. They are also available in sets of six for just over £10 if you are on a tight budget but want to try them. This set mixes a huge range of colours from just ten paints, I added a tube of Titan buff to mix with them, for more muted versions of the colours.

They are a student quality paint (ignore C&C who keep saying its Artist Quality, the manufacturers quote it as a student grade). They are great for trying acrylics for the first time, for trying new ideas and give beautiful vibrant results. Try them on the System 3 paper also available to see the best results. The paint isn’t watery or oily, but super smooth, it blends and mixes beautifully.

There are 60 colours currently in the range, which are available individually in 75 ml tubes, or pots of 250 ml, 500 ml. See links at the end, for further details on colours and sizes available.

This is a lovely paint to use, (if you can get over the smell). It flows beautifully and brushes clean up in soap and water (never leave acrylic paint to dry on your brush or your brush will go permanently hard!) I tried these with Sheena’s Paint Fusion techniques and they worked really well. Definitely try those techniques on System 3 paper, it works a dream!

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

A great starter collection in Daler Rowney System 3 Original paint.

The System 3 Original, is a flow formula but it is also available in heavy body. They do mix well with Cryla which IS the artist quality heavy body paint.


Quote from Daler Rowney website:

Available in 75 & 150ml tubes, 250 & 500ml pots, the System 3 Original range consists of 60 colours with 16 of the most popular colours also available in 2.25 litre and 6 colours in 1 litre pots. There is also an assortment of sets made up of the key colours, allowing a comprehensive mixing capability.The System 3 Have Body range consists of 34 colours and is available in 75 & 150ml tubes, with 10 popular colours also in 500ml pots. An assortment of Heavy Body sets is also available, allowing effortless colour choices.

For more information and colour charts follow the link to the System 3 area of the Daler Rowney website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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