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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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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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Testing for Sensitivity

Artists enjoy working with many different types of media on a variety of unique surfaces and while we at GOLDEN try our best to test many of the materials available to artists, we are unable to test them all. Being able to test for inherent sensitivities to water or solvents within art materials, for example, […]

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Aesthetics of Varnishing Transparent Watercolor: Creating the Least Change

For artists who push the boundaries of traditional watercolor, work in sizes large enough that framing is not practical, or just dislike the barrier created by glass, varnish is a valuable option for protecting their paintings.1 Varnishing is likely to alter color, value, contrast, granulation, and the appearance of the paper in a watercolor painting. […]

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Using QoR Masking Fluid with Watercolor

QoR Masking Fluid is a ready-to-use, removable liquid made with natural latex which may be applied to watercolor paper or watercolor ground before painting. Once dry, the Masking Fluid will resist paint, allowing watercolor artists to preserve fine details and lines of white paper that might be difficult to paint around in traditional transparent watercolor […]

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