Open Acrylic Sets – Golden


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OPEN Acrylics Introductory Set Modern # 044

Six-3/4 fl. oz. (22 ml) OPEN Acrylic Tubes
Contents: Benzimidazolone Yellow Medium, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue (GS), Phthalo Green (BS), Titanium White. The colours in this set include some of our cleanest organic pigments, capable of producing bright mixes and are least likely to muddy or grey.

OPEN Acrylic Colors are formulated with an optimum balance of pigment load and 100% acrylic polymer dispersion to produce a paint with a uniquely relaxed set of working characteristics and a versatility that allows artists to explore a wider range of techniques such as portraiture and landscape painting that rely on softening, shading, glazing, and creating fine detail.

OPEN Acrylics are slow-drying paints with a slightly softer consistency than Heavy Body paints. The increased working time of these colours expands its range to include more traditional techniques once only possible with oils. Thick applications can dry extremely slowly, so we recommend artists only use OPEN Colors thinly (< 1 mm). Drying time can also be accelerated by mixing OPEN with faster-drying acrylics like Fluid and Heavy Body colours. The slow-drying capability of OPEN Acrylics also makes them suitable for some printmaking techniques. Because OPEN Acrylics dry slowly, painters who cover their palettes or use sealed containers have been able to use the same colours for weeks, reducing the amount of paint wasted and preserving colour mixtures for future use.


View our Golden Acrylic Grounds set, Golden Heavy Body paints and Golden High Flow Paints.

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OPEN Acrylics remain wet on the palette for prolonged periods without skinning over and can be blended with most GOLDEN Acrylics, Mediums and Gels, with the open time of the resulting mixtures being proportionately reduced. To maintain the maximum working time of OPEN Acrylics, use OPEN Gel, Medium and Thinner.

OPEN Acrylics lend themselves to both layering and blending in some ways that are reminiscent of oils. Thin applications of OPEN Acrylics can be blended for extended periods, allowing one to develop smooth transitions and to manipulate edges. They can be thinned with either water or OPEN Thinner. When used in conjunction with OPEN Thinner, which is formulated to replenish volatile components and maintain a long working time, OPEN Acrylics can be kept wet and blendable for many hours and even days. OPEN Gel or Medium can also be added at any ratio to help maintain the working time while modifying transparency, sheen, or viscosity.

Over time, thin applications will pass through several stages where the paint will begin to slowly setup and its tack increases. During this time, which can last for many hours, subsequent applications of any OPEN products or water can continue to reopen layers and allow one to continue blending and developing complex passages and fine details.



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