ASF is eastern Canada's first and only ART MATERIAL TRADE FAIR + ART CLASSES. Organizers brought together the biggest and best names and brands in the industry. Attendees were able to see, buy and try the latest products, take a workshop, demo or lecture.
This is the second of four reports on the demonstrations, lectures and workshops that I attended.
On Saturday, October 31st (1:30 pm-3:30 pm), I attended the demonstration: Acrylic Ink and it’s Secrets with Françoise Issaly
Françoise Issaly is a Canadian artist who lives and has worked in Montreal, Quebec since 1993. Originally from the South of France, she studied in Montpellier then Bordeaux where she received her M.F.A. Her work has been shown in galleries in Quebec, USA and Germany both in solo and group shows and is part of private collections. Over the past 20 years she has taught art in several schools including The Montreal Fine Art Museum, The Visual Art Center and University of Montreal.
I was interested in attending this class because I have been wanting to try adding acrylic ink to my acrylic landscapes. Liquitex ink comes in thirty colors and can be used for:
- Dip Pen
- Technical Pen
- Ink Brayer
- Screen Printing
- Fabric Painting
- Book Arts
- Photo Tinting
Obviously, in two hours, we could explore only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the many applications for acrylic ink.
Françoise clearly is passionate (and has a lovely sense of humor) about this medium and was willing to go in any direction that the group wanted. (There were lots of folks who had some experience already with acrylic inks.)
|The Liquitex acrylic ink color chart|
|Dip pens used for acrylic inks|
Françoise Issaly demonstrated many of the creative possibilities for the ink
|Some effects that are achievable with acrylic inks|
As Françoise Issaly walked through many of the additives and mediums that can be used with inks, some key learnings for me were that Françoise Issaly explained:
- The 20% acrylic/water ratio rule: how if acrylic paint has too much water added, it breaks down the chemical composition of the polymers and will create disappointing results.
- This is why folks (most folks in the room) were quite familiar with Liquitex Flow Aid. Folks use flow aid to create watercolor effects.
- Things got exciting when Françoise revealed that she used airbrush medium instead of flow aid. Artists, if not doing airbrushing, would not give airbrush medium a second look in the store. Françoise explained that because Flow Aid cannot be mixed directly with the color she prefers airbrush medium to create the beautiful glazing effects in her art. You must mix Flow Aid with water. This is not the case with Liquitex airbrush medium.
- Françoise left the "pouring demonstration to the very end. In her experience, this is where folks get very excited about creative possibilities
|Françoise demonstrating pouring|
|Some of the beautiful possible effects using pouring medium and airbrush medium.|
We were also given a sample package that had the following paper samples:
- The Acrylic Book: A Comprehensive Resource For Artists (available for downloading here https://www.liquitex.com/acrylicbook)
- Liquitex acrylic heavy body and soft body paint samples
- Heavy body sampler: blue, yellow and red with gloss medium varnish
- Mediums sampler: pouring medium, ultra matte medium flow aid, and string gel
- Acrylic marker sample
- Spray Paint: Cadmium red medium hue