Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
Well I was so thrilled today to attend a Golden Acrylic Demo by Shari Pratt (a Pitt Meadows local artist and Golden rep). My head is so full of stuff that I learned today that I think it's going to burst. It was great to ask questions about products I have and/or want to get. It was a 2 1/2 hour session and it just flew by...wow what a day! Came away inspired to do more acrylics and to try my hand doing watercolours on a canvas panel with a fiber paste ground...just think no buckling/warping of paper while painting.
I also found out how to make my heavy body paint work more like open acrylics by mixing Soft Gel in it. And learned that Open Acrylics should not be used to paint in a thick format (Heavy Body paints are better for that). If you use the Open Acrylics and want to paint thickly you need to add medium to it.
Open acrylics are better for plein air painting than in the studio. You can mix your Heavy Body paints with the Open acrylics and it will slow the drying time of the HB paints but at the same time will speed up the Open ones...kind of a trade off, but something to keep in mind if you have both.
You can make your own fluid paints by just adding Polymer Gloss or Matte to your heavy body paint (cheaper this way)...this I am going to try, because those little bottles of fluid paint are expensive.
Shari passed around sample paintings of every product we covered and it was pretty much everything they make. Great to see up close and personal...and be able to touch them.
At the end of the session we all received a packet and a sample bag. So I have two new mediums and 4 new tubes of paint. Also the best was receiving a Hand Painted Colour swatch of all their colours - it even had the initials of the person who hand painted the swatches. You could actually see the vibrancy of the colours and feel the texture...sure beats having to paint your own swatches of every colour you own. Also I found out that only Golden hand paints their tube colours...not actually onto the tubes (would take forever) but onto labels that are affixed to the tubes, same with their jars. I thought that was pretty cool...get a more accurate colour when you are purchasing a tube of paint....no guess work.
There was also a colour mixing-modern theory chart of those non mineral paints...you know the ones we cannot pronounce like Anthraquinone, Quinacridone, Naphthol, Phthalo, etc. LOL!
Oh heck I could go on and on...tomorrow just painting, painting, painting and experimenting.
If something like this comes to your local art store or art painting group, I highly recommend attending...and it should be FREE!