GOLDEN Fluorescent Colors are produced from dyes surrounded by a polymer coating. The photo-luminescence of these colors is caused by the absorption of ultraviolet radiation and shorter visible wavelengths which are then emitted as longer wavelengths within the visible spectrum. These emissions appear as intense, brilliant color.
- Choosing Underlying Colors
GOLDEN Fluorescent Acrylics have been formulated for maximum intensity of color. Like other GOLDEN products, GOLDEN Fluorescents have a high pigment load. However, because the fluorescent pigments are extremely transparent, they should be applied over light colors of similar hue to achieve opacity. The greatest intensity of color can be achieved by working over a bright white surface, such as GOLDEN White Gesso or Heavy Body Titanium White.
- Blending with Other Fluorescent Colors
GOLDEN Fluorescent Colors should be used by themselves to achieve the maximum vibrancy. Even blending Fluorescent colors together will begin to diminish the brightness. Always test blends before use in artwork.
- Blending with Other Acrylic Paints
Other non-fluorescent acrylic colors may be blended with these fluorescents, but doing so will tend to decrease the fluorescent color intensity dramatically. Even very small additions of a Heavy Body or Fluid Acrylic can substantially dull the color.
- Blending With Gels & Mediums
Blending with gels and mediums should not negatively effect the brightness of the Fluorescent Colors. GOLDEN Gels and Mediums are available in a large assortment of viscosities and offer many unique attributes (refer to the GOLDEN Product Review on Gels & Mediums for the most current information). Reducing the Fluorescents with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium will yield excellent sprayability.
Blends with GOLDEN Matte Products, such as Matte Medium or Regular Gel (Matte) may diminish the brightness of the pigment by interfering with the absorption of light.
Because the Fluorescent colors are pigmented dyes, they are not lightfast. If greater permanency is desired, GOLDEN MSA Varnish with Ultraviolet Light Stabilizers (UVLS) is recommended. Should the work be made to be viewed under ultraviolet light (black light), no MSA Varnish w/UVLS or Polymer Varnish w/UVLS should be used, as it will diminish the "glow" quality and may cause the surface to look uneven.
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.