This morning, Jonathan (my husband) and I had a Saturday morning art date, and attended a workshop on the working properties of Golden brand paints. Golden majors on acrylic paints (though they also own Williamsburg oils), and are committed to ever expanding the world of acrylic possibilities. If you have ever visited the "Golden aisle" of an art supply store, you will know what I mean when I say the array is rather dazzling. I was interested in gaining a more concrete idea of what the myriad of additives and mediums can do, and to see how these could apply to Jonathan's new series in acrylic.
There were a handful of highlights that I'd love to share with you. Mostly, the Golden Open Series of acrylics, which have a slower drying time, caught my eye because they are recommended for printmaking applications. As most of you know, printmaking is part of my background and an ongoing interest of mine. Living in a dry climate makes relief printing (such as linocut and woodblock) a bit of a trial sometimes, so the idea of using an acrylic paint with a long dry-time as opposed to block printing inks (which require attentive misting) is an appealing prospect.
During the Q and A time, I noted a tip relating to Open Acrylics that was of interest-- if you mix Golden Open Medium with other Golden paints, it lends to them the properties of Open Acrylics to whatever other Golden product you're working with. So, one doesn't actually need to go out and buy new tubes of Open series paints in order to get printing-- mix in the medium with what you already have. Super bonus.
Another noteworthy medium that was discussed is called GAC (Golden Artist Colors) 900. This is an additive for making paints work with fabric. I was amazed to feel how soft the paint was on fabric. Furthermore, there was a fascinating example involving a chiffon-like fabric (below), and the painted area didn't feel hard, sharp, or brittle. The GAC 900 works some pretty intense magic.
Overall the workshop was really valuable, and we learned a lot about how to use the various additives and mediums.
Do you have a favorite medium or type of Golden acrylic paint? Share your favorites in the comments below.