Use As Paint
Matte Fluid Acrylics are excellent paints for thin applications.
Loose sketching and under-painting can be achieved without thinning.
The matte finish allows viewing without any distracting glare
while working on a gessoed canvas or other support.
Matte Fluid Acrylics contain the same lightfast materials found
in other GOLDEN paint lines. Their ability to evenly cover a large
area makes them ideal for applications similar to gouache, acrylic
gouache or tempera painting.
Matte Fluids are very similar in consistency to GOLDEN Gesso.
Additionally, the working properties are comparable, as they impart
adequate tooth for other acrylics and oils. The Matte Fluid Acrylics
can be blended with the GOLDEN White or Black Gesso in any ratio.
With this mixture, a wide variety of colors and values can be
created without altering any attributes of the gesso.
Matte Fluids with other GOLDEN Products
Matte Fluid colors can be mixed with GOLDEN Mediums, Gels and
other paint lines, including Heavy Body Acrylics, Airbrush Colors,
High Load Colors, Fluids, and Matte Acrylics. The mixing of different
paint lines allows the artist to create any consistency of paint
desired, from thick to thin, without loss of color strength.
Fluids can be reduced very easily with water, producing much smoother
mixtures than can be achieved with thicker paints such as Heavy
When thinning with water, remember:
thinning creates weak films
films when heavily applied may "mud-crack"
films can dry with an uneven sheen
paint films, we recommend a maximum dilution of equal parts
Matte Fluid Acrylic and water. Stains and washes can be diluted
to any desired consistency, but should be sealed with acrylic
medium when dry.
surface is easier to mar than a glossy counterpart. Adding GOLDEN
GAC 100 or 500 will increase the film toughness, sheen and transparency.
To avoid increasing the gloss, use GOLDEN Matte Medium or Super
Loaded Matte Medium. The risk of marring can also be reduced by
applying a varnish over the paints when the artwork is complete.
GOLDEN Fluids and High Load Acrylics, Matte Fluid Acrylics can
be spray-applied for use in fine art and commercial illustration.
Paints should be thinned with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium or GOLDEN
Transparent Airbrush Extender for proper spraying qualities. Thinning
with water only can lead to very poor adhesion and other undesirable
film defects. Start by mixing equal amounts of paint and medium,
and adjust as needed. Refer to the GOLDEN Airbrush Medium Information
Sheet for further details and mixing ratios.
If a desired color is not produced in the Matte Fluid line, a
paint with similar properties can be made by blending the Fluid
Acrylics (Heavy Body Acrylics or Matte Acrylics are also viable
alternatives) and Super-Loaded Matte Medium. A 1:1 mix is a good
starting point. Although these mixes will appear similar to the
Matte Fluids, they will be lower in pigment content and will not
possess the same leveling abilities.