Acrylic Encaustic Effects

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Make art as unique as you! Create a one-of-a-kind painting using paintbrushes and a palette knife with Golden Fluid and High Flow Acrylics on pre-primed Ampersand Gessobord. Experiment with design elements on transparent acrylic skins made from Golden Clear Tar Gel to create layers and add depth. Fi...

Instructions

  1. Prepare several acrylic skins by pouring approximately 3 oz of Clear Tar Gel on 12" x 16" palette paper. Allow to dry for 24–72 hours in a cool, dry place. Leave skins on palette paper until ready for use or they will adhere to one another.
  2. Combine High Flow, Fluid, and Heavy Body Acrylics to create various effects using paintbrushes and palette knives.
  3. Create a drawing or use provided templates to paint designs on each side of the acrylic skin using a detail brush. Lay the drawing or template under the acrylic skin and trace with paintbrush. Layer acrylic skins as desired. a. Use High Flow Acrylics for quick drying opaque coverage over fine lines and to splatter if desired. b. Use Fluid Acrylics to fill in larger areas. c. Add Heavy Body Titanium White to add texture or mute colors.
  4. On the “top” side of the acrylic skin, paint a line drawing of your object. On the bottom side, use combination of High Flow Acrylic, Fluid Acrylic, and Titanium White to fill in color details as desired within the line drawing. Allow each side to dry before working on reverse side. a. Adhere each acrylic skin using a thin layer of Clear Soft Gel and a large paintbrush. b. Place a piece of palette paper over surface, then roll over top using roller and significant pressure. c. Adhere acrylic skins to Gessobord surface using the same method.
  5. Using a ratio of less than ½ oz Fluid Matte Medium and more than 1½ oz Clear Tar Gel, mix a batch of Acrylic Encaustic Formula. Add 1–3 drops of Interference Blue Fine, Iridescent Gold, or Quinacridone Nickel Azo and mix until completely combined.
  6. Pour the mixture over the piece and spread evenly using a palette knife. The formula will self-level, filling in any air bubbles or unevenness. Allow to dry on a flat level surface overnight. Check that surface is flat using a level to avoid damage to artwork.