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There are (59) entries in the category (Acrylic Painting)

Courageous Color

It’s easy to get into a rut when choosing colors for a painting. After all, there is something to be said for using the same colors, so you know exactly what to mix in order to achieve the combination you need. But if you are finding your paintings are getting a bit stale, or you want to stretch yourself, simply changing the colors you use can be a great exercise.

Chroma Demonstrations

Have you ever found yourself searching around for the right medium or paint to give a specific effect to your work? Here at Chroma, we go out into the art community to share our manufacturer’s materials knowledge that assist artists in all stages of their creative process. At art schools, art societies and shops we give many demonstrations to help in the materials learning which may otherwise take years of experience to acquire .

Magic of Mediums: Image Transfers

In recent workshops, I’ve led artists in a series of exercises exploring acrylic mediums in traditional, as well as non-traditional, ways. In the simplest terms, mediums generally are added to paint, added to the surface or applied on top of paint. Mediums enhance or alter the properties of acrylic paint, and there are many exciting ways to use them!

Commissions, a working methodology

Many artists are often asked by friends or through referrals to paint commissions of specific subjects. Negotiating that area between artistic expression, visual license and expectation when painting for a client with a specific idea, can be tricky. Stress commonly accompanies art making when the artist is mindful of the need to produce something pleasing to the client. Colin Christie, UK artist, recently sent us a description of his working methodology for landscape commissions which he has developed so that the painting process is stress free.

Going Green!

With spring just around the corner here in the USA, I thought it was a good time to address the subject of “green” in regards to colors. As a landscape painter, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of greens out there. But with careful observation, and a few general guidelines, it’s easy to get the green you need.

Don't Get Glazed By Glazing

The colors found in the Atelier Interactive Professional Artists’ Acrylics and Archival Oils paint lines are classified as opaque, semi-transparent or transparent. You may wonder just what opaque, semi-transparent or transparent mean, and why should I care? It’s important to understand what these characteristics of the color are, because how opaque or transparent a color is plays a big part in getting certain effects. And because Atelier Interactive and Archival Oils paints offer more paint in the tube than leading national acrylic or oil brands, you have more paint with which to explore new techniques.

Tantalizing Texture!

As a painter, I am drawn to all the textures that exist in nature. Texture can be shiny and slick, thick and mineral-like, soft and fluffy, hard and spiky – combinations are endless. It can be a challenge to create some of these textures with acrylics, but if you paint with Interactive and consider adding Atelier Impasto Gel and Atelier Modelling Compound to your paint box, a whole world of possibilities opens up.

Atelier Interactive Acrylics Painters' Challenge Winners!

Chroma Inc. was proud to sponsor an Atelier Interactive Acrylics Painters’ Challenge in conjunction with Jerry’s Artarama for North American artists this year. Artists from across the USA and Canada entered, and we were thrilled with the quality of the artwork and the amazing talent these painters showed. Artists were awarded Interactive paints and mediums as well as gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama.

Varnishing 101

Atelier Interactive dries without a “plastic” look, with very low sheen yet high color saturation. But it is important to protect any painting with a finishing varnish and furthermore, you can choose to alter the final sheen of your Interactive painting.   Chroma offers two types of varnishes – water-based and solvent based. The advantage of using water-based varnish is that it is water-based, but it is non-removable. The advantage of using a solvent-based varnish is that it is removable with mineral spirits, but there are fumes involved, which some artists chose to avoid.

Loosen Up!

One of the most attractive things about a painting, and one of the most challenging to master, is the art of making it look “painterly.” It’s more than just using different brushes or tools for marks or unexpected color; it’s combining these elements in a way that enhances the overall design. New Jersey artist Anne Kullaf understands this, and when she uses Atelier Interactive for her acrylic paintings, she is able to produce beautiful, expressive works that are based in realism, but with an attractive loose feel.