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Art Supply Junkie – Fluid Acrylics

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What are fluid acrylics?

Fluid acrylics, or flow, soft body acrylics, have a lower viscosity but generally have the same heavy pigmentation of the heavy body acrylics. – Wikipedia

What that means in everyday language is that the paint is more fluid than regular acrylics, but the colours are just as intense (i.e. it’s not just diluted paint the way you could achieve yourself by adding water).

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Why do I love them?

The importance to me of this is that the paint flows and spreads more easily, and it’s much easier to get control over the paint when using a brush.

There isn’t really anything super magical about fluid acrylics, but I love them because they really make the painting process pleasurable. The paint does what I want! I like the fact that it’s quick drying, because I hate waiting! It’s also very easy to dilute with water to add splatters to your work, or mix with a glaze to create translucent effects.

I recommend using the highest quality you can afford. I use Golden which is expensive, but it goes a long way, you only have to use a tiiiiiny bit. I have also used Deco Art fluid acrylics, which I definitely recommend as a more budget conscious option while still giving great quality (but not as amazing as Golden).

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Things to try

  • Add some water and create splatters (tap your paintbrush or use an old toothbrush and scrape your finger along it to create a fine spray)
  • Add some glazing liquid (about 50/50 paint/liquid), apply to your work, let it dry for 1-2 minutes and wipe away with a baby wipe
  • Fluid acrylics work great on a Gelli plate, especially if used in conjunction with heavier body acrylics (see here for a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WFuxvQQH4M)
  • Use a brayer and brayer fluid acrylics to create a background

How do you use your fluid acrylics? Leave a comment to let me know!

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