Dispersions: Unique Uses & Project Gallery


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Unique Uses

  • Due to the high pigment concentration, these colors are very strong. Please use cautiously and sparingly.
  • The pigments used in the Dispersions are the same in the Slow Dry Fluid Acrylics.
  • The viscosity/thickness of the base material should not be compromised by the Pigment Dispersions, as only small amounts are required to achieve the desired color.

Project Gallery

Lynne Miller

One artist, Lynne from Charlotte, NC, has shared that she uses the Low Absorbency Base Coat and Dispersions as a fast drying medium to paint large scale murals. Lynne's story:

After attending a class on the Proceeds line at Great Walls Supply in Charlotte, NC, I decided to pick up some new paint for a mural I was working on. I have been using Golden acrylics since I bought my first 4 oz jar back in 1987 while at NCSU SoD in Raleigh. After using Golden Fluid acrylics for years, I decided to try something new. I bought dispersion pigments and a can of deep tint base. I hate running out of a color mid-day while on a job. I used a paint palette with cups for the dispersions and mixed as I went. They worked beautifully and I was so happy with their versatility. By mixing with tint base for the large areas or just adding a touch to my fluid acrylics as I worked on the details, my tool bag was cut in half. I didn’t have to worry about rushing to the art supply at the end of the day because I ran out of a certain color. I love being able to mix a quart or a tablespoon as needed with the same saturated color you get with Golden acrylics. I have since used my dispersions as a staple on many of my projects. Tinting glazes, deep base, adjusting regular acrylics, plasters, waxes … the list of applications goes on and on. I am excited to explore even more possibilities with them!

Lynne Miller : Muralist

Miller Plastering in Charlotte, NC lynnemiller@carolina.rr.com

Below is a gallery of images of Lynne's work she's completed using these products:

Joe Lanucha

Joe Lanucha of Signature Wood Services

Joe Lanucha

Signature Wood Services, LLC is an on-site touch-up, spot repair, and wood restoration company.

"We have been using golden products for about three years now. We started with Fluid Acrylics primarily in earth tone colors for touch-up whenever pigment is needed. It is a fantastic product. The pigment quality is excellent. It is consistent and mixes easily. It is usually mixed on a small pallet, thinned with H2O or a very small amount of water based top coat and brushed on to the repairs with an artist brush. We like it because the acrylic dries very fast for our application and is more durable (especially on edges) versus a touch-up marker for example.

We have more recently have been using Golden Dispersions and Glazes in the field to change or add color to existing finishes. We glaze a lot of doors by utilizing Matte Medium, Acrylic Glazing Liquid, and Proceed Low Viscosity (in different combinations) as a glaze base and color the glaze with dispersions (utilizing these for their tinting strength) to achieve the over all desired effect. By utilizing these three mediums above we can control our open working time for the glaze, the ease of brush ability and set-up time before glaze can be top coated. The dispersions are great because other than the carriers to put the pigments in suspension, there are no additives that retard or speed up dry time, or binders like those used in the Fluid Acrylics or Slow Dry Fluid Acrylics; so the dry time and adhesion is based on the glaze medium combinations. We were introduced to the glaze medium combinations (to manipulate the above characteristics) by another well known artist in the field that uses Golden Products for their work. The ability to control the chemistry, workability, dry times and color in the field by mixing our own custom products is fantastic! I believe it gives us the control we need to be successful and more competitive edge. We formulate for 20-30 minute dry to the touch and one hour topcoat times. Doors are done in place, during daylight hours, and in habitated space. This is easily accomplished with the Golden Products for us with fast dry times and almost no odor. Times for workability can be slowed down if needed by adjusting your glaze mixture combinations. The wood tone colors we can achieve with 2-3 pigments are beautiful. The other great thing for us is that this can’t be bought pre-mixed in a can at the local hardware store, thus requiring some level of skill for formulation, mixing and application. These are professional products designed for professional artisans. We find that the compatibility and inter-mixing of the products is very forgiving. The ability to use different colorants or the combination of colorants with the different mediums again gives us the flexibility and ease of use we need. We also like that as we invest in other color palettes (Fluid Acrylics’, Dispersions, Slow Dry Fluid Acrylics) they just add to our ability to mix and match products for our specific needs.

The pictured credenza was an opportunity to take our glazing to another level. We were on-site doing touch-up and wood restoration for some offices. We had an existing office with a more traditional colored (multiple office furniture pieces; red cherry) finish. The client asked if there was anything we could do to take a light colored credenza (natural clear coated cherry-no pigmented color) to get it to match the existing red colored cherry office. We decided to use our door glazing technique to change the color of the piece. We mixed three glaze colors (variations of red) and applied them to the underside of a removable shelf, top coated them with a clear coat (H20 based acrylic) and had the client choose a color that best matched the existing office. With color choice made, we cleaned the existing credenza with a water based soap like detergent and white scotch brite pad. After it dried, the piece was scuffed with a maroon scotch brite pad to promote glaze adhesion (provide tooth for the glaze to stick) followed by a complete wipe down of the piece with distilled vinegar/ water (20% vinegar to water) solution to remove dust, soap residue and any other surface contaminants. We find surface prep and cleaning the most important aspect to insuring a successful project. The custom glaze (Matt Medium-70%, Acrylic Glazing Liquid-15%, Proceed Low Viscosity-15%; total mixture thinned 30% by volume with distilled water and about 5grams of dispersion per ounce of glaze to achieve the desired color) was hand applied with a splatter (broad, thin, smooth bristled) brush. The glaze was applied evenly and consistently so no brush marks could be seen. This was allowed to dry 1.5 hours, then the surface was “very lightly” de-nubbed with p400 wet/dry silicone carbide sand paper, then top coated with clear H20-based (satin sheen) acrylic. Once dry, a second top coat applied for durability. Some drops of dye were added to the topcoat to add some depth and color to the over all finish. To be able to repeat our color formulations in the field we find it necessary to use a portable (battery powered gram scale, accurate to .1g) scale. Our glaze mixtures are measured by volume and dispersions (because of tinting strength) measure by grams. Total time for this project including color glaze formulation was about 6 hours. This was a great alternative to having the piece completely stripped and refinished. The glaze/dispersion combination gave us the color change we needed but still gave us the transparency we wanted to let the natural grain of the cherry still show through.

Sincerely, Signature Wood Services, LLC"

By: Joe Lanucha; General Manager

Tim Glastetter

Tim Glastetter of St. Louis, MO has begun using dispersions and glaze as transparent wood stain. Click here to read more about Tim Glastetter's technique in his Proceed Newsletter article. Here are some images of Tim's work including before and after shots:

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