Royal Talens have an exciting system of acrylic paints that inspire a freedom of expression in your work – Amsterdam Acrylics. Amsterdam Acrylics are available in a ‘Standard‘ range for students or beginners and an ‘Expert‘ range which is their top quality professional acrylic paint. The Expert has higher pigmentation and colour saturation and more body than the ‘Standard’ range. We asked mixed media artist and demonstrator Robert Dutton his thoughts on the Amsterdam Acrylic range.
Amsterdam Standard and Expert are packaged in transparent plastic tubes and squeeze bottles with firm fitting click lids. The clear plastic is perfect to view the real colour inside – what you see is what you get with Amsterdam Acrylics! Both Standard and Expert Amsterdam Acrylics are exceptionally good value for money for such highly pigmented paints. I don’t know how they do it!
I particularly find the extra flow of the Standard Amsterdam acrylics (being somewhat thinner in consistency than the Expert series) a very useful paint for getting my paintings underway and in the early stages of a painting’s development. As the painting progresses and I want a denser, thicker paint application, I’ll then use the Amsterdam Acrylic Expert Range. Then I will use the Standard Series to glaze with (requiring a thinner but high quality paint to work with) over more dense passages of paint.
Both Standard and Expert Amsterdam Acrylics are totally interchangeable and work in harmony throughout the painting process. Both dry to a resilient and durable finish and as such are great for outdoor painting as well as studio work. The versatility of these paints is boundless – these beautiful paints are right there with you every step of the way, supporting every creative decision with surprising results.
The thick viscosity of Expert Amsterdam Acrylic paints has a real buttery feel to it, making it much better for palette knife techniques and heavy body impasto techniques. Creative, expressive painting techniques such as these look amazing when applied over layered paint or a toothy gesso surface with pumice.
Both the Amsterdam Standard and Expert series create very uniform surface paint films. Because of the high quality of both types of paint you can work very evenly on really large, flat areas with a good colour consistency (provided you have mixed enough first), working vertically, at an angle or flat. If you are using a fluid mixture of paint and want a uniform area, it helps to work flat.
A paint that travels well
Expert and Standard series are available in 70 colours. The Expert is available in 75ml, 150ml and 400ml while the Standard is available in 120ml and 500ml plastic bottles with a screw on lid. Nice and safe when, like me you are moving often from place to place giving demonstrations, workshops, teaching art holidays at home and abroad, and the last thing you want to be worried about is how your paints travel! Whether the lid has popped open so it’s all over the car or all over the rest of the painting gear in the hold!
Both the Standard and Expert acrylic paints are great for lots of painting techniques for multi-layering, wet-on-wet, glazing techniques, impasto, sgraffito and so on. The paint always works with you, not against you, inspiring total freedom of creativity every time. However, adding some acrylic medium to the water before you begin is advisable so the acrylic resin binder does not separate too much and thus helps you to create really uniform transparent layers with the paint every time.
Paints with great finish and longevity
Throughout the range of Standard and Expert Amsterdam Acrylics, all the colours are exceptionally lightfast which means longevity to all your creations – whatever your approach or creative discipline. Whilst the Standard series will suit artists on a budget, by paying that little bit more for the Expert series the differences will be pretty noticeable. Colours are far brighter in the Expert Series and they are thicker so will suit artists who want to create more impasto work.
With Amsterdam Acrylics you can really push the boundaries of what you thought creatively possible. The full Amsterdam Acrylic range by Royal Talens really does offer something unusual in terms of visual concept. They are quite spectacular and without doubt add a new dimension to your creative palette.
About the artist:
Robert Dutton is an International award winning professional artist having been painting for over 30 years. He teaches a wide variety of very popular expressive painting techniques to students of mixed levels of ability at a wide variety of residential art holidays throughout the UK and abroad in Spain. He is a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ magazine, a UK Canson Ambassador and represents many leading art brands in the UK and also Nitram Charcoal in Canada. For further information about Robert’s tuition and to learn more about his techniques and see his award winning work visit www.rdcreative.co.uk
To see Robert in action painting visit http://rdcreative.co.uk/film
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offer on the Standard and Expert Amsterdam Acrylic Ranges. Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39.