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Faber Castell Polychromos pastels on Golden Pastel Ground, without varnish (top left), Lauscaux Fixative (top right), Archival Varnish Gloss (bottom left), and Archival Varnish Gloss + Archival Varnish Matte (bottom right).

Varnishing Mixed Media Paintings

If you are working with mixed media, the best display solution is usually behind UV-protective glass. This provides ultimate protection against UV-light, dirt and dust. If you decide against mounting behind glass, then varnishing or top coating can be the next best option, however, that can become tricky when mixed media pieces contain sensitive materials. […]

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Custom Special Edition YInMn Blue Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor Paints

  In 2009, a chemist at Oregon State University named Mas Subramanian and his team discovered a new blue pigment named YInMn Blue after the elements of which it was created; a mixture of yttrium, indium and manganese oxides. This pigment was approved for commercial use in 2017 and now finally approved for artist paints […]

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Differentiating Between Acrylic Gesso and Williamsburg Oil Ground

  Grounds are selected to provide the proper color, level of absorbency and tooth to meet an artist’s needs. Oil painters have the extra concern of protecting from oil penetration into the substrate, which can mean more coats, and often additional time spent in preparation. This article looks at a couple of our popular grounds […]

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Exterior Mural Test Panels that didn't make the cut, failing after only 3 years time.

Mural Panel Testing Results

There are five key aspects directly influencing the lifespan and overall durability of an exterior mural: the environment in which the mural will be placed the paint system used the base surface upon which the mural will reside the preparation of and products directly upon the substrate’s surface the final protective topcoat Usually, the environment […]

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Overview of tested paints, mediums, primers and varnishes for 3D prints.

Hand-Painting 3D Prints with Acrylics

3D prints have become a much more frequently used and a more readily available medium for artists and sculptors. Desktop 3D printers are now affordable and online 3D printing services are available in abundance. Some filaments allow for full color prints, but particularly in smaller prints, the quality of these prints can lack detail and […]

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Using Alcohol Inks with GOLDEN Acrylics and Varnishes

In response to recent questions we have received from artists about the compatibility of using our GOLDEN Acrylics and Varnishes with alcohol inks, we decided to test these materials together. Our results were varied, with varnish testing in particular having more inconsistent results than we expected due to the wide range of alcohol inks available […]

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A Paint Line With The Muralist in Mind

Still Relevant by Ed Trask (@edtrask) courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA. Introducing Golden Paintworks Mural Paints  Our Art Materials Specialists receive and answer over 10,000 questions a year. One of the most asked about topics is around preparation and materials for Exterior Murals. We have always shared our best […]

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Unique GOLDEN Products You May Have Overlooked

Golden Artist Colors has created hundreds – if not thousands – of products since the initial startup in 1980. We tend to think of our acrylic-based materials as tools. Like most garages, sometimes a few tools go missing. Many times during our search for a specific tool we actually re-discover a long forgotten apparatus along […]

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