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Winsor Newton Acrylic


Unrivalled color brilliance and no color shift from wet to dry!

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Brilliance can be defined as the richness, intensity and depth of the color. Winsor & Newton research showed that this is the most important characteristic to an acrylic artist. Consequently, in the development of Artists' Acrylics, Winsor & Newton has used their world-beating color making experience to ensure an unrivalled brilliance and depth of color in the range.

Brilliance does not mean the colors are garish. It is about clarity and purity of color and this should be evident when the color is applied straight from the tube as well as in the thinnest of films. Even the earths, blacks and whites should be clean and not dull.

New Revolutionary Transparent Binder
Thanks to Winsor & Newton expertise in color making and resin technology, they have developed a new unique binder that is translucent when wet and dries clear. It is this that ensures there is virtually no shift in color at all and colors remain as brilliant when dry as they are when wet.

Single, Highest Quality Pigments
Only the purest pigments and the highest grades are used in Artists' Acrylics, formulated individually to ensure the cleanest, most brilliant colors. The range has a total of 69 single pigment colors which, at 86% of the range is unrivalled in its offering. The remaining 11 colors (total of 80) in Artists' Acrylics which are mixed are done so with good reason. In some cases mixtures match original fugitive (non-lightfast) colors eg. Permanent Sap Green, Olive Green, Hooker's Green. In some cases mixtures are more stable eg. Buff Titanium. Some colors are mixed to match original colors eg. Cadmium Yellow Deep and Raw Sienna.

Longer Working Time
One of the major advantages of acrylic color is that it dries quickly, allowing artists to overpaint within minutes and build up multiple layers during one painting session. However artists have told us that acrylics can dry a little too quickly, especially when compared to oil color, and this can restrict some painting techniques. Winsor & Newton has now formulated Artists' Acrylic to have 20% longer working time on the palette without compromising the convenient drying time of acrylics. With approximately 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the color), this longer open time makes Artists' Acrylic ideally suited for artists who want plenty of time to work and blend their paints on the palette and canvas.


Tips for working with Color Palettes.

Circle ChartArtists' Acrylic consists of 80 colors spread across the widest palette, using single artists' pigments wherever possible. Colors are chosen according to mass tone (color from tube), undertone (bias of color when in a thin film), strength and relative opacity. The resultant color spectrum ensures that artists can obtain the palette which best suits their work.

Recommended Color Palettes
Winsor & Newton Color PaletteYour initial color palette for Artists' Acrylic should provide a wide color spectrum as well as a good balance between transparent and opaque colors and a mixture of strong tinting and weak tinting colors.

Winsor & Newton recommended basic palette for Artists' Acrylic: Lemon Yellow, Azo Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Phthalo Green Blue Shade, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White.

If you want to use just three primary colors we suggest Azo Yellow Medium, Phthalo Blue Red Shade and Permanent Rose.

For a six color mixing system Winsor & Newton recommends the following colors; Lemon Yellow, Azo Yellow Deep, Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrole Red and Quinacridone Magenta.

Restricted color palettes are used by both beginners and serious painters to develop their understanding and use of color. The additional colors recommended in the basic palette introduce a wider range of tones and greater variation in opacity and tinting strength.

Cadmium Alternatives
Cadmiums are the most opaque reds and yellows available and are some of the most popular colors. In normal use they do not present a health hazard to the user and for the environment we use only insoluble cadmiums. However some artists may prefer to avoid cadmiums and Artists' Acrylic contains alternatives which are closer than other acrylic colors — as seen in this table: 

Winsor & Newton cadmium alternatives chart

If you are interested in learning more about Winsor & Newton Artists' Acrylics or have questions, go to: www.winsornewton.com/products/acrylic-colours

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