Fluid Acrylics are highly intense, permanent acrylic colours with a consistency similar to heavy cream. Produced from lightfast pigments, they offer very strong colours with very thin consistencies. N...+ Show More
Fluid Acrylics are highly intense, permanent acrylic colours with a consistency similar to heavy cream. Produced from lightfast pigments, they offer very strong colours with very thin consistencies. No fillers or extenders are added and the pigment load is comparable to GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics.
Unlike mixtures of heavy-bodied paints and water which produce weak colour and films by dilution, Fluid Acrylics contain high pigment levels suspended in an acrylic polymer vehicle. The result offers fine dispersion, high tinting strength, durability, flexibility and good adhesion. Fluid Acrylics are ideal for spraying, brushing, staining, and can be mixed with other GOLDEN Products. Blend with Airbrush Medium for spray application. Excellent for fabric applications.
Mixing Fluids with other mediums:
Golden Fluids can be mixed with most other mediums, grounds, gessoes, gels and other paint lines, including Golden's Heavy Body Acrylics. By blending paint lines of different viscosities, artists can create virtually any paint consistency without sacrificing colour strength. Water may be used as a thinner, but too much water will reduce the binding capability of acrylic paint and tends to flatten colours.
Fluid Acrylics load a brush more evenly than thicker paints, and they also flow consistently off the brush, allowing for longer, more uniform brush strokes. This is one of the key features of the Fluids, resulting from their low viscosity. Artists can lay down thin passages of paint that have high pigment loads; these thin passages would not be possible to achieve by diluting heavy body paints.
When a heavier stroke is required, Fluids can be blended with any gel medium. Soft, regular, heavy or extra-heavy gels will all thicken the paint to various extents. Because of the thin consistency and potency of the Fluids, they are the easiest of all the paint systems to incorporate into powerful gel mixtures.
Thick Film Drying Considerations:
All acrylic paints shrink considerably (approximately 25-40%) upon drying. When applied thickly, this tendency, coupled with the thin consistency of the Fluids, will yield surface defects called crazes. Blending Fluids with gel mediums will significantly help to prevent crazing.
Please note: Acrylics begin to harden at 15°C or 59°F, and become quite hard at temperatures below freezing. This is especially important to remember when shipping a painting in freezing conditions or when unrolling a painting that has been kept in cold storage. The paint will not spontaneously crack when frozen, but because it will be very brittle, care should be exercised in handling. When a painting has been exposed to such cold conditions, it is important to allow it to warm sufficiently before rolling, unrolling or any other handling occurs.
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