You might have recently noticed that we updated our labels for Grounds, Mediums and Gels ...
A common question we get is “how long should I wait before applying my next ...
When water is applied to paper, the fibers can soak up liquid and expand. This ...
For oil painters who find themselves eager to paint but reluctant to spend too much ...
In many ways this article is a continuation from an earlier one, Waterproof India Inks and ...
You might have recently noticed that we updated our labels for Grounds, Mediums and Gels to aim for better clarity, accuracy and simplicity. While reviewing the labels, we decided to both standardize the descriptions of all of these products and double check the accuracy of the sliders which help convey opacity, sheen and thickness. In […]
A common question we get is “how long should I wait before applying my next application of acrylic?” Actually, in most cases one can apply multiple layers at any time as this is one of the unique properties of acrylic products. It really doesn’t matter in terms of final film formation and toughness. But in […]
When water is applied to paper, the fibers can soak up liquid and expand. This may create the infamous buckles and cockles that can be the bane (or joy) of those who paint with watermedia. This article reports on what happened when High Flow Acrylics and Heavy Body Acrylics were applied to Arches 140 lb. […]
For oil painters who find themselves eager to paint but reluctant to spend too much time or money on surface preparation, you might try working on paper. Paper can be reasonably priced, easy to prepare and less formal than panel or stretched canvas. If prepared properly and maintained with longevity in mind, paper can be […]
In many ways this article is a continuation from an earlier one, Waterproof India Inks and Shellac-based Primers, which focused mostly on the alkaline sensitivity of shellac-based india inks when used with acrylics. However, towards the end of the article we briefly looked at Zinnser’s B-I-N®, a common pigmented shellac primer, to see if it had similar […]
We’ve all seen Iridescent and Interference effects when viewing soap bubbles, oil slicks, flower petals, bird feathers, and more. They are fairly common in the natural world. If they are somewhat less common in artwork, it might simply be that they still represent new and unexplored possibilities for most people, even after being part of […]
The doors of the Sam and Adele Golden Gallery opened on April 9th for the 4th annual Made in Paint exhibition, highlighting the works of last year’s artists-in-residence. Over 300 people attended the opening night with many more visitors stopping by to see the exhibition before it came down in August. Several of the artists […]
When Mark Gottsegen, a well-known educator and expert in artist materials, passed away in the Fall of 2013, an unbelievable amount was lost. Not least among them was AMIEN, the much beloved discussion forum on art materials that he founded. For Mark, AMIEN was his dream. From his desire to educate and provide real information […]
Dirt damages the beautiful surface of watercolor on paper, and ultraviolet light fades delicate washes. Watercolor paintings need protection when on display. Acrylic sheeting and art conservation glazing options have widened the choices beyond traditional framing behind glass. However, museum-grade UV non-reflective glass and acrylic glazing can be expensive and add weight when shipping artwork. […]
With the success of last year’s GOLDEN Educator Program, we couldn’t help but say YES to another year of partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers! Artists Isaac AlaridPease from Albuquerque, NM; Jessica Clark from Fairmont, NC; and Bryan Wilson from Charlotte, NC; joined us this summer for the Golden Artist Colors sponsored […]