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The Joy of Painting in Acrylic: Part II

Interference Paints



There are a wide range of acrylic products that allow you to customize the sheen, texture, and flow of your paint. If you don't like the naturally glossy character of the binder, you can incorporate one of the matte products into your work. It is your choice to add products that change the look of the paint to suit your creative vision.

types of acrylic paints

Interference Paints

Interference paints simulate the most dazzling effects of nature. Examples of this include the amazing colors on butterfly and beetle wings, fish and lizard scales, and in the dramatic swirling colors of an oily slick floating in puddles after a rainstorm.

interference paints

Here's how Interference paints work: When painted over a dark background, the Interference color will appear and shimmer brilliantly. When painted over a light-colored background, its complementary color will appear. This is the fascinating "flip" effect of Interference paints that occurs when light waves are reflected and refracted. Because Interference paints have no pigment particles, you can mix them with any color, and they will not get muddy.

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Images and text excerpted from Modern Acrylics by Patti Mollica

What are your favorite acrylics to use?




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