Which Paint?

Choosing Acrylic Paint for your Abstract Painting can be a confusing task, when should you use which paint? Are the more expensive brands really worth the price? In this article I’ll go over one of those “expensive brands”, and in particular, Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, how you can save a bit of money, and when to use them.

My first thoughts when I found Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints, was WOW! That’s Expensive! and they are, but if you buy them online from Jerry’s Artarama, or another source, and you catch a Sale, and you buy enough to get Free Shipping, and you use them sparingly, then they really aren’t that expensive for what you are getting, a Smooth Creamy Acrylic Paint with a high Pigment Load.

Golden is recognized the World over as an Industry Leader in the Art Supply Business. Sam Golden began making paints in 1930 with his uncle Leonard Bocour, and their paints became popular with artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Jack Levine.

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. began in June of 1980 in a 900 square foot, renovated barn. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark and daughter-in-law Barbara Golden along with partner Chuck Kelly, founded the new company that would embody Sam’s dedication to professional artists.

I personally choose Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints quite often when I need a quality paint with a high pigment load that flows across the canvas or paper like pure honey. For Poured Paint Techniques they are my go to choice, by adding some gloss medium and thinning with water I can get images I just can’t get any other way. They have a great pigment load and very versatile, for many different processes like glazing, and splattering, dripping, and more.

Now I also use much cheaper acrylic paints like Liquitex Basics, and other brands of so called “Students Paints”. I’ve found that most of the have a decent pigment load and work just fine for many of my other techniques. I’ve even been known to use Acrylic House Paints on occasion. So please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need to buy only the best most expensive paints. It may be true for some techniques, like my poured paintings, but for a lot of the work you’ll be doing, it’s just a waste of money.


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