Fluid Acrylic Colors or Heavy Body Colors

I want to thank all of you who have bought the book, tried out the techniques and are hopefully now busy making your own "altered surfaces!"  These past few months have really been busy for me between life and work.  As if it wasn't busy enough I decided to start writing another book and once that happened, I didn't have any time left! 

When I am out teaching I get a lot of questions about the difference between the Fluid Acrylic Colors and the Heavy Body Acrylic Colors.  Well, just so you know the major difference is simply the VISCOSITY of the paint.  The Fluid Paints are pourable, and have a thinner viscosity than the Heavy Body Paints.  You will find the Fluid Paints in pop top containers and the Heavy Body Paints in either tubes or round tubs with screw tops. 

The pigments are the same for both paints.  That means that there is no "watering down" of Fluids to get them thinner than the Heavy Body Paints.  You get the same amount of pigment ounce for ounce with either of the paint types.  If you like smooth paint surfaces, use your acrylics for "water-media" type work, or want to drip, drop or pour your paints, then you will like the Fluid Acrylic Colors.  If you want oil paint like textures with impasto effects, then try the Heavy Body Colors. 

Personally, I have a penchant for mixing them up on my surfaces and switch between Fluids and Heavy Body Paints all the time.  I prefer the Screw Top Tubs over the tubes because I can put my palette knife into the tub and scoop out the paint I need and then easily recap the tub.  Also I find they are easier to store.  I'm not crazy about a jumble of paint tubes in my studio.

Remember that Golden gives you a paint swatch of the color you are selecting right on the outside of the container no matter what size.  You can easily check to see if the color is transparent or opaque by how much of the black lines can be seen through the paint. 

But don't be confused by a couple of the really dark pigments such as Dioxazine Purple and Anthraquinone Blue.  These are Transparent pigments but are very dark in their mass tone (what it looks like before it is spread out).  

I'm hoping to get more regular about this blog thing.  But check back occasionally and see how I am doing.  Again, thanks for all you did to support the book.  The new one will be out next year.

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  • 6/25/2008 4:29 AM Marilyn Rock wrote:
    Ms. Cozen,
    Thank you for your very clear description of the differences between fluid acrylics and heavy bodied. I also want to comment that I bought your book and LOVE it! I have had tar gel, here, for a long time and never really knew what to do with it; now I know
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  • 12/29/2008 11:23 AM robby wrote:
    I am looking for the phone # or email of Rheni Tauchid.
    I am interested in her workshops.
    Robby 949 733 0607
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    1. 12/29/2008 12:27 PM Chris Cozen Artist wrote:
      Robby,  I don't know Rheni personally, but you may be able to contact her through the company she works with which is Tri-Art out of Canada.  their website lists her as an instructor.  She is also on the list of instructors for past Learning & Product Expos.  They also have their own website and may have a way for you to contact her.  Thanks for visiting my site.
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  • 3/22/2009 7:23 AM Davielle Huffman wrote:
    I hope you're going to keep blogging - I found your Mighty Quin post and your Limited Palette post -- very helpful. As a newbie (mixed media AND acrylic products), I SO enjoyed your workshops at Stamping Details in Poway 2 weekends ago. Can't wait for more CC workshops here in San Diego County. Be well - OH, and I read thru your new book twice, and then ordered your original book - have digested it once already! LOVE how you present the possibilities! Thank you, thank you -- Davielle
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