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We are in the process of trialling a NEW professional quality artists' acrylic paint. Currently we are experimenting with two slightly different consistencies for the new formula; a very runny one we refer to as Atelier Fluid Low Viscosity and a slightly thicker one we call Atelier Soft Body Mid Viscosity.
These products are not available in the stores at the moment and the trial is still limited to just a handful of invited artists. If you would like to try some of these new paints just sign up to Chroma Link because as soon as trial kits and samples become available we will be sending out an email to let everyone know.
For more details see the product descriptions and artists' comments below.
Atelier Fluid Artists’ Acrylics
The most obvious advantage of a fluid paint formula for artists who like working at a lower viscosity is that the colour is concentrated while impasto acrylic colours, if diluted to a similar viscosity, are visibly weaker and still have an unwanted syrupy feel. The main potential users are artists who like water media effects and who work on paper, placed in a horizontal position because they usually dilute their fluid paints further with water or mediums as they use them. The Atelier Fluids do not dry with a plastic skin. They have a tooth which is ideal for accepting over-painting, especially in thin washes so just imagine a paint which has a built-in gesso effect and is perfect for over-painting!
Artists who normally use impasto acrylics will find these fluid paints could be a useful addition for glazing or fine detail when used as a supplement to their usual techniques. All existing Atelier Mediums are compatible with this new paint and can be added as needed.
The surface finish and varnishing
Artists doing water effects on paper usually do not want a shiny “plastic” look and will love the neutral finish of Atelier Fluid acrylics. Artists wanting a more glossy finish should choose a suitable varnish from the Atelier range.
There are many possible craft uses, for example, on textiles or leather. We recommend adding 30% Jo Sonja’s Textile Medium if the item is to be machine washed and it should be heat-set with an iron before washing.
See below some comments from professional artist Judith White who is currently trialling laboratory samples of the paint.
"Canvas is usually very unreceptive to fluid washes. The canvas surface, regardless of how well primed makes it hard to achieve an even gradation of colour. through the water on the surface. However Atelier Fluids, with a more intense and luminous pigment base, move better through a wet canvas surface evenly and don't lose colour saturation.
They dry with a beautiful uniform surface that has a tooth more receptive to additional washes of equal intensity. The surface is also receptive to pastels, crayons and ink.
It is easy to work intense light colours in very wet layers, over dark colours. With other fluid paints the plastic skin of an under-layer makes the top colour look dull and milky.
They are very effective with mixed media. Because they have a more robust pigment strength in dilution, they work more effectively with competing materials such as collage, modelling gels and compounds
Put another way; they have enough strength and tooth to be effective across very textured surfaces.
To see more examples of Judith White’s work visit www.judithwhite.net
Atelier Soft Body Artists’ Acrylic
This flow-formula acrylic is similar to the fluid paint but has a higher viscosity. It has a vividly matte finish and could be most easily described as a gouache like acrylic. However this new paint is superior to traditional gouache because it is waterproof when it dries and can be easily over-painted. The high quality acrylic binder can support much higher pigment loads than a Gum Arabic based gouache so the colours, especially the deep-tones, are much gutsier.
In the 1970s, Fred Williams and Bela Ivanyi more or less initiated the idea of doing gouache sketches outdoors and very frequently the subject matter was the central Australian desert which seems to have a continuing fascination for everybody.
Following are some of Bela’s remarks about the new paint he has been using outdoors.
The properties are those one would expect of an acrylic paint, and this includes of course, the fact that it becomes waterproof when dry and can easily be over-painted to make corrections, and glazing, which is possible for very experienced gouache painters, becomes easy when using this new kind of paint.
The handling is very similar to using a traditional gouache and there is no particular thing to be aware of other than that the paint needs to be in a suitable iceblock tray-like palette so that it doesn’t dry out when being used outdoors.
The colours are more intense than the colours in traditional gouache, particularly the darker toned colours, where the richness of colour is apparent whereas if a traditional gouache is being used it loses some of its intensity when I dries.
This paint ought to appeal to artists who like doing works on paper and who like the surface appearance of gouache and feel that it may be an advantage to them to use a paint which is over-paintable, tough, and has noticeably more intense colours. The surface finish could be described as vibrantly matte whereas most matte paints become duller than their shinier cousins and this becomes more evident as they become more matte. Anyone trying these paints out will notice these characteristics.
To see more artwork by Bela Ivanyi visit www.belaivanyi.com.au
Following is a comment from Bob Davis who lives in California and has many more brands of paint available to him than we have in Australia.
He insists “that this is the best acrylic paint in the world, based on its brushing qualities and its vivid though matte surface quality”.
"Other types of matte paint usually have a dull surface when compared to this paint, so it should appeal to artists who are conscious of the surface quality of the paintings that they make."
Artwork and comments from the artists trialling the paint are posted below. I have added what we have already received from Bob Davis, Bela Ivanyi and Judith White. When we get more images and feedback we will add them here.