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Technical Notes on Drying

Although acrylic paint tends to dry quickly, several techniques and additives can extend wet time. This Information Sheet discusses how acrylic paints cure and describes how that process can be controlled and manipulated to an artist’s advantage.   The Acrylic Drying Process Water is Forced Out by Capillary Action: Acrylics dry as the vehicle that […]

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Cadmium Pigment Usage in North

Will Cadmium Always Be On The Palette?

Alternative Pigments Are Becoming Available Introduction Environmental and health concerns have spurred increasingly stringent regulatory requirements for the use and disposal of Cadmium based pigments. As a result, many industries have decreased or entirely eliminated the utilization of these colorants. If these trends continue, formulating cadmium pigment into artist paints will become increasingly difficult, and […]

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How to Test for Lightfastness

Artists, photographers, printers and other users of colored materials need to be familiar with how lightfast the elements of their work are. Some materials can be exposed to strong light for decades without showing a visible color change. Others may start to change within a year. For paints, particularly oils and acrylics, this information is […]

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Introduction to Varnishing

The application of varnishes is a topic which generates frequent questions. This is a complex issue which does not always lend itself to easy solutions because no single varnish or technique is right for all situations. Desired appearance, type and thickness of application of underlying media, texture and absorbency of the surface, and interior versus […]

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