Introducing New GOLDEN Heavy Body Light Value Colors

The Light Value Colors, from left to right, Light Phthalo Blue, Light Phthalo Green, Light Orange, Light Bismuth Yellow, Titan Violet Pale, Titan Green Pale, Titan Mars Pale


We are pleased to announce seven new additions to the GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics line.

This latest offering of balanced mixtures are created using lightfast pigments from our Exterior Mural list, which are then tinted with Titanium White to create convenience colors. Although relatively simple blends, they can be difficult to consistently mix by hand. People have a tendency to try and add white to lighten colors instead of adding color to white for a light tint. This is especially true for the Light Phthalo Blue and Light Phthalo Green due to the parent colors’ intense pigmentation. These colors take the guessing game out of creating light color blends.

Tubes of Light Value Colors over their masstone counterpart, meaning full strength color before Titanium White is added.

The warmer colors added are Light Bismuth Yellow and Light Orange. Three more subdued pale tints are Titan Green Pale – which was the first of these colors created and formally only available in our slow-drying OPEN Acrylics paint line – and Titan Violet Pale and Titan Mars Pale. The latter offer unexpectedly beautiful tints via the often overlooked Violet Oxide and Mars Yellow pigments.

Artists who already incorporate GOLDEN Titan Buff (unbleached titanium dioxide) should find these colors a welcome addition to the palette. The seven new colors are useful as highlight accents, creating uniform expanses in backgrounds, unique touches and as a great foundation color to build upon.

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30 Responses to Introducing New GOLDEN Heavy Body Light Value Colors

  1. Barbara Bevan March 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    Is it possible to obtain some samples of the new light value colours you have mentioned in your news letter. I am a Golden acrylic fan and would like be to see some of these please

    • Michael Townsend March 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

      Hello Barbara.
      Thanks for your questions and comments. Unfortunately we do not have any wet samples of these colors. Most artist stores that carry GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics should be getting them in stock.
      – Mike

  2. Doris Messick March 27, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    nice colors. Especially like the blues and greens

    • Michael Townsend March 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you Doris!
      – Mike

  3. Doris Messick March 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    I did. Don’t know to do curvy lines

    • Michael Townsend March 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Doris.
      I’m unclear as to your comment. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
      – Mike

  4. Dane Julian Urban March 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    LOVE the new colors, perfect for Florida customers.
    Great relaxing feeling colors.
    Where can I buy them.

    • Michael Townsend March 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

      Hello Dane.
      That’s really great you can see the potential of these new colors. To order them, start with your local artist supply stores that carry GOLDEN products. Here’s the store finder:
      If you have any issues locating them, just call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-959-6543
      – Mike

      • Ruben Ruiz March 28, 2018 at 8:26 am #

        Hi Michael the captcha don’t let me post a comment so I try this way;
        This is fantastic, as a hyper realistic painter makes my mixing easier, these are great starting point as well highlighters. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ll make some YouTube videos using them 😊

  5. Simo March 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

    Nice, do you have the munsell tone no for these? (And the rest of the range as I wrote down all that you published but note some paints aren’t rated and the shift after drying is always very very annoying – any plans to change this? Other acrylics promise no drying shift)

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 8:03 am #

      Hello Simo.
      Thank you for your questions.
      The Munsell notations will be updated and listed at this section of our website:
      Regarding color shift in our paints: there tends to be minimal shift in light colors, but it is still present. It will always be difficult to eliminate this occurrence in transparent colors like Quinacridone Magenta, regardless of the acrylic used. The only way that it would be possible would be to use a truly clear acrylic binder to make the paints and extend them. Currently there’s no binder that meets this need and our high standards for a stable, permanent acrylic paint. We are always evaluating materials and this would be a great advancement if we do find one.
      – Mike Townsend

  6. Michael Lønfeldt March 28, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    Nice colors, do we get them in High Flow and in Fluid too ?

    BR Michael

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      Greetings Michael.
      Currently there are no plans for these being added to High Flow and Fluid Acrylic paint lines, but if enough artists believe they should be, it does factor in when color lines are expanded!
      – Mike Townsend

  7. Jess March 28, 2018 at 4:39 am #

    Are you planning to extend this to your fluid range at some point? It’d be great for marbling!

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 7:55 am #

      Hello Jess.
      There are no current plans to add these colors to the Fluid Acrylic line at the moment. But we do review what colors in Heavy Body are selling and then give them a high priority when other lines are expanded. This is the case for adding Titan Green Pale, which was previously only in the OPEN line, now it’s one of the new colors for Heavy Body that helped inspire the Light Tints!
      – Mike Townsend

  8. Maureen McDonald March 28, 2018 at 4:56 am #

    These new colors are very nice. I can’t wait to add them to my collection.

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 7:52 am #

      Thank you Maureen.
      Be sure to share on Facebook and Instagram how they work for you!
      – Mike Townsend

  9. Ruben Ruiz March 28, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    This is fantastic, as a hyper realistic painter makes my mixing easier, these are great starting point as well highlighters. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ll make some YouTube videos using them 😊 Love it 😍

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      Hello Ruben!
      We’re so glad that you like these new colors. They make it so much easier to hit the high notes! I’m looking forward to seeing what you can do with them.
      – Mike Townsend

  10. DAVID FAWCETT March 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    great range of “pastel”type tones.will definitely be adding to my palette

    • Michael Townsend March 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks David. Let us know how you use them when painting!
      – Mike Townsend

  11. Victor Szepessy April 1, 2018 at 5:09 am #

    Hi Michael, thanks for a great article! I really look forward to using these colours. I see that they’re made from exterior mural grade pigment, but I noticed that on the Golden website they’re not listed as suitable for exterior use. What’s the reason for this please? Cheers, Victor

    • Michael Townsend April 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      Hello Victor.
      Thank you for the kind words and questions.
      You are correct that we selected only lightfast I pigments for the new colors. They should be just fine for exterior use but we have not updated the online chart or the color list in the Exterior Mural Product Application Sheet. I will ask for this information to be added when possible. Until then there’s no reason these Light Tints should not be used for murals or other outdoor applications.
      – Mike Townsend

      • Victor Szepessy April 6, 2018 at 7:32 am #

        Thanks Mike! That’s good news. I’m planning on using them for a large public community mural I’m painting this summer. They’re the perfect palette!

  12. diane duran April 23, 2018 at 1:14 am #

    Where can I purchase Golden paints? I didn’t see any at Hobby Lobby? I regularly have used Winston and academy.

    • Michael Townsend April 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

      Hello Diane.
      Thanks for asking about paint availability. We have a store finder that should help you locate the nearest paint stores that carry GOLDEN paints. If you still have trouble, then call our customer service department at 1-800-959-6543 and they will be happy to assist you!
      Mike Townsend

  13. Bobbi August 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    The light value colors are quite appealing. I would definitely like to add them to my favorite go-to colors. Will these light value colors be available in the Open line?

    • Michael Townsend August 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      Hello Bobbi. Thank you for your questions. We’re so glad you enjoy these light tints. There are no current plans to include them into the OPEN Acrylics but it is great to know there is interest in these if we do expand the OPEN color offerings. – Mike Townsend

  14. Mary Martin January 11, 2019 at 10:04 pm #

    Are there plans to include these colors in the Fluid Acrylics line?
    Can the heavy body acrylic be mixed with a medium of some sort to mimic a fluid acrylic?
    Can’t wait to try the Light Phthalo Blue!

    • Michael Townsend January 14, 2019 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Mary!
      Thank you for the questions! These colors have received very positive reactions from artists thus far, and although I cannot provide a timeframe, we have considered adding some (or all) of them into our other paint lines as well. I can’t provide a time frame or even state unequivocally “yes!” if this is going to happen, but we do very much appreciate when artists let us know what they would like to see next!

      Regarding thinning Heavy Body Acrylics, you can approach a more fluid consistency with the addition of water and acrylic medium. Some of us like to premix a 1:1.5 blend of acrylic medium (such as GAC 100, GAC 500, Fluid Matte Medium, etc.) with water. This mix can be slowly added into the paints until the desired consistency is achieved. Premixing takes the guesswork out of wondering if you are adding “too much” water. Adding just water does work, but it begins to feel more like a thick color wash instead of a paint as you continue to add more and more water. You can also make your own Light Value Colors if you want them sooner than later in Fluid Acrylics, as they are straightforward blends that are mostly Fluid Titanium White. Of course, this defeats the purpose of having premixed colors ready to use, but it still is an option. You can mix our colors together and keep them in a sealed container until they are used.

      Keep those requests coming!

      – Mike Townsend

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