Resources for artists
Resene paints and primers are regularly used by professional and amateur
artists alike to create works of paint for both interior and exterior
display. To make information on these works accessible to all, Resene
have developed this Artist's Canvas section.
Controversy certainly exists in the area of artists wanting to use archivable
products in their work as well as being attracted to the economies of
mass produced house paints. A major hurdle is immediately imposed by
the fine art suppliers, damning such products as 'ordinary house paint'.
Whilst lower quality products do exist, high quality, modern architectural
coatings are, in fact, quite extraordinary products... more
Quick Dry acrylic primer undercoat is the ideal primer undercoat
for both stretched and unstretched canvases. A very flexible, easy to
apply coating, Resene Quick Dry has excellent opacity and provides a
very receptive finish for topcoating.
Resene recommends using the lightly cross-linked products, such as Resene
Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel, Resene
Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel or Resene
SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel, for artist work because
of their 'non-blocking' properties and the ability to remove damage
from inadvertent contact with potentially harmful or staining materials.
Comparing Resene Enamacryl to Resene
Hi-Glo, one achieves the same depth of colour, similar gloss, slightly
lower exterior durability, slightly less flexibility, vastly better
block resistance and vastly better cleanability.
There is always a compromise in selecting paint. The Resene
waterborne enamel range of Resene Enamacryl/Resene Lustacryl/Resene
Zylone SpaceCote gives the best compromise for the artist. Resene Zylone
SpaceCote also has the best burnish resistance of any low sheen paint
that we have tested. This completely overcomes sometimes reported problems
of creating glossy patches when cleaning low sheen paints.
If painting murals on the outside of buildings then the case for overvarnishes
is incontrovertible. They are the cheapest way to extend the longevity
of any coating system. A product such as Resene
Sun Defier will at least double the lifetime of even the most light
sensitive pigment compositions.
This type of protection is not needed indoor. Overvarnishing
paintings can give a monotony of gloss level and impact on the overall
effect. Varnishes are often badly applied - any brushmarks may detract
from the enjoyment of a painting.
If overglazing is desired, a flat finish such as Resene
Multishield+ Flat applied by spray is recommended. If spray application
is not available, use a 'speedbrush' for fast, accurate application
with a minimum of brushmarking.
Other products of interest
Thixalon 5 is a very useful material for palette knife painting
- a white, an ultra deep tone and some MPS tinters can keep them happy
- Resene Hot Weather Additive is useful to artists as is our Texture
Coatings Additive to control application.
Broadwall Surface Prep & Seal is brilliant as a Gesso.
- The Resene Art Action
range of student acrylic, art and poster and tempera paints are ideal
for children, students and artwork for home and business.
- Resene testpots - handy 55ml testpots of Resene Lumbersider satin
acrylic available in over 2500 colours. Ideal when only a little of
any one colour is required. Available for ordering online
or at any Resene ColorShop.
- Resene FilmPro is a tough waterborne finish designed to colour and enhance sets. Available in a standard range of colours, digital blue and green and reduction and clear bases.
View the Resene product range.
The Resene website includes a number of technical notes that may
be of interest to artists...
Durability of paints
The agents working towards breakdown of exposed surface coatings
are U.V. light, water, and oxygen, in this order of importance.
These agents not only work individually, but can gang up against
the coating creating unholy synergisms... more
A pigment of the imagination
By far their greatest technical benefit is however that they meld
perfectly with the paint binder, blurring the distinction between
pigment and binder. This translates into super tough, cleanable,
burnish resistant surfaces... more
True blue - colour formulating
The mixing of complementary colours will produce black and indeed
Monet was known for never using a black pigment, preferring to produce
his blacks by the blending of complementary colours... more
Waterbased enamels - an oxymoron surely
The technology involves fundamental changes in how the polymer is
assembled sub-microscopically to allow films that form easily yet
develop very fast block resistance. Further technology allows subsequent
curing to occur, changing the thermoplastic nature of the coating
and allowing the development of grease, solvent and sebum resistance...
Resene Quick Dry acrylic primer undercoat
The product also has some very desirable features other than the
convenience of being waterbased and fast drying... more
Although U.V. alone is enough to damage human skin, it is a combination
of both U.V. and moisture that wreaks the most damage on paint films...