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How to blend Artist Acrylic Paints Blending paints lesson

How to blend Artist Acrylic Paints Blending paints lesson


Hi. Welcome back to Art Fusion Productions.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Glenn Farquhar, and I’m gonna give you a few little
tips on different paints that you can use out there on the marketplace. Now I’ve been
using acrylics for years, and one of the biggest problems I’ve always had with acrylics, just
like everybody else, is that the paints dry so fast. And especially if you’re in hot,
dry, conditions. They’ll dry up very quickly, and you lose control of your paints. Especially
when you’re trying to get those paints to blend. I’ve found a new paint on the market.
It’s been on the market for a while but I only discovered it in the last six months
or so. And I’ve been using it constantly ever since. And I find it hard to go back. Um,
it’s called Atelier Interactive. This is the paint here. It’s an Australian paint. Amazing
quality paints. Um, the pigment strength is 2nd-to-none. It’s whatever you paint it on,
it’ll cover it straight away instantly. Now, the thing with this paint is, it’s called
Interactive, and you can control the paint yourself. Um, what that means is that basically,
if it starts to dry, you can reactivate it, and keep on working with it. And I’m gonna
give you a little demonstration, just to show you what it does. And this is a great trick
for all those people out there, especially when you’re doing live artwork where you wanna
blend those colours together. Whether it’s abstract, or whether it’s landscapes portraits,
it doesn’t matter, it’s just that blending in of the acrylics. This paint will give you
control over that and you can just keep blending and come back to your work and start blending
again. So I’ll show you a little demonstration on how that comes together, and how we can
make this paint work for you. OK, so I’m gonna show you how these paints work. And on the-this
side over here, I’ll be using your Atelier Interactive. Now that’s the paint that we
can reactivate and continue working with and keep control of our paint for blending. On
the other side, I’m going to use the Chroma A2. The Chroma A2, is your conventualised
acrylics. This is a great quality paint, it’s light-fast, the pigments are super strong
in it, and it’s a very easy paint to use. Great coverage. I use it all the time. Now,
since I’ve been using the Atelier Interactive, when I have blending that I need to be done,
well that’s where I make sure I’m always using the Atelier Interactive because you have so
much control over your paint. So we’ll put it down onto the canvas, and I’ll give you
a demonstration so you can see what I mean by control of your paint. Alright, well we
put down our Atelier Interactive over this side, for this one I’m using a bit of Dioxin
Purple. Don’t need a lot of paint, but, um, it really goes a long way. It blends so well.
But I’m just using some Titantium White. I’m using it out of the large tub. Now, I’m just
going to put some of the white down here, and then we’ll start with our Chroma over
here, and just do our normal blend that you do, creating any artwork where you just wanna
feather it across and really have that nice even blend working through. Now what I’ll
do, I’ll put a touch more white on this side just so we got a bit of definition more on
this side so we got a lighter colour, so later you’ll be able to see how we can just continue
blending this paint. Over this side, we’ll use some A2. Again, we don’t need a lot. Pigments
are so strong. Covers very, very, easily. And the white, Titanium White. So that’s the
Cadmium Red Medium hue I’ve used. And again you can see the pigments in this paint. The
way that’s covered so easily. It’s a great paint to work with. Now when you’re blending.
Blends beautifully while it’s nice and wet. It’s later if you wanna come back and work
on this and rework this paint, once this one’s dry, you’re not gonna be able to rework it.
And I’ll show you exactly what I mean when we leave this to dry. So we’ll just let that
paint dry off so it’s touch dry. And we’ll come back and I’ll show you the difference.
Well now I have the two paints that I just put down, these are both dry as you can see
I can touch them both. No paint comes up. Now they’re not fully cured. These have only
been just dried off so I’ve had them so they’ve been touch-dry now, and I might wanna go back
to our artwork and add some more paint or do some more blending. Now as we would know
in normal acrylics, you just can’t do that. Um, once it’s dry, especially to this level,
you can’t start reworking the paint. The Attelir Interactive, what we’re going to do is get
this paint working again. Now to do that, we use a Medium. Which is your unlocking formula.
This is specially designed to work with the Atelier Interactive. And this is what makes
the Atelier Interactive such a different paint. It’s unique worldwide. Now, I’ve just put
some of the unlocking formula straight in the mist sprayer, and we’re just going to
do a mist spray over the top of this paint that we’ve just applied. Which, as you saw,
was touch-dry. Now, we let that, on the little paint, and then I can start working this paint.
And straight away, you can see, that paint is starting to blend again. Now, the more
I want that to blend, I can just add a little bit more on it if I want. It’s up to you and
how big an area you’re working with. But I’m gonna be able to blend this paint completely
out and it’s blending just like it was when I first applied the paint. As you can see,
I can add more paint to that if I wanted to, or I can just keep blending. If I wanna put
a little bit more of our original paint on top of that, it’s gonna blend straight in.
And we’re working this paint again, just like it was when we first applied it. And that’s
what’s so unique about this paint. And as you can see over here where I don’t have the
unlocking formula, it wasn’t blending, a bit of unlocking formula, and look at the way
that’s just blends straight back in. And I can work that to whatever degree I want, and
add more paint, whatever I wanna do with it, I’m back to working just like when I started.
Now over here with the A2, I’m going to try and rework that using water. I can put the
water on this paint, and it’s just not going to blend. I can’t rework that. the only way
I can work on this paint, is start adding paint on top and blending. But you will not
get it to blend in with the existing paint that’s on that canvas. And that’s what’s so
good about using the Interactive paint. Um, you can stop and start. Come back to your
artwork. You can even come back the next day and you can start to reactivate this paint.
So, since I’ve found that, whenever I’m doing my blending work, whether it’s still-life,
abstract, or whatever, the Atelier is the only way for me to go now. It-I found, it
almost impossible to go back to the old ways using the standard acrylic paint when I need
to do any form of blending whatsoever. So I hope this demonstration’s given you an indication
as to why I enjoy using the Attelier Interactive paints. The freedom you have in your artwork,
the control over the paints is second-to-none. If you’d like to find out more about the paints,
you can jump on my website, there’s links through to Chroma. It can also tell you where
you can buy the paints and so forth. So anything you wanna know, email me, I’ll answer the
questions as well. So, until next time, happy painting.

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6 thoughts on “How to blend Artist Acrylic Paints Blending paints lesson

  1. This is very informative. Thank you for this video. I am starting on a picture and I am glad that I watched this first. Now I know that I will not be able to go back to the background colors and try to blend them. Lol. I will be a bit upset. I will have to look for this product. Hopefully it is sold here in the US. I love your work.

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