Interactive Illumination

by Kathleen Huebener in Painting Tips


I am finding these Atelier Interactive Paints are a hoot to experiment with when painting. Atelier is pronounced as a (as in fat) – til’ – short i – long a.

Here is what I have discovered so far in my quest for different effects of Atelier Interactive Paints when painted together with traditional acrylics.

1)      Even though I have already mentioned the magnanimous fact that the dried paint,
when sprayed with a mister, comes alive, I just had to show you on my palette.
            Atelier Interactive lifts easily
One can easily remove paint from the palette with a wet brush. After a few days though, the paint dries hard as traditional acrylics. However, the effect, as seen in this photo, is the same effect as painting with watercolors if before the tempered drying stage.
2) Enhancing traditional acrylics by the easy lifting characteristic of Atelier Interactive Paints is miraculous.
In the photo below, on a painting with traditional acrylics, I covered the green figure in the center with a swipe of yellow Atelier Interactive Paint. This will come in handy, for example, if an artist has painted a person on a trail in a forest. Then the artist decides to unify the surrounding area around the figure. Now the figure is obscured somewhat.
 In the photo below, to eliminate this obscurity of the green figure in the center of the painting, I simply took a wet paper towel and wiped the yellow Atelier Interactive Paint off the green figure. A little of the yellow paint remained in the texture or folds of the paint because the figure was painted in traditional acrylics. The effect is unifying.

2) Adjusting backgrounds is incredibly effortless with Atelier Interactive Paint.

In the photo below, on a traditional acrylic painting, the background was too light in the central area. I wanted to equalize the background in value.
I applied a mixed wash of Atelier Interactive Paint to the painting.
In the photo below, the background is more consistent. Please notice that the red swatches of color also became brightener with the wash.
This artistic brain is now thinking of all the possibilities.
3) Another positive plus of Atelier Interactive Paint is that, as a glaze, the painting does not lose its details.
In the photo above, I experimented to see if the glazing paint would fill in the light blue details that I was trying to preserve.
I did not desire to eliminate the details, just change the values of them.
In the photo below, the mixed glaze changed the values of the blue details.
Now the details were not popping out of the canvas but they were more subtle and calming to the eyes.
Fellow artists, Atelier Interactive Paints are worth trying.
Improving traditional acrylic paintings easily with these paints is now within our grasp.
It opens a completely new world for us.
Have fun painting! I am.