Thursday, June 30, 2011

Best New Products of 2011.

As you may or may not have noticed, Liquitex makes a few products that really float my boat. I'd be lost without their Pouring Medium (I've probably gone through three gallons of it so far this year), and they make the best palette knives I've ever had the pleasure to use.

But recently they're stepped up their game in a couple areas. For one, they've got a new line of brushes aimed (primarily) at street artists called Liquitex Freestyle. As you can see from the link these are divided into two groups, the large-scale brushes and the more traditionally-sized ones. The first group is particularly innovative, and obviously the result of listening to what painters actually want. The paddle brush and the splatter brush are my faves so far.

The other product shown in the photo is Acrylic Inks. I'm doing a lot of glazing these days, and the inks are amazing in this capacity. Beyond that, they behave a lot like watercolours, but have the permanence and lightfastness of acrylics. That's a winning combo in my book.

Now I just need to paint something huge...


BenoƮt Leblanc said...

How do the acrylic inks behave when mixed with acrylic paint? I ask because I was given some leftover Liquitex watercolors, and when mixed with acrylic paint they often form a precipitate. The pigments blend well, but the result has the consistency of runny oatmeal.

I bought a Liquitex brush three weeks ago (the large green one we see in the picture, actually) and it is indeed a joy to work with. Cleans easily, too.


Bret Taylor said...

So far I've only mixed the inks with glazing mediums, or used them on their own. And what you've said about the watercolours makes sense - those two products were never meant to be used together.