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Using QoR Watercolor Medium, Synthetic Ox Gall, and Lift Aid

Introduction When QoR Modern Watercolor was introduced to the painting world in 2014, we were so delighted with the color intensity and workability that we overlooked introducing the mediums and additives that were an integral part of the introduction of the line. So although six years later, we hope to make up for that neglect […]

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Neutralizing Color

Color can be a complex and overwhelming subject, so in this article we hope to shed some light on the subject of neutralizing color, or toning it down without changing the color itself or its “color identity”. We will touch upon methods using White, Gray and Black, Complements, and how the Virtual Paint MXR can function as a helpful […]

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We’re Still Here!

  Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, we are dedicated to our service and continue to be available to answer questions and lend support for artists. We are still here; we are still available; we have just changed the environment in which we work. My name is Stacy Brock and I am the Supervisor of GOLDEN’s Materials […]

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Blade Applied Translucent Acrylic Grounds

There are many options for acrylic painting grounds. While Gesso is the most commonly used ground, almost any GOLDEN acrylic paint, medium, gel or paste can be used alone or in just about any combination to create a large range of unique surfaces for painting. Brush application can be time consuming as Gesso or other […]

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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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Changes to Williamsburg Van Dyke Brown, French Cassel Earth and French Noir Indien

  Due to pigment availability issues, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors will unfortunately be discontinuing French Noir Indien and French Cassel Earth. We will also be changing our Van Dyke Brown from a Bituminous Earth and Raw Umber blend to a new mixture of Ivory Black and synthetic iron oxide. The pigment used to make French […]

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Make Your Own Stop-Out Varnish for Intaglio Printmaking with GOLDEN Acrylics

Despite being discontinued, GOLDEN Stop-Out Varnish for Intaglio Printmaking has remained popular in many printmaking circles for being a non-toxic alternative to traditional asphaltum and lacquer-based stop-out varnishes. While we have no plans to bring this product back into our lineup, we wanted to share a simple recipe for interested printmakers and artists who want […]

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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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