Sep
17
2013

LUKAS Pastos Builds Up Thick, Dries Quick

The Thicker, Heavier Impasto: Dries Fast, Work Quickly!

Jerry's Artarama is always on the lookout for new and different products and real game changers in the world of art. LUKAS CRYL Pastos Acrylics is one of the real, rare gems available for artists to create their art in new and profound ways. Compared to most typical acrylic paints, LUKAS Pastos Acrylics are a thicker, heavier bodied acrylic that dries quickly in just 15 minutes! Can YOUR acrylic do that?

The Strength

LUKAS, one of Europe's oldest paint makers, dating back to the 1800s, has created the only acrylic capable of building up incredibly thick multi-layered paintings. No other acrylic can do what this German engineered paint can. This heavy body acrylic paint is much thicker than other brands at 70% solids for thick, heavy brush strokes to give textured and vivid results. Its heavy body has excellent permanency and a high viscosity. On canvas, the paint is strong and thick enough to hold and retain crisp brush strokes and palette knives marks. Many artists have noted that it's easy to spread and blend, even without mixing it with water. 

One painter described using LUKAS Pastos' texture, saying, "There's nothing like taking out your canvas and getting ready to paint a nice textured scene with luscious, creamy, rich colors. I like to build up the paint on the canvas and put textures in random parts of my paintings. This paint never fails to create great!"


 

The Endurance

LUKAS Pastos acrylics can really hold its weight. For lightfastness ratings, the Pastos colors have superb lightfast ratings which means that long exposure to lights barely effect them. Pastos can also dry reliably in just 15 minutes, while some acrylics take up to 2 days to dry. Pastos beats all other heavy body acrylics' drying times, dries to a semi-gloss finish and remains completely flexible and has been known to NEVER crack, shrink or swell. 

On top of everything else, the Pastos acrylics are also water and medium mixable. Although they have the ability to be easily applied without water, when mixed with water, Pastos doesn't leave blank, clear or unfinished spots like some other acrylics. Pastos continues to spread completely and evenly, covering all areas, and wont run. 

The Intensity

The pigment load of this Impasto is impressive. The colors are bright and opaques are well covered. The high pigment load was made to be especially high to differentiate itself as a professional acrylic and not for students. These are unadulterated and unmodified pigments in the highest concentrations possible! The Cadmium and Cobalt colors are even made from real cadmium and cobalt.

If you enjoy painting thick and impasto styled paintings, this is the paint for you. From its brilliant colors and pigments to its thick, heavy texture, LUKAS Pastos performs like no other Impasto and dries quicker than other Impastos wish they could. German engineered, LUKAS Pastos is the strongest, thickest, heavy body acrylic on the market and hopefully soon, on your palette, brush and canvas. 


Have you tried LUKAS Pastos Acylics yet? Tell us what you think of them in the comments below. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Try them out with a 30-day money back guarantee only at Jerry's Artarama!

Sep
14
2013

Practica Black is the new White

The New Alternative to the Stretched Canvas

The Tabula Rasa means "blank slate". And in the art world, that often translates to blank canvas. But what about a black canvas? The new Practica Black stretched canvas is a different kind of canvas for a new style of thinking and painting.

 

The Practica Black stretched canvas is perfect for making lighter paints and colors stick out against the dark canvas. No longer do artists need to paint their white canvases black to create a dramatic night scene or serious juxtaposition of bright light vs muted dark colors, this canvas saves those steps. And at 100% duck cotton, this higher quality canvas will accept the bright colors you will want to use on this canvas better than other canvases. It's also finished with an acid-free black primer which is preferable to artists for tole, mixed media, and black-light art. Just look at what you can create with oil paints or acrylic paints!

 Artists have used black canvases to create bright vignettes and moodier pieces because the canvas allows the artist to leave larger areas of the canvas unpainted. The wonderful effect this causes is that the viewer of said piece would never surmise that larger areas of the canvas were unpainted saving the artist time and paint.


Colors also interact interestingly on a black canvas. Colors like Alizaran Crimson and Ultramarine Blue will stand out if mixed with a little Titanium white. They create beautiful mixed colors that would shine much, much more than on a typical white canvas.  Whites and blues like Prussian Blue or Ultramarine stand out particularly nicely on the black canvas for winter or night scenes. If you are getting ready for Halloween however, oranges and reds work well for a more spooky effect. 

They are also quite practical, as no frames are needed for stretched canvases and you can hang them directly on your wall for a nice effect. It will look as professionally hung as any museum piece! 

And remember, at Jerry's Artarama, you can save up to 74% off list price on the Practica Black Canvas. So try one out today and start painting to a completely different, more dramatic effect!

Sep
12
2013

Whats the Buzz

Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics & Pro Stroke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes

In today's round of Whats the Buzz we'll look at some of our favorite products for Acrylic painters. We have the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics and the Pro Stroke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes. Charvin acrylics are known for being highly pigmented and the Pro Stroke Powercryl brushes are just the thing to spread them over a panel or canvas. Now, lets put them to the test and see what you had to say about these in this week's Whats the Buzz!

First Up are the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics. Acrylic painters are going crazy for these European paints, and why not, they are easy to use and dry faster than oil paints. But, don't take our word for it, see what real artists are buzzing about the Charvin Extra-Fine Artist Acrylics:

"The extra-fine acrylic paints are as good as any I have used. This paint has to be on a really good sale to be competitive for price so they are not for someone on a super tight budget. My experience with Charvin Oils made me try the acrylics." -Pooj, WA

"I have been an artist for 25 years, I just tried this product and find these paints work well with what I am doing. The colors are fun, and easy to blend. I would buy them again." -Artlady727, FL

"I just started testing the Charvin Acrylics out on some of my new abstract pieces and really love the richness of these paints. They glide on like butter but yet retain their pigment value when I used thinner applications. Price is a little higher than what I can use for painting on a wider base, but when I want to 'treat myself' to some of the best paints out there, I know exactly which brand I will turn to!" -JodiO., NC

"I love painting with Charvin Acrylics and its smooth texture of oil." -Cielo, FL

Wow, a great texture and as the name states, their extra-fine consistency seem to be what Artists love about the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics. And next time you decide to "treat yourself" to an Acrylic paint, make sure its this one!

 

Painted with Charvin Extra-Fine Acrylics

Next Up are the Pro Stoke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes. If you're looking for the perfect acrylic brush, then your search is over right here. Artists have been buzzing about how great it is at absorbing paints and how it spreads on paint silky smooth. Now lets hear from the artists themselves:

"Painting goes so much easier with my Pro Stroke Powercryl Filbert brushes. They clean up well and even hold up to my scumbling techniques. The Filbert shape is the secret to getting detail from a larger brush." -Kar, AZ

"The Powercryl family just right for laying down those confident strokes that forever retain the mark of the brush...a good transition of natural hog bristles into the water-friendly world of synthetics" -Dave, MA

An artist painting with Pro Stroke Powercryls.

"The hairs themselves seem to take paint well even with a juicy acrylic and lay down a good controllable line. These are easily 4-5 Star brushes when price vs. competition is factored in." -Muvs, MD

So, for a synthetic brush they hold up great and spread down paint smoothly; everything we want in a brush! Be sure to stay on the lookout for your own product reviews as we search for more and more of our favorite products next week on Whats the Buzz!

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