Here are some answers to common questions about Interactive, if you have any other questions please add a comment below.
Are they flexible, permanent and waterproof just as any other acrylic paints?
Yes, Interactive is a professional artists' acrylic. They are lightfast and archival and can be combined with other acrylics. However, the more that you actually mix Interactive with other brands on your palette or canvas, the more they will act like conventional acrylics. Since the paint is designed to open up with water and has a longer curing time, I would not use them for an outdoor mural.
Can I use them as an underpainting or background under an oil painting?
Yes, you can.
I would really like to try the new paints, but can you tell me if I MUST use the slow-dryer medium to extend the work time, or is just using a water mist enough to slow it down?
When you work with Interactive, you'll find that it goes from being wet and slick, to tacky/sticky, to touch dry. It's at this tacky stage you'll feel your brush start to drag. That's the paint signaling you to add more moisture from the water sprayer or a wet brush, if you want to continue working wet-in-wet. I've found that in my studio in PA I can use water to keep my paint workable and reopen layers for about 3 -4 hours. How long water will reopen paint layers will depend on your environmental conditions, your surface, how thickly you paint and what mediums you've added. Adding Slow Medium to Interactive will make the paint accept moisture longer, thus providing artists with the ability to rehydrate using just water longer. After the first few hours, you'll need the Unlocking Formula if you want to reopen the layers.
And do I really need to use a medium to make it dry fast? Doesn't acrylic paint dry fast by itself, without the additional speed-drying medium?
All acrylics dry fast but Interactive dries differently. Since it doesn't form that immediate skin when it dries and takes 5-7 days to cure, you can reopen paint layers with water or even wet paint for the first few hours. So if you definitely do NOT want your paint to intermix, than adding the Fast Medium will make Interactive act more like a conventional acrylic and you will not be able to reopen the layer with water when its dry. It's good to add when you want to work quickly. I think that Interactive stays workable a bit longer than regular acrylics and has a longer open time. Sometimes I'll use a hair dryer to set my paint faster if I want to overpaint.
I'm taking my lessons from a DVD and need to know if the color names would be the same as those used by other traditional acrylics?
I'm not familiar with this DVD so I don't know how the DVD refers to colors or paints. Paint names may be the same (like Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Medium) or they may be different (Permanent Rose, Naples Yellow). What gives paint its color is the pigment. For example, a Cad Red Medium will be using PR 108. You should compare pigments in the paints, which should be listed on the tubes as well as in a color chart.
Do they dry with a matte finish or a sheen?
Straight form the tube Interactive dries with more of a satin finish, not bright and shiny like old-style acrylics. When you add more water or medium, that will affect the sheen. Sheens are best controlled when you varnish your paintings at the end. Varnishing a finished painting will help you address the sheen for aesthetic purposes as well as protect the painting. We make water based varnishes that don't contain solvents which may not affect your allergies.
Are they a fine artist grade product, with all the pigment properties to make them archival? I don't want to use any student-grade products at this point in my life. I don't have time to re-learn anything.
These are archival, light fast and professional. You'll find that they have nice buttery consistency with fantastic pigment load.
Additional FAQ's can be found on the Atelier Interactive FAQ page .