A Hidden Gem: Golden High Flow Acrylics

Tyler Provick

Tyler Provick is a writer and a gamer that likes to combine his two interests and share them with the community.

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4 responses

  1. Kathryn Flamm says:

    In the video he’s using the transparent line. You can tell by the bottle which would explain why he was having such a hard time.

    Goldens high flow comes in two lines, regular and transparent. Transparents function more like water colors and are great for glazes and tints. The regular line is opaque and covers solid rather than layering in tints. Both are great but use very different techniques.

    • Kat says:

      Personally, I love the high flows as they have excellent pigmentation and are very versatile. Haven’t experienced any issues with adhesion as I always use a primer and thin with liquid medium so as to maintain the integrity of the acryllic polymer.

      I like the watery consistency of the paint. Most models have fine lines and details that are easily lost when painted. Thinner paint means less detail lost on the model and Golden paints are so pigmented that only 1 or 2 coats are ever needed even with additional thinning. In situations where I need to thicken the paint I mix in a bit of gel medium (gloss or matte).

      Also, all of the colors discontinued from the airbrush line are easily made by mixing. Golden even provides a mixing chart on their product page for the discontinued colors.

      • How do you handle the glossiness of the paint. I find about mid way into the painting process it’s hard to judge my highlights and contrast.

        After initially giving up I’ve found that a 50-50 mix of Golden Super Loaded Matte Medium (SLMM) and Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium mixed with as much again water cuts the sheen without making the paint as thixotropic as just SLMM and water.

    • Ouch, I can’t imagine using transparent paints for basecoating.

      While I’m no longer chasing the “covers black in one coat” opacity dragon I’ve found that many painters are moving too quickly to glazes.

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