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Lightfast 16 - August/September 2019


Dear friends of finest artists‘ colours!

During the summer, you will hopefully find plenty of time and leisure to engage in artistic activities. Perhaps you are also enthusiastic about the trend of watercolour painting on a black surface? We have some tips for you.

As our AKADEMIE® Acryl color INK already enjoys increasing popularity, we have added three additional neon tones for you, which are only available for a short time. The liquid colours are perfect for effects in acrylic painting and creative DIY design.

Great pastel painting will be shown by Spanish artist Graciela Bombalova. She shows us step by step how she creates an elegant still life with our finest extra-soft artists’ pastels.

And besides all creativity - enjoy the summer!

Your Lightfast Team

Very trendy: Watercolour painting on a black ground

With painting on a black ground another interesting trend can be seen in the already very popular watercolour painting technique. Of course, Schmincke HORADAM® watercolours are also suitable for this. For successful results there are a few things to keep in mind. We tell you how it works:

1. Opaque colours: With all 32 opaque colours from the 140 shades of the HORADAM® watercolour range (recognisable by the filled square n) you can paint directly on a black ground. The opaque character ensures that these colours remain visible. This is also possible with the opaque colours of AKADEMIE® AQUARELL.

Please note that translucent colours are not suitable - due to their character the black ground would shine through and thus change the colour effect significantly.

With the semi-opaque watercolours, painting on a black background should be tested beforehand.

2. Limited editions: All 6 colours (pans) of the limited HORADAM® gold edition in sets (74777) also create wonderful effects. By using different pearlescent pigments - which provide a semi-covering to opaque character - the dark ground is covered, and gold and silver will shine in their own intensity.

The 12 colours of the pearl metallic watercolour series (74776, pans) behave differently: Due to the pigmentation consisting of both one pearlescent and one transparent colour pigment the colourful pearl effect on black is almost invisible. However, these pearlescent metallic colours are ideal on the typical white watercolour paper ground. Here, they unfold their colorful glitter effect in the most beautiful way.

3. HORADAM® GOUACHE: Another water-based and opaque alternative is gouache. With the wide range of HORADAM® GOUACHE you can perfectly work on a black ground. The velvety covering and highly pigmented colours can be used purely or in combination with HORADAM® watercolours as well as the limited HORADAM® gold edition. All other Schmincke gouache series, such as AKADEMIE® GOUACHE, Designers' Gouache or Calligraphy Gouache, are of course also suitable for this technique.

TIP for translucent watercolours: If you still want to use transparent and/or pearl metallic colours on a dark background, we recommend the following “trick”: Firstly, underpaint the relevant areas of the painting with opaque watercolour or gouache colours and let them dry. Then you can also work on these opaque underpaintings with transparent and pearlescent metallic watercolours.

TIP for choosing the right paper: When choosing black grounds, make sure that you use high quality papers. Usual craft papers are often not lightfast or the paper colour dissolves and will soil the applied colour. You better take high-quality artist paper from specialist retailers or passe-partout cartons - here you can be sure that they will not lose any of their colour effect even after a long time.

Try it out - Schmincke offers with its wide range of watercolours and gouache best qualities for this new painting technique on black!

Promotion: AKADEMIE® Acryl color INK – three shining neon colours

In addition to the 36 already very popular AKADEMIE® acrylic color ink colours, we have also launched three neon colors as a limited summer edition to match the summer feeling. Neon Yellow, Neon Magenta and Neon Orange are just waiting to set bright highlights or be used in the DIY sector. All three shades are available in the well-approved 50ml pipette plastic bottle at your retailer. Pay attention to the neon-shining display!

BLOG: Still life pastel painting alla prima with Schmincke finest, extra-soft artists’ pastels

by Graciela Bombalova

Pastel artist Graciela Bombalova, a master of realistic portrait and still life painting, shows and tells us how she works. She chose light and natural pastel shades for her still life, which she skillfully merges with the ochre background.

Please note:
The described product attributes and application examples have been tested in the Schmincke laboratory. The information is based on our current state of technical findings and experience. Due to the diversity of applications in terms of painting techniques, materials and working conditions, as well as numerous possible influences, this information is based on a general application range. A legally binding guarantee of specific attributes or the suitability for a specific usage purpose cannot be derived from our information; therefore the use of the products must be adapted to the users' individual conditions and tested in trials. For this reason, we cannot provide a warranty for product attributes and/or assume liability for damages that occur in connection with the use of our products.
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