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GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS PRODUCT INFORMATION

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Golden Artist Colors are American products of the highest quality. If you can't find the information you want below,  please contact me artist@alicewestart.com.au or visit www.goldenpaints.comwww.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Artist-Colors/143033784064, or www.langridgecolours.com.

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GOLDEN FLUIDS

  • Fluid Acrylic Colors
  • 85 Colors; Many Unique Pigments
  • No Matting Agents that Hinder Colour Brilliance
  • High Pigment Levels for Intense Colour Application
  • Lightfast; Permanent; Flexible Water-Based; Conforms to ASTM D 4236

Golden Fluid Acrylics offer the same color intensity as Heavy Body Acrylics but with an even, flowing characteristic useful for a variety of fine art techniques. They are highly intense, permanent acrylic colors with a consistency similar to heavy cream. Produced from lightfast pigments, not dyes, they offer very strong colors with very thin consistencies. No fillers or extenders are added. Unlike mixtures of heavy-bodied paints and water which produce weak color and films by dilution, Fluid Acrylics contain high pigment levels suspended in an acrylic polymer vehicle. The result offers fine dispersion, high tinting strength, durability, flexibility and good adhesion.

Golden Fluid Acrylics mix with extreme ease into Golden Gel Mediums & Molding Pastes, Mediums and Gessoes and have the most versatility of all the Golden paint ranges. When mixed with water, or Acrylic Flow Release, the Fluids are extremely effective for staining or watercolor techniques. Many artists enjoy the brilliance of colour with permanent film qualities for watercolour painting. The Fluids also are far more economical than traditional watercolours. Fluid Acrylics are ideal for spraying, brushing, staining, and can be mixed with virtually all other Golden Products. Blend with Airbrush Medium for spray application. Excellent for fabric application. For permanent laundering application, mix with GAC 400 or GAC900.

Fluid Acrylic Iridescent & Interference Colours Equivalent to the Heavy Body range of Iridescent & Interference colours. They offer highly reflective metallic variations when mixed with Golden colors. The Golden Iridescent colours achieve their reflective properties by synthetically reproducing natural phenomena of metals and minerals. Golden Interference Acrylic colors offer a unique "interference flip." When viewed from difference perspectives, Interference colors flip between a bright opalescent color and its complement. When applied over white or lighter surfaces, the Interference color is less obvious. When applied over black or darker surfaces, the Interference color is more obvious. Most Golden Interference colors are available in two varieties: Coarse and Fine. They offer artists a range of reflective properties and interplay with light. Interference colors are relatively transparent, allowing artists the ability to glaze with unique effects.

Golden Principal 10 Professional Fluid Acrylic Set Ten x 30 ml bottles This set o ffers a selection of 10 Golden Professional Fluid Acrylic Colors that are fundamental to the serious artist working with fluid viscosity acrylics. The Golden Principal Fluid set provides artists with a cost effective means to setting up a basic palette, capable of mixing a full range of hues, tints, and shades, that can later be supplemented with the wide selection of Fluid color offerings. Includes: Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Medium, Yellow Oxide, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Burnt Sienna, Carbon Black, Fluid Application Guide.

GOLDE HEAVY BODY

  • No Matting Agents that hinder colour brilliance
  • High Pigment Levels for intense colour application
  • Lightfast; Permanent; Flexible Water-Based; Conforms to ASTM D 4236

Heavy Body colors contain no additives, such as matting agents, therefore the gloss of each color will be different. Golden decided not to add the flattening agents typically added to acrylic paints to unify the product's finish. Each pigment is made to its own level of matte or gloss depending upon its own unique nature. Golden also decided not to add opacifiers to the colors (use of opacifiers is critical for coverage of house paints, yet it is also the reason that house colors tend to be quite subdued compared to professional artist colors). These decisions allowed the colors to retain their clearest and cleanest quality, especially when used in washes or glazes. It is always possible to add matting agents and other whitening materials to the product, but once added, it is impossible to take them away. The HB line of acrylics contains no additional flattening agents, opacifiers or other solids that might interfere with the clarity of our pigments.

All Heavy Body acrylic tubes and tubs have hand-painted packaging. Actual hand-painted swatches on product packaging show artists the true visual qualities of the Golden paint including color brilliance, level of transparency or opacity and degree of surface reflectance: gloss, satin or matte. It is quite evident when looking at the handpainted color chart that colors in the HB line do differ in gloss. For example, the sheen of Golden Ultramarine Blue or Burnt Umber is almost a dead matte, whereas the sheen of Green Gold or Dioxazine Purple is extremely glossy. Some artists may find this problematic; yet for many artists the variations offer the same nuances of color that are so appreciated in oil paints and give what many describe as an organic look to the colors. Without the need for opacifiers Golden can offer colors as similar in hue as the Cadmiums and Hansas, yet quite different in their ability to cover and in their clarity when mixing.

Heavy Body Acrylic Neutral Grays - N2 through N8. A series of achromatic grays that follow the Munsell Value Scale. They allow artists to adjust value and chroma without altering hue. Bone Black is recommended for neutral black (N1) and Titanium for neutral white (N10).

Heavy Body Acrylic Historical Colours - Golden Historical Colors are authentic recreations of paint colors that have been in use for hundreds of years and were considered essential to the working palettes of past masters. As the pigments originally used to produce these colors were found to be unsafe or vulnerable to the effects of light and weather, they had not been offered in a Golden line of pure pigment colors. Recognizing the popularity of these colors within some palettes, Golden has recreated these in a safe, reliable form, meeting the conservation requirements of fine artists. Great pains were taken to ensure the Golden Historical Colors shared the working properties of their predecessors.

Heavy Body Acrylic Iridescent & Interference Colors - The Golden Iridescent colours achieve their reflective properties by synthetically reproducing natural phenomena. Golden Interference Acrylic colors offer a unique "interference flip." When viewed from difference perspectives, Interference colors flip between a bright opalescent color and its complement. When applied over white or lighter surfaces, the Interference color is less obvious and the "flip" effect is more obvious. When applied over black or darker surfaces, the Interference color is more obvious and the "flip" effect is less obvious. Most Golden Interference colors are available in two varieties: Coarse and Fine. They offer artists a range of reflective properties and interplay with light. Interference colors are relatively transparent, allowing artists the ability to glaze with unique effects.

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Introductory Set - Six x 22 ml tubes - This set of 6 Professional Golden Heavy Body Acrylics provides an excellent introduction into the working properties of a professional quality, purely pigmented, Heavy Body acrylic paint. Set includes: Napthol Red Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Titanium White, Mars Black, Permanent Green Light, Ultramarine Blue.

GOLDEN OPEN ACRYLICS

  • 40 Colours; Many Unique Pigments
  • No Matting Agents that hinder colour brilliance
  • High Pigment Levels for intense colour application
  • Lightfast; Permanent; Flexible
  • Water-Based; Conforms to ASTM D 4236

OPEN Acrylics is a new line of colours for professional artists designed with a unique set of working properties that represent a true departure from all other acrylics on the market and that dramatically expand the range of techniques that are available to artists. 

OPEN Acrylic Colours are formulated with an optimum balance of pigment load and 100% acrylic polymer dispersion to produce a paint with a uniquely relaxed set of working characteristics and a versatility that allows artists to explore a wider range of techniques such as portraiture and landscape painting that rely on softening, shading, glazing, and creating fine detail.

OPEN Acrylics remain wet on the palette for prolonged periods without skinning over and can be blended with most GOLDEN Acrylics, Mediums and Gels, with the open time of the resulting mixtures being proportionately reduced. To maintain the maximum working time of OPEN Acrylics, use OPEN Gel, Medium and Thinner. Using With GOLDEN Acrylic Colours, Gels and Mediums OPEN Gel and Medium may be mixed in any ratio with nearly the full range of GOLDEN Acrylic Colours, Gels, Pastes, and Mediums. Resulting drying time will be dependent on the ratio.

Mixtures with standard acrylic products should follow the same guidelines as OPEN Acrylics and Mediums, including keeping applications thin. See our Product Information Sheet on OPEN Acrylic Colours for more information. There are also major advantages to be gained by using these two systems together. GOLDEN Acrylics, Gels, Pastes and Mediums are perfect for creating faster drying underpaintings and textures, which can then be overpainted with OPEN Acrylics, taking advantage of their optimal working time to achieve smoother blended passages, glazes, nuanced edges, and a host of other effects.

Rewetting OPEN Acrylic Colours - OPEN Acrylics can be reactivated for many hours after initial application, allowing for extended periods when multiple layers can be worked and blended into each other. To reopen films before they have fully ‘locked down’ apply OPEN Gel or Medium directly to the paint film, brushing back and forth until the paint has been reconstituted. Even after OPEN paint films have initially set up and become tacky, they can still be reactivated, although more extended or vigorous brushing might be required. Using OPEN Gel or Medium for this process will help maintain film integrity and provide maximum working time. While water and OPEN Thinner are also usable, they are very aggressive at reactivating OPEN paint films and should be used sparingly to prevent partially dried films from lifting altogether.

To avoid reactivating underlying paint films, use a light touch when painting over recently worked areas. If one’s methods require more substantial protection, wait for these layers to lock down, which can take several hours or even days depending on application thickness and environmental conditions. To more quickly isolate layers from potential reactivation by subsequent applications, apply a thin, faster drying coating such as GAC 500, Fluid Matte Medium, or our standard isolation coat recipe of Soft Gel (Gloss) thinned 2 parts gel to 1 part water. However, as mentioned earlier, this will potentially slow the timeline for the development of full inter-coat adhesion.

The “Sweet Spot” - Unlike traditional acrylics, OPEN Acrylics undergo an extended period without skinning over that allows its tactile qualities to pass through distinct stages, the initial ‘slippery’ and oily feel becoming gradually more pully and stiff. Along this gradient many painters will find what is often termed a ‘sweet spot’ that suites their particular technique. Indeed, once this sweet spot is located, one can eventually control and maintain those qualities both on the palette and on the surface of the painting itself. While this is something that oil painters have long enjoyed, acrylic painters will find this a unique and wonderful opportunity to further control the textures and effects one can employ.

GOLDEN MEDIUMS

Golden Artist Colors have a huge range of innovative mediums that help you think outside the square! Golden Mediums and additives offer artists infinate control of changing acrylic colours. Use Mediums to control transperancy, viscosity, and surface sheen. Use additives to control the paints working properties. Because there are so many mediums to choose from, an artist first needs to determine which characteristics they are wanting to change. Polymer Medium is a liquid useful for creating glazes, extending colours, enhancing gloss and transluscency and increasing film integrity. Matte Medium offers similar attributes as Polymer Medium but decreases the gloss. It is also useful as a clear ground on canvas, as an alternative to gesso. Fluid Matte Medium is speciffically formulated to work with Golden Fluid Acrylics. Acrylic Glazing Liquid extends working time, allowing decorative artists the ability to create faux finishes normally associated with oil colours. Fine artists use it for creating slow drying glazes and blending colour. Silkscreen medium is designed to mix with acrylic colours for silkscreen application. It increases the working time and retards paint from drying in the screen. Not recommended for fabric that will be laundered. However GAC 900 is suitable for clothing artists.

GOLDEN VARNISHES

Polymer Varnish w/UVLS (Gloss, Satin, Matte) Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light Stabilizers) is a water-based acrylic polymer varnish formulated to provide additional protection from ultraviolet radiation. Polymer Varnish remains soluble in alkaline solvents, such as ammonia. This means the varnish can be easily removed, taking with it any accumulated surface contamination without damaging the painting surface. Polymer Varnish is designed as a topcoat for acrylic paints and offers a removable protective surface to the relatively soft acrylic paint layer. It has a harder film than most acrylic paints, which diminishes the susceptibility of the surface to dust and dirt, and provides increased protection from scratching, marring and moisture. It has adequate flexibility to withstand normal handling conditions, including loose rolling. For interior use only. The product is not recommended for use on furniture or other surfaces subject to physical contact during use.

MSA Varnish w/UVLS (Gloss, Satin, Matte) Golden Mineral Spirit Acrylic Varnishes with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light stabilizers) dry to a tough, yet flexible protective finish. The UVLS system provides increased resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, making the product suitable for exterior as well as interior application. For restoration purposes, the varnish may be removed with mineral spirits or turpentine. MSA Varnish can be used over a wide variety of paints, including acrylic, oil, alkyd, egg tempera, watercolour, and casein. As a topcoat for acrylics, it provides a harder, lower tack surface that is much less susceptible to dirt and is mar resistant.

*NOTE - MSA Varnishes are available by special order only as they are a flammable liquid and cost more to post. Please contact us for a quote.

GOLDEN GELS AND GROUNDS

Golden Gel Mediums & Molding Pastes offer artists many ways to build texture. They range in consistency from pourable to mouldable with varying degrees of sheen and transparency. Use them to create glazes, extend paints, build texture, and change finishes. Many are excellent glues for collage work. Even though acrylic colours are offered in various different consistencies and finishes, the use of gels and molding pastes in conjunction with such colours will broaden the working properties and expand on the possible results.

Gels can be thought of as colourless paints, as they are composed of similar polymers as are the acrylic paints. They may be considered the "glue" or binder that dry to form continuous, durable films. They are made of 100% acrylic polymers, which have proven to have excellent flexibility and chemical, water and ultraviolet radiation resistance. Pastes contain Marble Dust or Diatomatious Earth, clays or other fillers resulting in a white or clay-tone finish. Different pastes have been formulated to contain specific properties. See each description for further information.

Gesso & Black Gesso is a flexible, ready-to-use ground that prepares the surface of a substrate to accept paints and provides tooth to promote paint adhesion. It comes ready-to-use, but can be mixed with water for thinner application.

GOLDEN VARNISHES

Polymer Varnish w/UVLS (Gloss, Satin, Matte) Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light Stabilizers) is a water-based acrylic polymer varnish formulated to provide additional protection from ultraviolet radiation. Polymer Varnish remains soluble in alkaline solvents, such as ammonia. This means the varnish can be easily removed, taking with it any accumulated surface contamination without damaging the painting surface. Polymer Varnish is designed as a topcoat for acrylic paints and offers a removable protective surface to the relatively soft acrylic paint layer. It has a harder film than most acrylic paints, which diminishes the susceptibility of the surface to dust and dirt, and provides increased protection from scratching, marring and moisture. It has adequate flexibility to withstand normal handling conditions, including loose rolling. For interior use only. The product is not recommended for use on furniture or other surfaces subject to physical contact during use.

MSA Varnish w/UVLS (Gloss, Satin, Matte) Golden Mineral Spirit Acrylic Varnishes with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light stabilizers) dry to a tough, yet flexible protective finish. The UVLS system provides increased resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, making the product suitable for exterior as well as interior application. For restoration purposes, the varnish may be removed with mineral spirits or turpentine. MSA Varnish can be used over a wide variety of paints, including acrylic, oil, alkyd, egg tempera, watercolour, and casein. As a topcoat for acrylics, it provides a harder, lower tack surface that is much less susceptible to dirt and is mar resistant.

*NOTE - MSA Varnishes are available by special order only as they are a flammable liquid and cost more to post. Please contact us for a quote.

Golden Artist Colors are American products of the highest quality. For more information on Golden products please contact me artist@alicewestart.com.au or visit www.goldenpaints.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Artist-Colors/143033784064, or www.langridgecolours.com.