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.
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
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.
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.
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.