Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Paints and Mediums - acrylic

Every artist will have their own preferred brand of acrylic paint, based on things such as the colours available and the consistency of the paint, that ranges from extremely buttery, as they say, to fluid. Try buy a few of Artist's Quality Acrylics rather than a whole range of cheap colours. Student Acrylic Paints are cheaper because they usually contain a lot more filler, or they are made from much cheaper pigments. It is worth trying out some below and experiencing the difference. 

The next stage is to make your own.

link - Sennelier

link - Winsor and Newton






link - Liquitex






link - Atelier Interactive Acrylics

link - Lascaux Paints - this is a rather unusual company
 More products from Lascaux -
Additives are used to condition paint to perform to the way you want them too.  This range allows you to thin, thicken, rework, retard, matt and build up with Lascaux or any other acrylic colour.  Each paint company offers their own range of additives.

Acrylic Emulsion D-498M - Allows you to make your own acrylics and pastes. This is essentially the same binder used in Lascaux Acrylics.
Impasto Gel - Enables you to mix into paint to create translucent or semi-translucent structures. Available in 1 - Gloss and 2 - Matt.
Water-Re-soluble Medium - With this medium you can make watercolour paint with special properties by mixing with traditional acrylics. Paints will not develop a permanent paint film and may be reworked like traditional watercolour. By varying the amount of this medium, you can create colours that will be water re-soluble in heavy layers.
Lascaux Transparent Acrylic UV Varnish - transparent UV protection, through the application of at least two coats of paint, mixed with at least 25% water and with a 6-hour drying time between them.  Matt, gloss or satin finish, in two sizes. Satin lacquer also available in 5l format.
And then there is Lascaux Resonance Gouache - link

1 comment:

Alice Bignami Todd said...

Hi Hilary,
I have been watching a few videos and found them very interesting and useful.
I would really really love to watch a video of you painting with acrylic inks, water colour glazing (?) foils, like you do for making your jewellery . I would love to see some techniques that you use.
Thank you

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