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New "Open" Acrylics with Extended Working Time

By June 23, 2008

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Golden Artist Colors Open Acrylic with extended working time If the rapid drying time of acrylics is one of the reasons you don't like acrylics or haven't tried acrylics, then keep an eye out for the latest product development from Golden Artist Color due to hit stores in July. Called simply "Open", it's an acrylic paint formulated to have an extended working time, more like an oil than an acrylic. Golden's Open Acrylic is compatible with all their existing acrylic mediums though there are a few new Open ones too -- a gloss gel, gloss medium, and thinner.

I haven't tried the new formulation yet, so can't comment on just how long an open working period you do have before the paint starts to dry, but obviously climate and temperature will have an impact. I already find myself impatient with "regular" acrylic paint drying too slowly on cold days, but can see that an extended working period could be fabulous for painting a seascape on location on a sunny day.

Artist Robert Bissett has tested some advance samples and shares his thoughts on the Painting Forum, saying: "So far my impression is positive. It really does stay open longer. If the paint on your palette is 1/16" thick or more it will take a long time to dry. At least overnight! I did a plein air in summer temperatures and had little trouble adjusting. It's not like oils and it's not like other acrylics." It certainly sounds like it's going to be intriguing to try.

If the rapid drying time of acrylics is one of the things you enjoy about the paint, be sure you don't pick up one with the word "Open" on the label when you buy a tube of Golden once they go on sale! Don't be in a hurry and just grab the first container of Golden you see in the right color ... these days you've the choice of matt finish, fluid, heavy body, and soon extended working time versions too.

See Also:
Assessing a New Brand of Acrylic Paint
My Best Brands of Acrylic

Image: © Golden Artist Colors


June 24, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(1) Steve says:

I own a seascape painting (giclee on canvas) that has failed. I was told it would be OK to hang it in a large bathroom, with plenty of ventilation, and that turned out not to be true. By ďfailed” I mean some of the paint has evaporated and there are very small dots of missing paint all over the canvas. Fortunately it was not expensive. Unfortunately the gallery closed and the artist does not have a website. Iím pretty good at copying, the scene is simple and I plan to try and improve on how it looks by placing a layer of colors, as close as I can get them, over the existing work (if I donít do anything the painting is trash). After reading through your site and comments I thought Golden Open Acrylics looked interesting. Any suggestions that would help me accomplish this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration, Steve

June 25, 2008 at 10:04 am
(2) Andy says:

paint paint I love paint!

June 25, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(3) Robert Bissett says:

I’ve finished the testing and review of OPEN Acrylics. You can see it starting on page 12 of the ISAP newsletter for June ’08, here: http://www.buildart.com/ISAPNEWSLETTER/isap_newlletter_2008_JUN-FINAL2.pdf

Steve: You might consider an isolation coat before repainting with acrylics…gel medium, gloss.

June 26, 2008 at 9:44 am
(4) Steve says:

Robert, Thank you for your reply and for the review you wrote on Golden. When you suggest “you might consider an isolation coat…”, Do you have any specific mfg. coating products that you like?

Thank you, Steve

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