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KrymsonDragon
02-19-2001, 11:42 PM
Hi everyone! I've been hearing a lot about these new Genesis Artist Colors that work like oils & acrylics both.. Have any of you tried these? They're supposed to be better than oils because you can dry them with a heat gun & better than acrylics because they stay wet indefinitely. I'm so tempted to buy them, but I'm forking out a lot of money just for a start-kit. Are the colors vibrant? Do they blend well? And are they just plain messy, because they don't dry??? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif

LDianeJohnson
02-20-2001, 11:22 AM
Thanks for starting this thread. I know nothing about these paints and would love to hear about others who have used them. If you send me any info you have on the company, I will try to get in touch with them and see if they could give us some technical information as well.

Diane

cuttlefish
02-20-2001, 05:12 PM
I've seen this stuff demonstrated. In most respects, it behaves like oil paint, but it is made of a thermosetting resin that will harden only when heated to a certain temperature. You can dry specific areas with a heat gun during painting, but they reccomend baking the painting when complete. A normal household oven can be used (limiting your canvas to the size of the oven, of course), but they sell a heat box built specially for this purpose.

You can leave your brushes loaded with Genesis paint indefinately. If you can keep a separate set of brushes for each color, you won't have to clean them or waste the paint on the brushes. Again, the manufacturer sells their own line of brushes that are guaranteed against damage if you do this.

LDianeJohnson
02-20-2001, 06:36 PM
cuttlefish,

This is all very intriguing to me. I have seen these paints advertised recently but am leery of it all. It seems like it is a take off on some of the craft materials that have been out there awhile. Can you send me the mfg's name? I'd like to contact them to get some info for our forum.

Thanks for your very good explanation!
Diane

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KrymsonDragon
02-20-2001, 09:59 PM
Hello! I just found the Genesis web site. It is www.genesisartistcolors.com (http://www.genesisartistcolors.com)
I've found some example paintings on there... some are very impressive. I'd still like to know if anyone has used them, & what they think about them. OR... maybe I should just buy the set & experiment. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

LDianeJohnson
02-22-2001, 12:43 AM
Thanks for the link, I'll check into it.

Even if you like what you see/read/hear, you'll want to experiment with these paints. Even if it's purchasing a small starter set or one or two regular tubes.

P.S. Just stopped by their site. I would highly recommend contacting a few of the artists featured on their "samples" page to get the best feedback:

<A HREF="http://www.genesisartistcolors.com/gllry.html">Samples</a>

Diane

[This message has been edited by Artistry (edited February 21, 2001).]

carly
02-22-2001, 03:51 PM
Did you try a search here on WetCanvas...I believe these paints were discussed occasionally in the Oil Forum, too.
carly

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mstownsend
02-27-2001, 04:54 PM
These paints are fun to paint with, but the resulting (cured) paint film seems weak. The paints are very highly pigmented and rich with color, and if you are used to working with oils, they are fairly easy to get used to.

Sumafra
03-03-2001, 10:49 AM
I bought the starter kit myself and tried them. They seemed like the ideal paints. However I was disappointed. I covered my canvas with the first coat so to speak and then I wanted to put them away and realized that nothing would dry if just left and since I don't paint with oils very often any more, I wanted it to dry. So I tried the heat gun supplied. Useless. After 20 minutes, nothing was drying at all. I ended up having to put the canvas in the oven (thank God it fit) and then it was dry within 5 to 10 minutes. But frankly I found the whole thing a hassle. Also, I was not thrilled by the colors included in the starter kit and the texture of the paints is a bit different too. Anyway, I have never gone back to them, if I had I probably would have gotten used to them, but I seem to work mostly with watermedia now so I haven't bothered. My feeling in the end was that the feature that attracted me most (not drying until you're ready) ended up being a hassle and I didn't like it. But that's just me, I'm there are poeple are there who like them.

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