MIXED MEDIA Artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed.
ACRYLIC PAINT A fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylicpaints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry.
INTERFERENCE ACRYLIC COLORS Offer a unique “flip” of color when viewed from different angles.
IRIDESCENT ACRYLIC COLORS Used alone or with other colors, gels, and mediums, and develop nonfading, non-tarnishing metallic finishes.
CASEIN (kay'seen) PAINT An aqueous medium made from the protein of milk. You can apply it to any rigid, non-oily surface such as Masonite, wood, plaster, heavy watercolor paper, paperboard, canvas or linen mounted on Masonite or even stone. Casein dries quickly to a velvety matte finish and over time, it becomes resistant to moisture.
OIL PAINT A type of slow-drying paint that consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil, although I use Cold Wax Medium most often as a dryer and way of making paint more transparent.
COLD WAX MEDIUM (CWM) Unlike other painting mediums, which increase the flow and gloss of oil colors to varying degrees, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors thicker and more matte. It gives a clean break off of the brush or knife, retaining the sharp peaks of impasto. These working properties allow for expressive brush marks and the ability to carve into paint layers with palette knives. Cold Wax also gives oil colors a beautiful translucent quality, similar to the seductive surfaces of encaustic paintings. It can be used as a final fixative.
PASTEL Dry pastel media include soft and hard pastel sticks, pan pastels, and pastel pencils.
OIL STICKS Oil sticks (also called Paintstiks or oil bars by some manufacturers) are actually oil paint in stick form.
OIL PASTEL These have a soft, buttery consistency and intense colors. They are dense and fill the grain of paper and are slightly more difficult to blend than soft pastels, but do not require a fixative. They may be spread across the work surface by thinning with turpentine.
GRAPHITE Graphite is a metallic grey writing and drawing material mostcommonly used in pencil form – though graphite powder is also used by artists as a drawing material. Graphite is a crystalline form of carbon and is useful as a writing and drawing tool, as only the slightest pressure is needed to leave a mark.
MIXED MEDIA GEL STICKS Pigment crayons made of water-soluble wax and leave a soft texture on your drawing surface.
ARCHES OIL PAPER 100% cotton fiber paper specifically designed for oil techniques.
CRADLEBOARD Alternative to canvas: Provides a firm smooth painting surface that will not stretch, flex or bend like traditional canvases. Panels have smooth sanded birch faces with solid wood cradles that ensure strength, so there will be no warping. Easy to hang, as no frames are necessary.
TERRASKIN A paper alternative made from calcium carbonate and nontoxic resin. It is sometimes called “Stone Paper”.
YUPO Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable. This extraordinary, non-absorbent surface resists tearing and buckling and remains perfectly flat, eliminating the need for soaking, stretching, or taping. Watercolor professionals have found Yupo to be receptive to a variety of aqueous techniques, but it is also ideal for offset printing, silkscreen, drawing, acrylic painting, and more. Pigments applied to the bright white sheet retain their true clarity and brilliance. Yupo is pH-neutral, flawlessly smooth, and recyclable.
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