We are proud to stock a range of Golden products in our store, and in this blog post we will talk about Golden Heavy Body acrylics, Golden Fluid acrylics and various Golden mediums. All Golden products are compatible with one another, which is a great advantage of the Golden acrylic system.

Golden Artist Colors Inc. was founded in 1980 in a barn in upstate New York by retiree Sam Golden, who had been working in the industry alongside his uncle for more than 30 years. Ever since the company’s establishment, Sam Golden, and now his son, Mark Golden have endeavoured to serve the professional artist by creating paints that are excellent quality, high in pigment strength, and have a variety of textures and consistencies. By focusing on creating acrylic-based paints they have become masters in their field, and as a result have a huge following across the globe.

The Golden Heavy Body acrylic range was the first product range to be developed by Golden and arguably the first type of artist’s quality heavy body acrylic to be manufactured. The Heavy Body acrylics offer artists a high pigment strength paint with a thick consistency, making it perfect for impasto techniques and thick paint application. The paint also retains brush stroke texture – a characteristic usually only associated with oil paints. Available in tubes in a wide range of colours, Golden Heavy Body acrylics have become one of the most well-known of the brand’s products.

We also have the Golden Fluid acrylic range, which is the second most popular acrylic formulation from Golden. Fluid acrylics have been designed to be poured and drizzled and are sold in flexible plastic bottles with a hole in the cap to make full use of this characteristic. It should be noted that Fluid acrylics are not just watered down versions of the Heavy Body acrylics but actually have the same pigment strength and can be equally as opaque as their Heavy Body counterparts. The Fluid range is very versatile and is ideal for those wanting for work in fine detail or for glazing and staining techniques. An airbrush medium can be added to the fluid acrylics to make them compatible for airbrushing. Golden Fluid acrylic also boasts one of the widest ranges of iridescent and interference colours, which are absolutely stunning! Both the Heavy Body and Fluid acrylic range have hand-painted colour swatch on the bottle which shows artists the true colour of the paint as well as its opacity.

Lastly, we stock a wide range of the Golden Acrylic mediums. This includes varnishes, gessos, molding & texture gels, retarders and various acrylic additives. The gessos and grounds offer artists a high quality, ready-to-use product to prepare surfaces for paint application or even other art media such as watercolour, pastels and even oil paint. Golden gels and modelling pastes can be used to create interesting textures on an artwork. They can also be used to create glazes, extend acrylic paints and change the final finish of the paint. The gels and modelling pastes can be tinted using any of the Golden paints. There is a wide range of mediums and additives that offer artists the ability to change acrylic colours in an almost infinite number of ways. From the Silkscreen Medium (which can transform paints to suit silkscreen applications) to Acrylic Flow Release (which can be used in increase the flow of paint) and even the Gel Medium (which has a wide range of uses and can even be used as a glue when creating collages)! The varnishes are perfect for those who want to ensure their artworks last as long as possible and have several fantastic characteristics. Firstly, they are removable which is ideal if the surface becomes particularly grubby over time – the dirt and gunge can be removed along with the varnish and a fresh coat can then be applied. Golden varnishes offer UV protection, which will extend the life of any painting.

For tips, tricks and ideas, the Golden website has some fantastic resources including videos and an interactive mixing chart which will help you to get the most out of your Golden products. You can check it out here: www.goldenpaints.com

 

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic and a range of Golden Acrylic Mediums

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic on the left and a range of Golden Acrylic Mediums on the right

 

 

 

14 comments

  1. Juliet GreigReply

    Good afternoon,

    I am very interested in the fluid acrylics. Do you perhaps have any workshops coming up in the Eastern Cape, or anyone here who can advise on how to use these paints?

    • MeganReply

      Hi Juliet

      Thank you for your message. We don’t have a presence in the Eastern Cape unfortunately, sorry about that. There are some great resources online for learning about Golden Fluid acrylics though. There’s Golden’s own data sheet (click to view), as well as a number of helpful YouTube videos. It’s really an incredible and versatile product to work with.

      If there’s anything in particular you’d like to know about using Fluid Acrylics, please let us know and we’d be more than happy to help. Also, note that if you’re looking at ordering from us online or via email, we do offer delivery to the Eastern Cape.

      Warm regards

      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

  2. Yvonne DippenaarReply

    Hi, I am interested in your golden pouring acrylics. Where are you situated? Or where can I find your products? I am in Pretoria. Thank you
    Yvonne

    • MeganReply

      Hi Tyrone

      Thanks for your message. I use Transfer Glaze quite often, so I’ll explain my process to you. Some people do it a little differently , but that is okay too.

      1. First I get the image I want and I print it on a laser printer (you can use an inkjet printer if you would like).
      2. Then, using a clean brush, I apply a thin layer of transfer glaze, making sure I paint it on in one direction. Let it dry thoroughly.
      3. When the first layer is dry, paint on a second coat of transfer glaze, in the opposite direction as your previous coat. Let it dry thoroughly. Two layers is enough, but you can do more, just as long as you let them dry thoroughly before you apply the next one.
      4. When your Transfer Glaze layers are all dry, you then soak your paper in clean water (if you use lukewarm water it helps). Let your image soak for a good hour or two.
      5 After soaking, get your surface ready that you want to transfer onto. Make sure that it is clean and dust free.
      6. Now place your image, with the side that has the Transfer Glaze on touching the surface you want to transfer onto.
      7. Make sure all the bubbles are out, by flattening it with your hand.
      8. Now start by rubbing away the soaked paper in a circular motion. You can rub away by hand, or I like to use a damp sponge. You need to be quite firm when rubbing the paper away. Don’t rub too hard or you might rub the transfer away.
      9. Re-wet the paper if there is still some residual paper that is struggling to rub off.
      10. Once all the paper is rubbed away and you image is cleaned, you can put a varnish on top to protect it.

      Below is a link to a video of an artist who uses Dala Transfer Glaze to transfer images of pets onto an old wooden door. She uses 6 layers of transfer glaze , but I think two would be enough. In my experience a few more layers just helps prevent the transfer from tearing when you rub the paper off. Just click on the link below to watch her video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nytWcyBJbxY

      I hope this helps; if you need anything else, I will be happy to help.

      Warm regards and have a lovely day
      Megan

    • MeganReply

      Hi Gail

      Thanks for your message. We don’t offer classes, but we have written a blog post about acrylic pouring and you can click here to view it.

      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and we would be more than happy to help.

      Warm regards and have a lovely day
      Megan

  3. Juliet GreigReply

    Hi Megan. Please advise whether you have Liquitex or its equivalent. In other words, I’m looking for the actual pouring medium which one adds to the acrylic paint. Also, do you sell silicone (the medium that creates the “cells”)?

    • MeganReply

      Hi Juliet

      We do stock Liquitex Pouring Medium – you can view it online by clicking here. We have also written a blog post all about pouring medium – you can read it by clicking here. We do not sell the silicone, but you should be able to find that at a pharmacy or hardware store.

      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and we would be more than happy to help.

      Warm regards
      Megan

  4. Anthony PatrocinioReply

    Hi , I’m looking for someone who can locally supply me with smallish ( eg. +\- 50-100g or less units maybe ) of pure powdered pigments ( i.e. Without a carrying medium in enough colours to make up a basic palette ) to be used for mixing up egg tempera paints . I would imagine its the same raw material that you put into your products , could you not perhaps offer a range ex – stock ? Any advice would be welcome . Many Thanks Tony .

  5. ChristaReply

    Please if you can help, dont know if you are familiar to sculpture paint or clavel reviera, dont know if you r golden fibre paste or golden heavy paste have these features… It can hold shape for 5 cm and do not crack or shrink take 5 to 8 days to dry, so slow drying time and dry product is hard and do not crumble

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