What Makes A Great Artists’ Paint?

There are many brands of artists' paints which use quality pigments and binders, but what makes a great artists' acrylic is its consistency and sensitivity.

It is an advantage if it is formulated by an artist, so as to be able to respond to the wide range of uses it will be put to by artists with widely varying painting styles.

Control

Artists who choose acrylics instead of oils do so because of their speed of execution. Oils can be frustratingly slow drying, however acrylic can be frustratingly fast, so that Atelier Interactive’s ability to control drying speed can be a big advantage to acrylic artists whenever they need a little more time for blending.

Choosing and planning to control your paint

All acrylic artists develop a full tool box of fast drying techniques. Most acrylic paintings are done using layering to create the complexity and nuances that a good painting needs to have. All of these painting methods can be retained, and the new ability to control and delay drying can be planned and used where it is going to be useful, most likely in the later stages of a painting rather than at the beginning. Oils are necessarily slow at all stages, and this also applies to a deliberately slow drying American brand of acrylic paint. Atelier Interactive is designed to dry normally fast and to be slowed down by the deliberate choice of the artist.

How to control drying with Atelier Interactive

Acrylic paints dry quickly by water evaporation and are designed to form a skin, after which they cannot be re-worked. This is useful for house paints, but it is a limitation for artists' paints. Atelier Interactive has been designed to dry from the bottom up: it becomes tacky and if you want more blending time spritz the damp painting with a water atomizer to add moisture and keen going. However, the paint dries normally when you have finished.

If you don't spray your painting to keep it wet, there is very little difference between the drying time of Atelier Interactive and a conventional acrylic. And if you don't spritz as soon as you notice your brush dragging, you won't be able to blend.

An alternative method for working wet in wet

Water spritzing can be difficult for large paintings, and you may find it difficult to adapt to even for small paintings. You might prefer using the Unlocking Formula, which rewets the paint even after it has dried. Unlocking Formula can be spritzed, but often the area that you have worked on is small and localized, and brushing it on may work better. So just dip your brush in the Unlocking Formula as you apply more paint.

Contemplation

Oil Painters can sit and contemplate their paintings during or at the end of a painting session and make adjustments. Acrylic painters can now do the same thing when they use Atelier Interactive.