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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Golden Fluid Acrylics Workshop

(first image is raw canvas using flow medium and pure fluid acrylics mingled on the canvas, will make a great background for a painting - few rain drops when transporting home in the corner - added texture :)) (next image is a 24x36" raw canvas that I stretch and painting the subject with fibre medium - need to touch up edges before painting; and then painted the background with absorbant ground and then fluid acrylics - too cool )

I have been ridiculously busy this week but wanted to get a few of the photos from the golden fluids workshop up to show everyone. We had a blast! There are so many cool things you can do with these paints it is impossible not to have fun, especially when the instructor, Sara Robichaud, showed us all the cool stuff you can do with them and how you can manipulate them on so many different surfaces. Sara is a really fun teacher who obviously knows her "stuff" and has a passion for art. She showed us several possibilites for each medium and gave us a really good understanding of the fluid acrylic properties and colors. Then she set us loose and we all got to "dish out" whatever we wanted from the paint buffet table and go crazy. She also showed us how to paint on raw canvas and how to stretch our own canvases, something I thought I would never want to do but it was super easy and know I totally understand the freedom and control it offers being able to stretch your own unprimed canvas.

These are just a few of the things we did, I will have to update more later when I have more time. But right now I have a painting on my easel that is beckoning me...my first fluid acrylic painting :)

There is another workshop planned for April 10 & 11 from 10-4pm at the same location using Golden Open acrylics so if you are interested please email me to sign up as spaces are filling up fast!


Michelle said...

Being a watercolor artist, I have not yet had the pleasure of using Golden Fluid paints, but I always covet them when I go to the art supply store. The background on your paintings are really pretty. Looks like you had fun.

Tracey said...

Thanks Michelle, you have GOT to get some ;) I thought they were just watered down acrylics but they are very different. You can add water just like watercolor and do really fun stuff, of course they still kill your brushes like regular acrylics, oh well can't have it all :)

Billie Crain said...

If you're interested please take the time to check out Nick Simmon's blog:

He uses Da Vinci fluid acrylics like watercolors and creates the most amazing work. I'm not sure if there's much difference between Da Vinci and Golden's other than Da Vinci has matched their fluid acrylic colors to their watercolors.

Tracey said...

Oh no thanks alot Billie, just when I thought it was safe to go back into the art store! Da Vinci makes fluids too, sigh ;) I will try to restrain myself :)

I have stopped by Nick's site before but thanks for the link as I have not stopped by in awhile, aha he is living the dream hey ;)