OPEN Acrylics are a slow-drying paint with a slightly softer consistency than Golden Heavy Body. The increased working time of these colours expands their range to include more traditional techniques once only possible with oils, making them perfect for any work requiring blending, e.g. portraiture, for large graduated colour, e.g. skies, for “en plein aire” painting, and large work.

Thick applications can dry extremely slowly, so we recommend artists only use OPEN Colours thinly (< 1 mm). Drying time can also be accelerated by mixing OPEN with faster-drying acrylics like our Fluid and Heavy Body colours. OPEN is fully compatible with other Golden products.

Because OPEN Acrylics dry slowly, there is no waste of paint on the palette – painters are able to use the same colours for weeks and easily preserve colour mixtures for future use.

The slow-drying capability of OPEN Acrylics also makes the suitable for some printmaking techniques.

Golden Artist Colors, New York, is the world's leading innovator of artists' acrylic products. Founder, Sam Golden, began his paint-making career in 1936 producing hand ground oil colours and working with artists in Manhatten such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, and Morris Louis.
Sam was one of the first people to see the potential of new acrylic materials for artist's use.
Sam's acrylic paint was created out of a dialogue with artists who needed new materials to meet their faster and freer painting styles. The products that Sam Golden developed as the result of collaborations with these painters became the inspiration for his entire career.

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