Product Type: Winsor and Newton Art / Craft
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Winsor and Newton Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Winsor and Newton Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic
Advantages: Easy to work with
For a few years I attended mixed media art classes and made an enormous amount of works both in class and at home. We had to use our own materials and I would buy Windsor and Newton acrylics from my local art store.
Acrylic is a plastic based paint, so when the paint dries not only is it waterproof but it also doesn't wash off or run if the painting is splashed with water. They are very easy to use and mix and acrylic paint dries quickly, most paintings will be dry to touch in about 30 minutes. Acrylic paint is sort of a half way house to oils, which are mores difficult to use and take days to dry. Acrylic paint is also cheaper than oil paint.
~Using Acrylic Paint~
I rarely paint with anything other than acrylics as these most suit my style of art. Newton and Windsor acrylic paints come in metal tubes and you squeeze out the paint like toothpaste. It's thick, so when you squeeze the paint out it keeps its worm-like shape. Acrylic paint can be mixed with water to make it thinner, or even translucent and there are Newton and Windsor products you can buy to alter the texture. There is a thickening paste which can be added to the paint resulting in more textured finish to work, and it is also possible to add things like sand to the paint to alter the texture.
Straight from the tube Windsor and Newton acrylic is very easy to work with and can be applied to paper or boards with brushes, trowels or anything really you can get your hands on. The paint covers very evenly and smoothly, it's easy to get a very perfect finish to the surface of a work. Newton and Windsor acrylic stays wet for a little longer than other acrylic paints which makes it easier to shade colours together, but because it dries to touch in around 30 minutes it alleviating the need for a long wait to put a new layer of paint on.
~Cleaning Up Acrylic Paint~
I always wash my brushes in washing up liquid and warm water and the paint comes out fine. When the paint dries on things; brushes, the floor, fingers etc. it is a bit like a plastic coating which to an extent can be picked and pulled off. The colour comes out of the yellow and black "plastic" and soaks into fingers, surfaces and brushes more than some of the other colours. Obviously it isn't washable paint, therefore it is best to cover surfaces before painting.
I did find I would often end up with paint stained fingers. The yellow would stain my hands, whilst the black got into my finger nails. I can't stand dirty fingers so I would scrub my hands with soap and warm water to get it off. Even so sometimes it would take a couple of days until my hands were completely paint free.
This is "adult" paint and therefore not safe for small children to use. It does has a slightly chemical smell, although its not toxic at the levels at artist would use. However I wouldn't suggest inhaling it! I never had any problems with the paint irritating my skin, although some people may find this a problem if they allergic to any of the ingredients. The paint isn't damaging to the environment.
There is a really vast array of Windsor and Newton acrylic colours. I however never really saw the point of buying many of the colours and preferred to mix them myself. I always had in my art box: black, white and brown plus all the primary and secondary colours and gold and silver. From these colours I could mix any other colour and shade I required. Sometimes when I ran out of a lot of colours I would buy a set, there are various sets with various mixtures of colours available and it can work out cheaper to do this.
Newton and Windsor acrylic paint gives a very smooth and even finish to a work. The colour of the paint doesn't alter as it dries, as with some cheaper acrylics, which is really good for the artist. The paint is very durable and doesn't scratch easily once it is dried. It also covers most surfaces, which for me as a mixed media artist is very useful.
~Price and Size~
The acrylics are available in different sized tubes. All shades are available in the small 60ml and quite a large range are available in the 200ml, the size I usually bought. A few of the most popular colours are available in even bigger sizes. The 60ml tubes cost around £4 each, the 200ml work out much better value at around £8 each. It generally is cheaper to buy them as a set, although some colours are not available in sets such as silver and gold. I was lucky that I got a 10% discount card for my local art shop from my art class.
Windsor and Newton are probably the best brand of acrylic paints I have tried and worth the money if you are serious about creating artworks. I have displayed and sold a few works in the past although now I don't have the time or the space to create more art these days. My art is however everywhere, on walls at my home, my parents and in my office at work. The acrylic works are still in perfect condition despite moving house and even taking trips on the tube. A great quality paint which works with the artist - I give it 5/5.
Summary: A great quality paint for budding artists!
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