It is wonderfully energizing here the level of response weâ€™ve received so far for the OPEN Acrylic. Â A number of great questions and reports from the arts community. Â I thought Iâ€™d take a few of these on here.
â€œGOLDEN OPEN Acrylic dries matteâ€¦â€Â â€œGOLDEN OPEN Acrylic dries glossyâ€¦â€ â€“ both correct. Â Iâ€™m sure folks familiar with our philosophy around all our acrylic productsâ€¦ that unless we are specifically making a matte product, we will not add any additional filler or matting agents to our colors. Â So the final sheen will vary depending upon the pigment used. Â The pigment shape, structure and load will determine the final surface sheen.Â We are not the first to do this. Â Traditional fine art oil paints have the same tradition. Â Those colors that are very fat, (a lot of oil) will be glossier than colors that are very lean. Â In fact some of the very qualities of the organic look of an oil paint comes from the fact that colors will differ in their overall sheen versus having a complete overall sameness of sheen. Â I realize this is not the answer that every artist would want, but our goal is not to dilute the color with other fillers that detract from the chroma or intensity of each individual pigment. Â You can make your colors duller, more matte or more gloss with mediums or varnish but you are stuck with what the manufacturer gives you for pigment chroma.
The other question that came up was does the GOLDEN OPEN mix with water-miscible oils.Â Yes, this product mixes with a lot of different products, some have even suggested that they can even mix traditional oil paints into our colorsâ€¦ Please donâ€™t, and Iâ€™m not coming from an aesthetic side hereâ€¦ what youâ€™ve created is a paint that is having to both dry by oxidation and by evaporation. Â You have a paint that will be mixed to some greater or lesser degree that will have within the embedded structure much different levels of flexibility upon drying. Â Clearly, we cannot predict the level of permanency of this sort of mixture. Â Iâ€™m sure we will hear some anecdotal evidence that some mixtures are working out just great, especially at very low levels. Â Thatâ€™s wonderful, but I would tend to believe that it will lead to more problems than the aesthetic solution or alchemical thrill it might provide. Â Just my guess.Â Iâ€™m sure we will find ourselves having to test this in the future.