This week and last week I was experimenting with Golden High Flow acrylics. High Flow is their newest acrylic paint that can go from “brush to marker or from dip pen to airbrush and more. From fine lines to broad strokes, High Flow Acrylic has an ink-like consistency that lends itself to a wide range of techniques, including staining, leveling, calligraphy, and mixed media.”
Like the painting in my previous post I started this new painting with various background colors and a little light blue house paint. I then painted some random trunks.
Next I got out the indigo blue and turquoise high flow bottles and my water spritzer. I poured a drip of high flow to the top of where I wanted the tree branches to start and immediately shot the drip with water. Like last week the paint bloomed into interesting tree like patterns.
It was fun to use and I loved the surprises I got from adding the spritz of water. High flow paint works well as a pour. According to Golden, it is well suited for use on large areas, where the thin consistency allows for free flowing color layers.
The pigment size and intensity varies between each of the 49 colors. Unlike other acrylic paints high flow paint is not degraded by water. It retains its intense color due to their high pigment load.
They can be modified as needed with water when working on paper and other absorbent surfaces. Over thinning with water can create sensitive paint layers, especially when used on non-absorbent surfaces.
I enjoyed the spritzing process and now I want to see what I can do with washes and letting it free-float all over a canvas. Are you experimenting with anything new lately?