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  • Why is Quinacridone Burnt Orange in Heavy Body no longer available?
    The pigment PR206 used for Quinacridone Burnt Orange was discontinued by the supplier. After trying to develop an alternative hue, we realised we couldn’t identically replace this unique Quinacridone pigment, and decided to discontinue the color in Heavy Body and Soft Body.
  • I noticed the color is slightly different for Muted Violet. Why?
    Pigment PR206 was discontinued by the supplier, and we reformulated the color to match as close as possible using PR179 for this pigment replacement. The new mass tone is a little warmer, cleaner and deeper. The new reduction is a little stronger, or deeper, than before.
  • I notice the mass tone of Heavy Body Alizarin Crimson Permanent Hue is slightly different. Why?
    Due to pigment PR206 discontinuation by the supplier, we reformulated this color and replaced PR206 with PR179. The new color compared to previous can be considered brighter and more luminous in masstone. In undertone, the shade is slightly bluer than previous with the same color strength.  Transparency (transparent color) and lightfastness remain the same.
  • Does Glass Medium need to be heat set?
    Glass medium is the only medium that we recommend to heat set as the binder has the capability to cross link and cure at high temperature. This will result in a scratch resistant surface. Glass Medium does not need to be heat set, though the surface will not be scratch resistant.
  • If I use Silkscreen Medium on fabric, does it need to be heat set?
    Silkscreen Medium is only for extending the drying time of the acrylic paint being used with it. We would suggest using Fabric Medium with it as this medium is intended specifically for fabric. It does not require heat setting.
  • I’m not familiar with the name Rubine in artist colors for the Acrylic Ink color Rubine Red. What does it mean?
    Rubine is an adjective formed on the ruby gem name.
  • If I mix fluorescent colors together, will they still be fluorescent?
    Fluorescents have a great visual impact when combined, though the mixes will not be fluorescent
  • Do the Liquitex fluorescent colors glow?
    Yes, under ultra-violet light and a black light, the Liquitex fluorescent colors will glow.
  • I see a lightfastness rating of NR on the fluorescent and iridescent colors. What does this mean?
    For lightfastness, NR means “Not rated” – meaning that it has not been tested by ASTM for lightfastness. ASTM D4303 is the test method for Lightfastness for pigment-based artist materials. Fluorescent dyes and color coated micas are not usually in scope for this test as they are not real pigments with Color Index as such. Fluorescent colors by their very nature are dye based, they are known to be fugitive and cannot withstand the negative effects of UV light like most pigments.  This pertains to all fluorescent colors and has nothing to do with a professional or student range of art materials. We do our own in-house Blue wool test for Permanence rating where we test all our colors.
  • What does the pigment abbreviation DPP for Heavy Body Transparent Orange mean?
    DPP stands for the pigment DiketoPyrroloPyrrole. It is a hybrid pigment - an innovation in pigment manufacturing where blends produce pigment with a balance of properties (i.e blend of organic and inorganic pigment). Organic and inorganic pigments differ in performance. Organic pigments have strengths in chroma and tint strength but are weaker in lightfastness and opacity; it is the other way round with inorganic pigments. Hybrid pigments provide an alternative, that help to bridge the gap between performance without neglecting environmental consideration.
  • The residency I am interested in is months away. What if I am selected, and circumstances change, preventing me from being able to participate in the residency?
    Unfortunately, if you are no longer able to fulfil the residency that you were selected for, you will forfeit the residency and a new artist will be selected from the short list.
  • Can I apply for the residency program if I previously applied during the Acrylic Gouache residency open call?
    Yes, you are welcome to apply again. Please note, your information was not stored from the previous open call, so you will have to fill out another application.
  • Can I apply for more than one residency opportunity?
    Of course! You are welcome to apply for one or all four residency opportunities, but each artist will only be eligible to be selected for one residency.
  • Why do some of your colors have such weird names?
    There are a few colors with names that seem unusual in the modern day. This is because they are based on traditional colors - some of which date back to ancient times. Hooker’s Green, Indian Yellow, Van Dyke Red and Ivory Black are cases in point. Hooker’s Green is not a reference to prostitution, but is named to honor the British botanical illustrator William J Hooker who used the color for certain types of leaf. Van Dyke Red is named after the Flemish Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck who became the leading court painter in England. When he was knighted, he changed the spelling of his name to van Dyke. Indian Yellow is named after the organic yellow pigment it’s based on, which was reputed to be first produced in India. Made in little balls of pigment, the color was exported around the world and was said to be made with uniquely yellow urine from cattle fed on mango leaves! Our color is now made with a synthetic pigment. Lastly, Ivory Black does not contain ivory but is inspired by a color that dates back to Roman times which was made from roasting ivory and animal bones. Liquitex Ivory Black has the same brown undertones, but is a synthetic combination of carbon and calcium phosphate.
  • Can I use Liquitex Acrylic Ink as a tattoo ink?
    No. We would strongly recommend you use a specialized tattooing ink that is designed for skin application. Liquitex Acrylic Ink is not designed for tattoos or other body modification.
  • Can I use Liquitex on my skin?
    While there should be no major issues, we don’t recommend purposefully using Liquitex paints or mediums on your skin. You would be better to use a specialized face & body paint designed for skin application instead.
  • I’m varnishing my painting with your permanent varnish – how do I clean my brush afterwards?
    All our acrylic varnishes are water-based, like our paints, so you can just wash your brush out with soap and water and leave to dry.
  • You’ve changed your website – why?
    Liquitex is a brand driven by innovation and the sharing of knowledge. We've always evolved as technology and science have progressed, and we wanted to make a really simple to use, useful resource for all artists. The launch of our new products, new look, new materials and color palettes makes it the perfect time - we hope you like it. Let us know what you think via our social channels.
  • I want to print some information out on one of your ranges – do you have anything downloadable?
    Yes we have a full set of product booklets you can download as PDFs and print out. Each contains a color or swatch chart and can be found here. The same page has a downloadable PDF of The Liquitex Acrylic Book, our detailed guide to working with acrylics. We also have safety data sheets on each of our products - find them ready to download on the product pages and color pop-ups.
  • I’ve found a bug on the site – how do I report it?
    It's very simple. Just send us a message via the contact form here with the details and we will sort it out. Thanks very much!