Introducing my Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer

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I  am very proud to announce the addition of a modern, new material specifically made for today’s artists!

After 30 years of talking to artists to understand their needs, it has become more than evident that today’s artist still struggles to understand their materials. Fundamentally they wrestle with trying to find an efficient way of priming.

Those who know me, would, of course, expect me to be a strong advocate for the – old fashioned way of sizing and priming which I still do myself.

However, I have listened to many artists and received numerous emails wherein artists are trying to use modern alternatives to the old way.

As a result, I have formulated my special Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer to combat the disappointing moment an artist discovers their Oil Painting has dried looking dull or the colours have sunk. This is primarily due to painting on an absorbent surface or an acrylic primer gesso which is absorbent by nature – a little like a sponge!

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Having heard artist’s concerns, I decided to see if I could solve the problem and produce a fast drying acrylic primer that does not draw all the oil out of a painting.  After considerable research, I was able to source a special non-toxic, non-absorbing acrylic resin ideal for solving this problem.

My Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer provides high coverage quickly and can be applied to all standard painting supports thus a flexible, robust, lightfast background – And it dries just as a standard acrylic primer would, within a half hour!

In fact, my product is lightfast in its own right and if the artist decides to leave some of the canvas showing through the painting, my NAAP will remain white on the canvas. It also handles as any ordinary acrylic gesso/primer would with the exception of causing oil paint to dry dull looking.

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Application

Apply 2 coats. First coat may be applied 25% diluted with water to increase flow and coverage if required. Apply second coat once first coat is touch dry (approx.. 1 hour). This product may be applied to: linen, wood, MDF and other supports to produce a strong, flexible, permanent, highly pigmented white ground. Suitable for as a ground for both acrylic and oil paint.
May even be applied over inexpensive standard primed canvases to render them non absorbent!

Do not apply over rabbit skin / hide glue or to unsound supports such as cardboard and flimsy supports!

Non Toxic
Conforms to ASTM D 4236
PW 6 Titanium White pigment dispersed within acrylic resin.

11 Responses to “Introducing my Non-Absorbent Acrylic Primer”

January 04, 2018 at 1:36 pm, Claes Åke Chlönzig said:

Hello!
I wonder if the linen first must size with pure acrylic resin or like Golden GAC 200

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February 21, 2018 at 11:13 am, Michael said:

Hi just to correct a couple of things before we get started size is made from animal glue and is used before lead primers. MH NAAP is a primer that should be applied as a first coat to canvas or wood panel, no other primer is necessary just two coats will be sufficient. Always read the label.

BW

Michael

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January 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm, Francois Del Fueyo said:

Do we need to apply one or two coats on the back side of the MDF panel (1/8 inch) to prevent it from warping?

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January 27, 2018 at 12:12 pm, Michael said:

Hi Francois,
You could try but I cannot guarantee this will work you could try thicker MDF
Best,
Michael

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June 03, 2018 at 6:37 pm, Anita van Zyl said:

Hi I recently started using a well known brand of ready made cotton canvas which is primed with gesso…. it really makes the paint dry dull in some spots and then I have to “oil it out” which I do but I don’t want to do this in future…. can I use your Non absorbent Acrylic primer product over the gesso? I would appreciate your help in this matter.

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June 25, 2018 at 11:48 am, Michael said:

Yes and exactly the reason I created NAAP! Consider just stretching your own and using the NAAP.

Best Wishes

Michael

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August 01, 2018 at 8:23 am, Gordon Undy said:

I have used your NAAP on several occasions over raw linen now and I am very happy with the results.
Recently I purchased some excellent quality linen said to have been prepared with Rabbit skin glue – however my first painting on it soaked through the linen and I realised that using this linen without further priming would be fruitless.
Having noted that your NAAP must not be used over Rabbit skin glue I am wondering if coating the reverse of this linen with NAAP will be ok.
I would appreciate your advice. ( The actual priming does seem to be RSG but clearly too thin. There seems to be no absorption of the RSG thru to the reverse side of the linen at all)

Many thanks for your great products. I now use your oil paints exclusively.

Best regards, Gordon Undy.

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August 03, 2018 at 10:46 am, Michael said:

Hi Gorden,

Thank you for your message. I have answered inline in bold.

I have used your NAAP on several occasions over raw linen now and I am very happy with the results.

Recently I purchased some excellent quality linen said to have been prepared with Rabbit skin glue – however my first painting on it soaked through the linen and I realised that using this linen without further priming would be fruitless. Without seeing it its hard to say but if its oil paint that is coming through its bad and I would advise abandoning the painting as it will decompose.

Having noted that your NAAP must not be used over Rabbit skin glue I am wondering if coating the reverse of this linen with NAAP will be ok. You could try but it will be very frustrating if you produce a good painting and then things start to go wrong, do you have any redress with the supplier of the linen?

I would appreciate your advice. ( The actual priming does seem to be RSG but clearly too thin. There seems to be no absorption of the RSG thru to the reverse side of the linen at all) I agree with your conclusion.

Kindest Regards,

M

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August 03, 2018 at 3:06 pm, goordon Undy said:

Thank you for your answer. I have coated the reverse of two panels with NAAP and will use them for plein air sketches. I will get unprimed linen in future if I intend to use NAAP. Otherwise I’ll double check the RSG panels I buy for absorbency. Best regards. Gordon.

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November 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm, Barry Williamson said:

I have a problem using transparent oil paints on traditional primers because they absorb much of the paint. In the past lead white as an initial surface solved the problem but now it is difficult to obtain. How does your new primer work with transparent colours?

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November 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm, Michael said:

Hi Barry,

My Primer is ideal for Transparent colours & they should appear unchanged.

Best Wishes!

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