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!

The Wonderful hand painted chart and the colour mixing-modern theory chart.

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Comment by Wenda Spooner on June 16, 2016 at 3:11pm
I found this very interesting Wanda
Comment by Charles Eisener on August 24, 2015 at 6:42pm

 Golden has been an employee - owned company for the past year or so according to their web site.  Would like to visit one of their "nearby" production facilities at some point.   Unfortunately there are no art stores in the immediate area; closest one I know of is about 60 miles away unless AC Moore qualifies.

I am a member of the local Plein Air group, but no one else uses acrylics.   The good news is that we are not rooted in place.  While initially looking at AZ, it is more likely that we will be going to the Raleigh NC area in the not too distant future.  With a major retailer in town (Jerry's) and a larger population base, my options should expand dramatically.  Here's hoping!!

Anyway - glad you had the opportunity and equally happy that you enjoyed the session and learned some new techniques!

Comment by Wanda McDonald on August 24, 2015 at 2:16pm

Charles I believe if you are part of an art group or even speaking to your local art store they can schedule a demo. At least that was my understanding. I'm in Canada on the West Coast and they do them any time our art store requests one. You might want to look into that, you can even contact Golden. The artist doing our demo said they are very helpful (family owned and run company)..maybe check that out.

Comment by Charles Eisener on August 24, 2015 at 12:54pm

The colour mixing chart is available for reference on the Golden web site.

I wish Golden would schedule an event close to home, but most in this sales region seem to be in the NYC area rather than more  upstate locations.  The nice part about their demos is that real acrylic artists are the presenters, not sales staff that may have more limited practical experience with the products.  Golden's web site lists scheduled demos and programs for each of the different sales regions in the US.      

Comment by Lynda Dinneen on August 24, 2015 at 7:58am

Great stuff Wanda!  Thank you for posting this.....how much fun was this day!?!?!?!  Love the rocks!  Excellent!

Comment by Wanda McDonald on August 23, 2015 at 9:21pm

Hi Linda, It's been a busy weekend, also attended The West Fine Art Show in Langley and got to meet and talk to all the artists (two of them I already know, so that was nice and one of them is going to get me into the VIP reception next year...yippee )....all professionals and all so very talented. 

I did manage to get a bit of acrylic painting done today...working on a 16 x 20 piece. And prepped a board with Golden fibre paste to try doing a watercolour on it. Also did my daily 30 minute sketch (the theme for this week is rocks)...I used a PMP photo for reference : A baboon sitting on a tower of rocks...the rocks are the focus. Mostly just worked on the values. Used only an HB pencil for it.

Comment by Linda Wooding on August 23, 2015 at 9:07pm

Sure sounds like an exciting day!  I've attended workshops and I know how quickly time evaporates!! Very nice colour mixing chart, it'll take the guessing out of mixing paints.  Wow! what a day!!  I can almost hear the enthusiasm you have. Remember to keep posting your experiments....you'll be dreaming of setting your work space with fun!  Good going and happy painting!

Comment by Elizabeth Amanda Elgin on August 23, 2015 at 6:18am

Thanks for posting this. They often have these seminars at my local art supply store but it's always a weekday. From your description it would be worth taking off work to attend. GOOD info about the OPEN, not thick, etc.  I learned about the polymer from an artist on Craftsy - he paints with a lot of glazing and uses the fluid paint to make glazes since their pigment load is so high. So much to  learn, so little time.

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