Meeting a Ghost: A Sample of Genuine Indian Yellow

Genuine Indian Yellow was prized for its transparency, depth of color and mixing properties with notable applications in landscape painting. Its origin was and is still, a curiosity. Recently, a 19th c. sample of Indian Yellow pigment was generously donated to Golden Artist Colors by Brian Baade, Paintings Conservator and

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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

Editor’s Note: Added April 26, 2022 For some time, our recommendation for artists using oils over acrylic has been to work over harder, matte acrylic surfaces and avoid working on softer gels and gloss products. Our intention was to optimize the level of adhesion that would be achieved on a

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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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