A Remarkable Way to Stretch Canvases (and Other Essentials of Canvas Preparation)

I am going to present a stretching procedure that may sound heretical and very much at odds with what artists are taught about canvas preparation from their earliest studio days. I ask that readers please suspend disbelief and give a try to some of the special techniques that follow. If these procedures are embraced, artists … Read more

The Nomenclature of Color

By Sarah Sands Introduction On our Web site, for every color we make, an artist will find a wealth of information running in parallel next to the much more visual presence of a virtual drawdown. If asked what the color looked like, or told to mix a similar hue, most would instinctively go to the … Read more

Custom Lab Launches New Experimental Products

By Scott Bennett Color Travel Interference COLORS No, this is not a misprint. The product category is actually called Color Travel Interference Colors. This means that as the viewing angle changes, the colors shift dramatically. Similar to the Interference Oxides, they use oxide-coated micas. The unifying color effect among the Interference Oxides and these new … Read more

GOLDEN Answers Artists’ Requests for Traditional Palette

  Six New Historical Fluid Acrylic Colors Introduced As a direct result of requests from the art community, we have added six new colors to our existing Fluid Acrylic product line to include a selection of historical colors previously offered only in the Heavy Body formula. Recognizing the need for these significant colors for artists … Read more

Safe Handling and Transportation of Acrylic Paintings

When artists create paintings their focus is typically on issues of aesthetics. Concerns over the substrate, ground, painting materials and the overall durability or integrity of the work are typically either built into the working style, or not. Usually, last among the concerns for the work is its stability in regards to its storage and/or … Read more

Mural Painting

The many considerations an artist will face when embarking on a mural project may be imperceptible to a casual viewer of these large, often public, artworks. There are many different types of murals and mural applications, and each type presents its own set of challenges. The muralist will want to ensure the mural’s integrity by … Read more

Technical Notes on Drying

Although acrylic paint tends to dry quickly, several techniques and additives can extend wet time. This Information Sheet discusses how acrylic paints cure and describes how that process can be controlled and manipulated to an artist’s advantage.   The Acrylic Drying Process Water is Forced Out by Capillary Action: Acrylics dry as the vehicle that … Read more