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Atelier Interactive’s Fast And Slow Painting Techniques


Interactive’s Advantages Over Other Acrylics And Oils

  • Oil painters have unlimited blending time but cannot control the built in longer drying time to suit themselves.
  • Acrylic painters choose acrylics for their speed of drying, but they cannot control the short drying time built into traditional style acrylics, thus making it difficult to blend and finish what they are doing before the paint dries.
  • Atelier Interactive is so versatile that it can be used for any of the customary fast drying techniques that acrylic artists use, or the drying time can be controlled, allowing artists to extend wet blending whenever they need to. The ability to delay drying only happens if the artist chooses to add Unlocking Formula as the paint dries.

If you use this information sheet for reference as you paint, you will feel comfortable about adding slow techniques to your existing fast ones. Your style will develop because Atelier Interactive is a superb paint and with a little practice, you will be able to master its use for slow as well as fast techniques.

How To Do The “Old” Fast Drying Techniques - The Techniques Acrylic Artists Have Developed Since The 1960’s

Atelier Interactive, like other acrylics, dries when its water content evaporates or gets absorbed into the surface being painted on. Therefore if you proceed as you normally would, nothing unexpected will happen and the particular part of your painting process you are carrying out will dry at a “normal” rate.

There is one exception that you need to be aware of. When the paint is touch dry it can be over painted, but it goes through a curing stage during which the paint layer is “tender” until curing is completed some time later. Be careful when doing sgraffito, the technique that some artists use where they apply a second layer of paint and then scratch back vigorously to reveal some of the colour beneath, which can dislodge a layer of uncured Atelier Interactive. If this happens, use a hair dryer to cure your underpainting.

There is a list of conventional mediums that can be used in normal fast painting processes such as Binder Medium, Heavy Gel and Moulding Paste, Universal Medium/Varnish and more. There is one medium specially designed to form a skin rapidly when doing thin multiple layering techniques, the Fast Medium & Fixer. When you incorporate any of these mediums for “fast” techniques, you will not be able to reopen touch dry paint with Unlocking Formula to blend colours.

Note: Heavy Gel and Moulding Paste are often applied so thickly for textural effects that they will take quite a long time to dry.

How To Do The “New” Slow Techniques - Slow Drying With Extended Wet-In-Wet Blending

As the paint is drying it reaches a tacky stage like oil paints rather than forming a skin like standard acrylics. You can identify this tacky stage easily because your brush will begin to drag, and if you touch the painting with your fingertips, the painting will feel sticky.

How to keep painting wet-in-wet

You need moisture to replace what is evaporating and the paint will come back to life.

Use Unlocking Formula in an atomizer. Stand back a bit and spray so that the larger droplets fall short and only an even fine mist hits the painting. Check with your fingertips and when they slide over the surface, you have enough moisture to go on. Spraying with Unlocking Formula keeps wet paint wet and rewets paint which is nearly dry or just dry.

Using Slow Medium, Clear Painting Medium, Heavy Body Painting Medium or Thick Slow Medium will contribute wetness and reduce the need to spray as often. Choose the appropriate medium according to consistency as it relates to your painting style, and use the spray as well if you want to.

Heavy Body Painting Medium - Heavy body consistency, with the main purpose of keeping your painting wet longer and for edge blending. You will still need to spray with Unlocking Formula, but not as often, and when it dries it has to cure.

Slow Medium - Liquid consistency, stays wet longest and “builds up.”

Clear Painting Medium (the most popular medium) – Liquid consistency with no “build up” effect.

Thick Slow Medium - Impasto consistency with no “build up” effect.