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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some of My Favourite Acrylic Supplies

Well you knew this post was coming ;) Again, I only use high quality professional materials as in the long run, you save money by buying higher quality products as you use less of them.  It is also so frustrating using student quality as they just do not perform well and are much less luminous.

If you are interested in taking one of my acrylic classes, please register in the at online registration or call (604) 931-2008 for more information.  This will be my last acrylic class before summer and registrations ends in the next day or so.

Paints


I love Golden's Fluid Acrylics as the pigment load is very high so a little goes a long, long, long way.  As with all mediums, I like to use a more limited palette and mix the colors that I want.  For a  very versatile color mixing palette, I use the colors below as my basic color mixing palette as I can create a huge range of colors from just the three primaries.


Basic Color Mixing Palette - Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
  • Quinacridone Magenta (can mix a fuller range of purples) or Quinacridone Red
  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Titanium white
Some of my Favourite Colors - Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • Turquois (Phthalo)
  • Quinacridone / Nickel Azo Gold 
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Iridescent Colors
  • Interference Colors
Brushes 

I don't use brushes much when I use acrylics as I prefer to use spatulas, old credit cards, etc. but when I need to use a brush any old bristle brush or soft synthetic brush will do depending on the thickness of the paint.

Substrates (surfaces to work on) 

I prefer just plain old MDF coated with Gesso but I also like regular cotton canvas, watercolor paper, yupo paper and bristol board.

Grounds

For surface preparation I love Liquitex Gesso. It is more fluid than other gessos I have tried and has great coverage so you need less coats.

Molding paste is great for adding texture at the beginning of a painting as well.  It is an absorbent surface so you can do cool liquid techniques as well as more traditional acrylic techniques.

Mediums

So it seems I like shiny things more than I realized.  So I prefer polymer gloss mediums and gels (mainly soft gel but also like the heavy gel gloss as well) for most of my painting.  I do use the matte medium at times when I want to veil and areas or add a bit of texture for the paint to adhere to.



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