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05-24-2015, 03:30 PM
Just found the following You Tube video and the claims for these paints is pretty remarkable.


The claims for the paints really start about the 24 or 25 minute mark. He says if you use their palette, paints and extender, the paint can last for at least a year although I'm sure that's with more paint added along the way. And he says the paint is artist quality.

Have any of you ever used these paints? As far as I can tell, these are only available through his company which is a negative for me.

Anyway, was just curious.


05-25-2015, 12:45 PM
Never heard of it but I noticed a few things skimming through the video. Based on the video the paint isn't what lasts as it is the extender medium that causes it to do so. Also, the viscosity of the paint looks a bit thin for my tastes (something like soft body it appears). I'm also pretty skeptical of any video that doesn't have comments and ratings enabled.

For color theory the paints would probably work fine, but for larger applications I question the quality of the paint. Even the manufacturer's site is pretty vague.

05-26-2015, 02:51 PM
Thanks for your reply, your thoughts are similar to mine. It raised some questions (or skepticism) when I couldn't find any reviews from regular users online. I think the only US mentions were from Mr. Jansen himself or the company/companies he represents.

As far as the viscosity of the paints, Mr. Jansen explained that you could control it to suit yourself and that he, himself, preferred thicker paint especially white, so they evidently can be made to be thicker.

Again, I appreciate the response.

Tamara Plecas
06-14-2018, 05:11 PM

I wanted to buy a clear (when wet) acrylic extender that I could use with Golden acrylics. All the medium that I found in the stores are milky when wet. Does anyone know if there are any clear medium available. I know that Heritage sells clear medium for their paints, however I'm not sure if it would work with Golden paints. Cheers, Tamara

06-14-2018, 09:21 PM
I use Propylene Glycol as an extender/retarder. It's clear and lasts for many minutes, unless you are in a very windy location. 1-part straight Propylene Glycol to 7-parts water (I prefer Distilled water). Propylene Glycol is the main ingredient in several Retarders. I use a small sprayer to apply it. I've used it with Golden Acrylics for years (Liquitex, Utrecht and other brands as well). Be careful not to use more than 10 or 15% retarder mix to your paints, although I've used a little more with no ill effects so far. Costs are a fraction of the commercial retarders. Amazon sells the food grade P.G.

Tamara Plecas
06-14-2018, 11:42 PM

Tamara Plecas
06-14-2018, 11:44 PM
Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try it.

Tamara Plecas
06-15-2018, 06:12 PM
This is what Golden wrote me in respond to my question regarding clear medium for acrylics.

Hello Tamara,

Thank you for your email. We have several mediums that could be used for this purpose. The Gloss Glazing liquid is thinner than the Heavy Body Acrylics and can be added in any amount to acrylic paints. It has some retarder to slow down drying. It will increase flow and transparency. It can add up to an additional 15 minutes of open time depending on how much is added and the environmental conditions. The Gloss Glazing Liquid is roughly the consistency of house paint. For longer working time, the OPEN Medium can be used. The OPEN Medium has a similar consistency to the Glazing Liquid, but stays open for up to an hour or more depending. It will also increase transparency. Finally, retarder can be added up to 20% to the acrylic paints and mediums to increase the working time. At its highest ratio, Retarder provides an additional 15-20 minutes but doesn’t change the transparency or consistency as much as the other products. Reducing the absorbency of your ground can help paints stay wet longer. Increasing the humidity in the studio can also help. All water-based acrylic products are milky in the wet state. Unfortunately, that is the nature of the product and something acrylic painters have to contend with.

Here is an article about increasing working time with slow drying mediums: http://www.justpaint.org/open-mixed-with-standard-acrylics-working-time-control/

Here is product information on Glazing Liquid: https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_glazeliq

Here is information on OPEN Medium: https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_openmeds

We hope this information is helpful. Please contact us again with any additional questions or comments.

Best Regards,

Greg Watson

Materials Application Specialist




607-847-6154 / 800-959-6543

07-19-2018, 02:58 PM
I use regular oils infrequently and water solubles mostly. But I've been thinking of going back to acrylics. However, I wish they did not dry so darn dark!!! I like brilliant colors, but the final color they give is a drawback! Any suggestions that helps me to control the final color problem would be appreciated.

With respect to Heritage "Multimedia", I wonder why multimedia when it is acrylics with extender added separately? Is it really any different from other good brand acrylics? What are the best brands with high pigment?

One thing must be said for Mr. Jansen, he simplifies the painting of flowers and makes it easy and what he paints looks awesome!

Thanks for your response fellow artists!


I just read a review by artdragon86 and this is what he says about Winsor & New Acrylics "One of the things I really like about the Winsor & Newton Artists’ acrylics is that there is very little colour shift between the wet paint and the dry paint." The draw back to this is that it is expensive. However, Holbein water solubles is expensive too!

So what brand in your estimation is buttery, has high pigment and has very little color shifts between wet and dry?

Thanks again!