The Life of Pigments in Fine Art Paints

Have you ever stood in the aisle of your favorite art supply retailer, or stared online at a color chart with awe (and maybe a little bit of intimidation) of the vast selection before you? The workhorse behind this range of colors is pigment – finely powdered insoluble particles available

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Chromatic Neutrals with QoR Watercolor

Neutral colors are those with little or no color saturation. Although often overlooked, neutrals play a vital role in the success of a composition. A neutral color is one without a strong chromatic hue. White, gray and black occupy the core neutral zone, and watercolor paints of these colors can

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Textured Acrylic Grounds for Oil Painting

Starting a painting with a dynamic texture can be a way to discover new possibilities and unexpected results. This article looks at five GOLDEN Acrylic products that can be used to prepare a textured surface for oils: GOLDEN Extra Coarse Pumice Gel, Coarse Pumice Gel, Fiber Paste, Coarse Molding Paste

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Painting with GOLDEN on a Budget

If you’ve ever wondered where it makes sense and is safe to cut corners on art supplies, while maintaining a high standard and ensuring longevity of your artwork, this article is for you. We’ll share a few simple tips on how you can make the most of your art supply

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(No) Repair and Restoration Advice

When I first started working for GOLDEN, training to become a Materials and Application Specialist, I was told that I should never give restoration advice. Coming from a painting conservation background I understood the concern and the reason behind it. GOLDEN as a company would put itself in a vulnerable

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Recent Lightfast Testing of Heavy Body Fluorescent Colors

When the opportunity presents itself, we always try to share results from testing being done at GOLDEN, especially when we think it would be of interest and benefit to artists. We know artists love Fluorescent colors and having recently revisited lightfast testing of our Heavy Body Fluorescents, we thought this

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New Pigment Supplier for QoR Quinacridone Red

We found a version of QoR Quinacridone Red’s PV19 pigment that creates a watercolor with a stronger tint strength and will begin using it in place of the older option.  QoR Quinacridone Red remains Lightfast I, transparent, non-granulating, and staining.  The two paints handle and behave well. Both versions of

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Mediums Vs. Additives

The world of products that can be added to acrylics to modify them for many different purposes can be a strange and confusing place. We understand that they essentially look like white products in white jars with white labels and it can be hard to understand why we have so

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Plein-Air Painting with OPEN Acrylics

Introduction Typical regular drying waterborne acrylic paints tend to dry quickly and when painting outdoors with wind, sun and warm temperatures they will dry even faster. This can make painting outdoors much more challenging with acrylics unless you are working very fast with “one shot” paintings. Our OPEN Acrylics can

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