Which Should You Buy? - Water Color Paint Lineup
August and September is the best time to buy art supplies for your children. All the stores are advertising back-to-school discounts, but it can be hard to tell which products are the best buys for the money.
We wondered what brand of water color paint is the best for the money so we purchased three different brands: Crayola, Cra-Z-Art and Art Blast from Hobby Lobby. They all basically look the same on the outside, except Crayola is slightly larger and says "30% more than the next retail competitor". This claim proved to be true.
We removed the paint chips to compare the amount of paint in each compartment and it was obvious that Crayola's contained at least 30% more. The paint brush in the Crayola paints was also softer than the other two. The other two paint brushes had hard plastic bristles.
Next we tested the quality of the paint by painting swatches of each color. Here are the results:
Overall, Cra-Z-Art seemed to have the best colors, although Crayola was a close second. Cra-Z-Art had the blackest black. Art Blast's colors weren't as saturated and even as the other two.
Cra-Z-Art paint cost $1.64, cheaper than both Crayola and Art Blast, so it was the best quality for the price, however it is made in China.
Crayola which cost $2.97, costs 58% more than Cra-Z-Art, but has a least 30% more paint, so it really only cost about 20% more than Cra-Z-Art paint. Crayola makes most of their products in the USA so you can pay 20% more and support a US business or buy the China-made Cra-Z-Art for 20% less.
Art Blast cost $1.99, and had about the same amount of paint as Cra-Z-Art, but the quality of the paint wasn't as good, however, Art Blast is made in the USA.