Matte Acrylics versus Regular acrylics

A question from the email bag: "I am trying to create a gouache-like surface with acrylic and am wondering what medium/gel to add. I am looking for super easy flow off the brush and a flat application..." Thanks to Rosalie Fanshel for submitting this question.

Rosalie: The best bet I think is to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden. You can get a very velvety surface from these. Compare the Matte Acrylics with regular Heavy Body in the picture above. The gloss of the regular Heavy Body Paint is causing a glare. Keep in mind you can also just put plenty of Matte Medium into your regular paint to knock back the glare. However, you will diminish the color somewhat since Matte Medium tends to add a waxy like effect to the color. As shown in this photo. The words "matte medium" are in fact made with matte medium and you can see how waxy they look.
So, there you have it. Your choices are 1) to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden or 2) to use lots of Matte Medium in the paint itself.
Hope that answers your question, Rosalie. Any other comments? Let me know.


Wait, but what if I cry or sweat? said...

Hello, Tesia...

I am new to the idea of using acrylics out of a jar. I want to invest in several of these jars of the Golden matte acrylic paint...would you let me know if the surface of the leftover paint in the jar keeps from forming a skin?...I would hate to fork out that money and have half used jars dry out. Im a pretty good girl about putting lids back on...thats not the issue. Im just thinking about the air left in the jar when its screwed shut.
Thank you thank you,


Tesia Blackburn said...

Hi Peggy:
Thanks for your question. The matte acrylics will have the same properties that regular acrylics have regarding drying out in the jar. As long as you keep the lid on and clean the lid so it closes tight you shouldn't have a problem. I also like to give the jar a good smack on the table to keep the air pockets from forming.

Hope that helps!

Wait, but what if I cry or sweat? said...

Thank you very much, Tesia...blessings on you and your work.


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