Using Fluorescent Acrylics Effectively!
To describe it very quickly, I would say that they are actually revealing shades. Illuminator hue, radiance, highlighter, colour filter, tinted glaze … It looks like a makeup class! And no, I’m really about to talk about painting and power of fluorescent.
- 4 fluorescent Reflex Colour Paints STANDARD SERIES, Amsterdam/Royal Talens (transparent acrylic)
- 4 colour Paints EXPERT & STANDARD SERIES, Amsterdam (opaque acrylic)
- 12 square white cardboards (colour samples).
- 1 black pen and a ruler (to draw marks on the samples)
Note: After complete drying of samples we can still see the lines on the cardboard. (Reflex Fluorescent paint opacity = zero). Then I associate the 4 fluorescent colours to these 4 colours just below:
Cadmium Yellow Deep, Emerald Green, Quina Rose Deep Opaque, Cadmium Red Deep
To combine paint with fluorescent, I use 2 methods: the mix (sample C) and the glaze (Sample D with a hat to indicate that colour is placed on top). Look at the results in the pictures below!
Yellow Colour Range
- A Sample = Cadmium Yellow Deep 100%
- B Sample = Reflex Yellow 100%
- C Sample = Cadmium Yellow Deep + Reflex Yellow
- D Sample = Reflex Yellow applied on Cadmium Yellow Deep
Pink Colour Range
- A Sample = Quina Rose Deep Opaque 100%
- B Sample = Reflex Pink 100%
- C Sample = Quina Rose Deep Opaque + Reflex Pink
- D Sample = Reflex Pink applied on Quina Rose Deep Opaque
Green Colour Range
- A Sample = Emerald Green 100%
- B Sample = Reflex Green 100%
- C Sample = Emerald Green + Reflex Green
- D Sample = Reflex Green applied on Emerald Green
Red Colour Range
- A Sample = Cadmium Red Deep 100%
- B Sample = Orange Fluo Reflex 100%
- C Sample = Cadmium Red Deep + Reflex Orange
- D Sample = Reflex Orange applied on Cadmium Red Deep
Mixing Reflex colours with other paints, we can notice that the fluorescent:
- Disappears in the mix. (eg sample C in Red and Yellow Colours Ranges)
- Reduces the opacity of a deep colour paint (eg sample C in Green Colour Range)
However, this test can also reveal the power of fluorescent paints which is revealed if we apply the glaze method.
Working on a dry colour layer, the fluorescents will:
- increase the brightness of the hue from the first colour (eg Sample D in Yellow Colour Range)
- ignite the colour below (eg Sample D in Pink Colour Range)
- add a tinted filter to the initial colour (eg Sample D in Red Colour Range)
Obviously, the fluorescent glaze can be applied on other colours. The results are more or less surprising; therefore I recommend you always do a test first.
My favourite Fluorescent Colour Paints: Amsterdam, Flashe, Sennelier Abstract
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