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  • Amsterdam Acrylic Inks - Available Now!

    What are the Amsterdam Acrylic Inks like?

    What are Acrylic Inks?

    Acrylic inks are in-between materials – you can use and think of them as liquid acrylic paint, or thicker watercolours, however the big difference is that once they are dry, they are permanently dry! We are really excited as this year (2018) we have finally got them listed on iartsupplies!

    The Royal Talens Amsterdam Acrylic Inks have 46 different colours (metallic and fluorescent as well!) that are just the same as the acrylic markers, spray paint and acrylic paint the brand does, making the colours fully interchangeable

    What are the properties of Amsterdam Acrylic Inks?

    • Acrylic ink is the closest in to the Amsterdam Acrylic Markers. They are more liquid than regular acrylic paint, but thicker than watercolour or ecoline
    • Brilliant & Vibrant colours with intense pigments
    • Waterproof once dried
    • Water based and can be mixed with other water based paints
    • Highly Lightfast
    • Odourless
    • Can be combined with Amsterdam acrylic paint, spray paint or markers, as the pirments are the same used in each paint type
    • Can be used on different grounds like paper, canvas, cardboard, wood, plastic and metal (if primed first)
    • Good for pours

    Techniques / How to use

    Drawing / painting 

    Acrylic inks can be used as any other regular ink or paint, with dip pens or with the drop.
    As they dry waterproof, you can easily create layers of lines and washes, as they will remain visible under the fresh layers. Why not try using a dip pen with acrylic ink? Its is also a good idea if you want to write / draw with mixed colours!

    Make marks with a brayer

    Another good idea by Kim Dellow is to use a brayer to make different patterns with acrylic inks.

    Why not Print on fabric/paper?

    Yes, acrylic inks are even suitable for printmaking, whether the surface is regular paper or fabric!

    Washes

    Acrylic inks are also suitable for traditional watercolour techniques like washes. However, due to its different properties, acrylic inks make it possible for the lower layers to stay visible.

    Drops/splatters/ spraying water

    As Acrylic inks stay waterproof after they dry, you can create nice layers of drops and splashes that will stay visible even if you add more layers or spray the surface with water.
    Also a nice technique to try and add water to the inks once they are on the surface - or perhaps to spray them with water which creates nice patterns and washes. To further experiment, you can try to spread the inks or water.

    Pours/ Cells effect

    Acrylic inks are excellent for pours and creating cell effect. Mix each colour with a few drops of silicone and floetrol and pour them in the same cup one by one. Place the canvas (surface) on top of the cup and flip. Wait for a few minutes before lifting up the cup, and just let the ink flow. If it doesn't cover the whole area, just help it by lifting the surface a little. If you add silicone, it will help the colours to separate, creating interesting cell-like patterns.

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  • Photo Transfer Gel

    Introducing the Amsterdam Photo Transfer Gel

    Why would I need something so "niche" as Photo Transfer Gel? Well, if you have doubts about this product, keep reading to find out what you can use it for, and who knows, you might want to give it a try, after all?

    What's Photo Transfer Gel for?

    Photo transfer Gel can be used for many purposes, from craft to fine art, everyone can find a good use for it. You can use it to transfer a sketch directly from paper onto the canvas or wood, saving time with sketching before painting. Or you can just transfer your images in order present them as they are, on a more durable surface than paper. It is also comes handy for craft projects!

    How to Transfer Photos onto Canvas & Wood?

    For the project, you will need:

    • Photo Transfer Gel (obviously)
    • Brush (make sure you choose one that will give an even coating!)
    • (stretched) canvas or wood panel
    • Photocopy of your image
      note that especially with writing, you will have to use the reverse of the image! Also, generally Laserjet copies work, but Inkjet won't. It's also useful to choose images that aren't coated (like magazines and postcards tend to be)
    • water and a tray
    • sponge or a cloth

    The Method

    Place your image on the surface where you're transferring; and mark the edges of the photocopy to make sure you will know where to put it.

    Spread the gel on the surface evenly; look out for small gaps, otherwise the photo won't transfer perfectly.

    Place your photocopy onto the surface, and press it with your hands or with the help of a roller.

    Leave it for at least 24 hours, but leaving it for a few days is fine too!


    Especially with unstretched canvas, it's a good idea to soak the surface with water, as it makes it easier to peel off without ruining the image. Peel off the first layers of paper, then rub off the excess with your fingers, a wet sponge or towel.


    Enjoy the results!

    image source: Fast Image Transfer with Melanie Matthews

    Transfer a photo to wood:

     

    References:

    • http://www.instructables.com/id/Image-Transfers-with-Acrylic-Gel-Medium/
    • https://www.royaltalens.com/brands/amsterdam/auxiliaries/mediums/amsterdam-photo-transfer-gel-041/

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