As the name indicates, GOLDEN High Load Acrylics have an extremely
high pigment content. They were first produced as a custom line
of colored gessoes. Soon after, artists began to discover their
usefulness as an extremely potent paint for thin applications.
They are not tints (mixes with white), but produced from a single
pigment, which makes them very rich and intense in appearance.
They have a similar look to watercolor gouache, but are insoluble
Use As A Ground/Gesso:
GOLDEN High Loads are most commonly used as a colored gesso.
Their consistency is very close to that of the GOLDEN Gesso, and
the working properties of these products are also comparable since
they both impart a similar tooth. The High Loads can be blended
with GOLDEN White or Black Gesso in any ratio. This gives artists
the ability to create a wide variety of colors and values without
altering any important surface attributes of the Gesso.
Use As A Paint:
High Load Acrylics are also excellent paints for thin applications.
Loose sketching and under-painting can be achieved without thinning.
The matte finish allows easy viewing while working on a gessoed
canvas. High Load Acrylics are the suggested acrylic paint line
for use under oil paints.
Mixing With Other GOLDEN Products:
High Loads can be intermixed with any GOLDEN Acrylic Paints,
Gels, and Mediums. Use Matte Gels or Mediums to keep the sheen
low, or use Gloss Gels or Mediums to increase the brilliance of
a particular pigment.
Many artists enjoy airbrushing the High Loads for use in fine
art and commercial illustration. Before airbrushing, the High
Loads should be thinned with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium to achieve
the proper spraying qualities. Thinning only with water can lead
to very poor adhesion and undesirable film defects. (Refer to
the GOLDEN Airbrush Medium Information Sheet for further details
and mixing ratios).
Safety Note: Do not spray-apply Cadmium High Load Acrylics, or
any GOLDEN paint containing Cadmium.
Increasing Film Strength
Due to the high level of pigment and other solids in the High
Load Acrylics, they form a more fragile film than most other GOLDEN
paint lines. In general, any matte surface is easier to mar than
a glossy counterpart. With High Loads, the artist should understand
what features, such as matteness or consistency, they wish to
keep, and which ones they desire to alter, before selecting the
appropriate gel or medium. (Refer to the Information Sheet: "GOLDEN
Product Review: Gels & Mediums" for a complete listing
of all of the gels and mediums made by GOLDEN Artist Colors).
Always test new mixes before applying them to the artwork to avoid
Increasing the Color Selection
Many pigments are impossible to
produce in the High Load formula. If there is a color that isn't
in the product line, a paint with similar properties can be made
by blending the Fluid Acrylics (Heavy Body Acrylics or Matte Acrylics
are also viable alternatives) and Super-Loaded Matte Medium. A
1:1 mix is a good starting point. Keep in mind that although these
mixes will appear similar to the High Loads, they will be lower
in pigment content.
GOLDEN High Load Acrylics can produce
a clear separation (a mixture of water, retarder, acrylic and
other paint additives vital to paint formulation) if they are
not used frequently. It is critical to the adhesion and stability
of this paint system that the separation is not poured off, but
homogeneously re-stirred back into the other paint components.
The above information is based on research and testing done by
Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and is provided as a basis for understanding
the potential uses of the products mentioned. Due to the numerous
variables in methods, materials and conditions of producing art,
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. cannot be sure the product will be
right for you. Therefore, we urge product users to test each application
to ensure all individual project requirements are met. While we
believe the above information is accurate, WE MAKE NO EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, and we shall in no event be liable for any damages
(indirect, consequential, or otherwise) that may occur as a result
of a product application.