Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics

Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics are known for their exceptionally smooth, thick, buttery consistency, and for their excellent permanency and lightfastness. These paints have the ability to "stand up" and retain brush strokes or palette knife marks on the canvas.

Heavy Body Artist Acrylics also contain the largest assortment of unique pure pigments in a 100% acrylic emulsion vehicle available to the professional artist. They contain no fillers, extenders, opacifiers, toners, or dyes.

Each Golden Heavy Body color is formulated differently depending upon the nature of the pigment. Colors that tolerate higher pigment loads dry to a more opaque, matte finish, while colors that are more reactive and do not accept high pigment loading dry to a glossy finish and tend to be more transparent. Since Heavy Body Acrylics contain no additives, such as matting agents, the gloss of each color will be different.

All Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors are thixotropic in nature. This means that when brushing or stirring, the paints actually lose viscosity and feel much thinner. The faster the paints are moving, the thinner they feel. Returned to a state of rest, Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paints gradually increase in thickness until they are again restored to their formulated viscosity.

Golden Heavy Body Acrylics retain excellent flexibility when dry, greatly diminishing the possibility of cracking that occurs in other natural and synthetic polymer systems. They also can absorb the constant stress and strain placed on canvas when it is shipped, or as it expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity.

A hand-painted color chart is available upon request.

Classic Theory Color Mixing Set — This set provides an ideal starting point for artists interested in exploring a more traditional range of naturalistic colors, such as those found in landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. The colors all played significant roles in the painting of the 19th century and earlier, a period when pigments derived from minerals, plants, and metals dominated. Contained in the set are a balanced range of eight transparent and opaque colors in 2 oz tubes, including Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue Hue, Viridian Green Hue, and Titanium White, plus a color mixing guide.

Introductory Set of 6 — Highest quality paint in a small size! This compact set is ideal for the beginner or for the traveler. It contains six .75 oz (22 ml) tubes of colors Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Naphthol Red Light, Mars Black, and Titanium White.

Modern Theory Mixing Set — Mix a wide range of remarkably clean, intense color blends that retain their brilliance even in the thinnest wash or glaze. The set contains eight organic, modern colors in a 2 oz (59 ml) size, including one each of Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Naphthol Red Light, Quinacridone Magenta, Anthraquinone Blue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), and Titanium White.

Principal Set of 6 Colors — This set contains six 2 oz (59 ml) tubes of colors Carbon Black, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium, Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), and Titanium White.

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Golden Heavy Body Acrylics
Golden Heavy Body Acrylics
Yellow Ochre, 2 oz Tube
Viridian Green Hue, 5 oz Tube
Hookers Green Hue, 8 oz Jar
Naphathol Red Medium, 16 oz Jar
Cobalt Blue, 32 oz Jar
Mars Black, 128 oz Jar
Classic Theory Color Mixing Set
Introductory Set of 6
Modern Theory Mixing Set
Principal Set of 6 Colors

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The GOLDEN MXR (Virtual Paint Mixer) is a tool which allows the artist to virtually experiment with and explore color options within the GOLDEN palette.

Golden Heavy Body Acrylics were the first products introduced by Golden Artist Colors, Inc., in 1980. Initially, the Heavy Body line was sold directly to artists in Manhattan in quart and gallon containers. Pints, 8 oz, and 4 oz jars soon followed, as the products gained more and more popularity with professional artists. Tubes of Golden Heavy Body Acrylics finally appeared on the market in 1990.

In 1980, it was considered unusual to contain a heavy body, high-viscosity paint in a jar. Almost all of the literature written about acrylic paints at that time implied that jar colors were thin, and tube colors were thicker.

Actually, the first waterborne acrylic paint was thin, similar in consistency to house paint. Only after technological improvements allowing for thicker paint formulations occurred could artist acrylics be sold in tubes.

Since Golden got its start by directly supplying professional artists, the company provided Heavy Body Acrylics in larger-size containers. As Golden products became widely accessible, jars and tubes provided more size and packaging options for a growing group of artists with a variety of needs.


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