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Blade Applied Translucent Acrylic Grounds

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  1. Thankyou for your sustaining out reach in these challenging times up in Canada… art appreciation and art making are very very consoling and generative practices…thank you for remembering how goes the beating of all our hearts…and the Art in Heart……the Heart in Art… you have kept us nourished and hopeful for many co-creative years.Thankyou ,Thankyou!

    • Hi Regina,

      You are most welcome! We certainly agree that art appreciation and art making are essential and important parts of human life. Thank you for this comment and compliment. We truly appreciate hearing from you. Keep making art, be safe and be well.

  2. This was great and perfectly timed as I had already been trying to get a glaze on calico on a board but not getting the smooth finish that I was wanting. I was wondering whether dying the fabric then successive layers of medium would give me the smooth effect but I’m going to try this first as it’s quicker. thanks!

    • Hi Retrochic!

      How nice to hear that this article was perfectly time for you! While we can comment on these techniques and materials used over acrylic colored surfaces on cotton duck canvas, it becomes more difficult when we are talking about using unknown kinds of dyes on other kinds of fabrics. Dyes can be water sensitive and perhaps ammonia sensitive, so you would have to test over these surfaces and alternative colorants. It is possible but the materials you are using are in an experimental and alternative category, so harder to comment effectively. We assume these pieces are meant to be displayed as fine art and are not functional in nature. Feel free to send us an email with further questions at Help@goldenpaints.com

  3. Hey Scott,

    Great article!

    Quick question: What medium did you use in the photo of the larger scale application (4″ x 5″) of a turquoise glaze mixture showing darker areas from multiple passes with the metal blade?



    • Hi Benjamin,

      Thank You! That larger scraped on color ground was a mixture of Fluid Acrylic and Soft Gel ( Semi-Gloss ). I happen to like our Soft Gels a lot and use them in a lot of my mixtures. As with anything, the more you play and experiment, the more you learn and the easier it becomes to make these choices within your own practice.

    • Hello Raymie,

      You could apply our Gesso with a blade tool. And you do not necessarily need to thin it down. It can be a good way to apply it! It gets that first layer well forced into the fibers. I think it will not work well on a panel, and brush application for panels would be better.

    • You can use this method with gesso, particularly with thicker products. I use knives to apply gesso to heavy watercolor paper, for example. Gesso is designed to be opaque, so you will not get the translucent effects that Scott is referencing.

      • Hi Charles,

        You can most definitely blade apply our Gesso, other thicker products, and more opaque products as well. In this article I am highlighting the particular color and surface effects possible with more translucent mixtures of Medium, Gel Mediums and Paints. While the overall method can work with just about any paint or medium consistency, very thin mixtures will tend to stain and soak in to canvas or paper quickly and so may be less effective in getting an even application.

  4. Great article as always. Perhaps you can help me. I teach mixed media and acrylic painting to adults at our local Art Center. Having used Golden products almost exclusively for 30 years now, they are my go-to for materials lists in my classes and workshops. I had a student show up with a product from your competitor called Clear Gesso. It has a fairly aggressive tooth, similar to your pastel ground, but dries to a clarity similar to thinned matte medium. It has worked well over surfaces such as stone, wood, and ceramic tile; where the natural look of the substrate is desirable. I’m wondering if I’m just completely overlooking a similar product Golden may already have, or is there any combination your product wizards could suggest to mix our own. Thank you for maintaining such an informative website and newsletter.


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