Pebeo 3in1 acrylic binder - review

I’ve talked about it before and this week I was finally able to test it properly: the acrylic binder 3in1. The name may be a bit redundant, because this acrylic binder does exactly what all other acrylic binders are used for: as a base/gesso, as a binder for pigments (paint) and as a finish/varnish/sealing/glue.


It consists of recycled acrylic, both the product and the packaging, and complies with the strict German Blauer Engel certification. This eco-label was created by the German government in 1978 to protect the environment better.

The binder is less thick than common acrylic binders, but this can be resolved quickly by mixing marble dust with it.

I have used this binder as a glue in collage techniques and for making acrylic paint where I either used pigment powder or a little gouache and watercolour paint. When making the paint, it appears that the color becomes lighter. So I take into account the fact that as the paint dries it will darken.

For this test, I took two pieces of 30x30cm linen cardboard, one of which I made completely wet. In diluted form, i.e. without the marble dust and with some water, the paint remains smooth. With the wet-in-wet technique, which is mainly known among water colourists, I can create beautiful, dreamy transitions because it blends well on paper, but there is no mutual struggle between the colours to take up their place. 

On dry cardboard, I even like this paint better than an average acrylic paint, which I feel quickly becomes too dry to smear nicely.

For the next layer, I mix marble dust into the paint and apply it with a palette knife. The pasty way of working gives a lot of expression on paper. I can spread parts that I want to be a little softer with a slightly damp brush and paint.

Immediately after painting I took a photo (on the left side in the photo right), the paint was still wet. The next day I took another photo(on the right side). To my surprise, the paint actually dried a bit lighter and the wet-in-wet technique continued to simmer, so that the background is even more dreamy.

The photo’s show a part that was only painted with the watery version of the paint, so not mixed with the marble dust.

I think the Pebeo 3in1 acrylic binder is a nice alternative to the common acrylic binders, but I can imagine that the seasoned acrylic binder user will have to get used to the diluted form.

And let’s not forget that, although the CO2 emissions of this product are 6 to 7 times less than an average acrylic binder, it still consists of acrylic and therefore microplastics.

** Still not getting payed for all this free Pebeo advertising **