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Detail of Jest by Keight Maclean featuring tri-art crackle ground
acrylic paint

Breaking the Rules: How to Use Crackle Ground like a Professional

Tri-Art’s Crackle Ground was a happy accident of our lab. It's an easy to use and effective product for creating texture, but unlike our other professional products, it breaks all the rules of best...
detail of quinacridone colours from Tri-Art chart from 1994.
acrylic

Quinacridone Pigments

Quinacridones are a contemporary painter’s greatest tool when it comes to mixing, glazing and staining. Whereas artists previously needed to choose between reds of permanency, transparency or chrom...
flaking wall paint
acrylic

Staying Grounded: The Importance of Priming

The thought of priming has become a distant thought for most painters today. Although it may seem like simple white paint, acrylic gesso is a truly modern material that has solved centuries of tech...
high viscosity, peaked red paint
acrylic

BEYOND COLOUR: THE RHEOLOGY AND VISCOSITY OF ACRYLIC PAINTS

Today’s acrylic paint comes formulated in a range of mediums from free flowing, ink-like forms to highly bodied, gel types.Rheology and viscosity are the key properties that form the real structure...
hand ground watercolours and a palette knife on a glass sheet with a glass muller
acrylic paint

MULLING IT OVER: CONTEMPORARY PIGMENT GRINDING

Grinding is the essential step in paint making that allows pigments to be transformed into smooth, liquid paint. Pigment load is often given primacy over all else when evaluating paint but the qual...
pyrrole red swatches, bismuth yellow swatches
acrylic

Modern and Post-Modern Pigments: Cadmiums vs. Bismuth Yellow and Pyrrole Red

Today’s article makes the case for cadmium’s post-modern ancestors, bismuth yellow and pyrrole red. Where did these pigments come from and why should you choose them instead of cadmium colours?
tri-art oil paint in carbon black
alkyd

Sun-Kissed and Science Based: Tri-Art Oil Paint Formulations

What makes Tri-Art oils unique? In this article the history and chemistry of oil paints are explored. What is the difference between sunflower and safflower oil? What is alkyd? Why do oil paints us...