Atelier Free Flow is a wonderfully fluid artists’ acrylic that has amazing coverage, spreadability and simply “flies off the brush.” With intense pigment load, vivid color intensity and drying to a velvet, matte finish, it is ideal for all applications requiring a smooth and/or fluid paint such as acrylic pouring and mixed media. It can be used as a substitute for gouache, watercolour or ink.
Atelier Free Flow utilizes the latest advances in pigment and polymer technology, this paint the most fluid, vivid, matte artists’ acrylic in the world. It can be used straight from the bottle or diluted with water for greater transparency. It dries to a rich matte finish with a velvet sheen that seems to glow from the inside. Because Atelier Free Flow dries so quickly, overpainting can proceed very rapidly, and layers don’t get muddy. It can be used as a standalone, matte acrylic paint or incorporated with a heavy bodied acrylic such as Atelier Interactive. This combination of consistencies will add more contrast and texture to your work.
Atelier Free Flow is perfect for quickly colouring and covering large areas and layers can easily be overpainted. It is ideal as a substitute for gouache and can be diluted with water for watercolour effects. It is also great for mixed media, illustration, acrylic pouring and the fine, sharp details in Aboriginal and Chinese art styles.
Regardless of your application or technique, you’ll find Atelier Free Flow just glides from the brush. It requires very little dilution to reach your preferred consistency. For an artist, this ensures brilliant pigment strength is retained, painting light over dark colours is far easier and the integrity of the paint itself remains strong and durable. An exciting substitute for ink, watercolour, or gouache, it’s perfect for washes and glazes, mixed media pieces, art journaling, illustration, gestural painting, quick studies, and much more.
Atelier Free Flow Painting Techniques
With its fluid viscosity and glowing, matte finish, Atelier Free Flow is ideal for these popular painting techniques and styles:
Atelier Free Flow can be diluted for traditional watercolour application. When applying Atelier Free Flow on paper, it blends harmoniously with the surface qualities of the paper and provides a neutral surface on which to continue painting. In this way, it can also act as a primer for over-painting in traditional watercolour or gouache techniques.
Atelier Free Flow presents artists with a superior choice over gouache. It handles just like a gouache; however, being an acrylic, Atelier Free Flow is very tough and durable once dry. Traditional gouache tends to dry to a chalky and fragile finish that cannot be easily overpainted. Atelier Free Flow dries to a velvet matte finish and retains its vibrancy of colour – other matte paints usually look dull by comparison. Atelier Free Flow is wonderful for works on paper that often are presented alongside larger works by exhibiting artists.
Mixed Media Techniques
Atelier Free Flow’s matte velvet finish accepts pencil, pastels, crayons and permanent markers well. It adheres to magazine print and similar glossy surfaces and will not scratch off. Additionally, when applied straight from the bottle, an opaque brush mark can be achieved without thin paper buckling heavily from excessive moisture.
Acrylic Painting Techniques
Atelier Free Flow can be used with other acrylic paints at any stage of the painting process. It is very useful for quickly painting large masses or blocking in early stages of a composition because the viscosity spreads so easily and smoothly.
It is also particularly useful for fine detail, whereas a heavy body acrylic such as Atelier Interactive may be used to create dramatic textural effects in the same painting.
Atelier Free Flow is great for powerful glazing techniques. It can also be mixed with the Atelier Mediums for a range of new acrylic painting mixtures, effects & techniques. Please note: Atelier Unlocking Formula only works with Atelier Interactive.
Artists who currently create expressive brush marks with ink, but are sometimes disappointed with inks transparency, will thoroughly enjoy using Atelier Free Flow. Its fluidity is wonderful for long graceful strokes of heavily pigmented colour and it retains subtle brush marks beautifully. Its opacity and ease of dilution are perfect for the illustrator, letter artist or sequential artist.
Acrylic Pouring and Resin
When mixed with Atelier Pouring Medium, artists can create smooth, even puddles and ribbons of colour, blooms, cells and acrylic skins. Artist Julia Dover uses Atelier Free Flow dropped with resin to create unique artworks. As this is an experimental technique and there are lots of resins on the market, please test prior to application! To find out more on this technique and on Julia, please visit Julia on Instagram or on YouTube.
Atelier Holding Medium bodies Atelier Free Flow and Jo Sonja Matte Flow Acrylic for a thicker, more controlled, painterly application.
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