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