I created a checklist with my favorite materials. I work with few and mostly inexpensive materials, so check it out. You can download it from the free library!

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Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold


One of the most exciting things about painting is getting to know art materials. That’s why I am going to write a whole series of blogposts about the art supplies that I love.

The absolute number one of this list is one specific color in the Golden Fluid Acrylics series. The name of the color is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. Because that is such a mouthful, I will refer to it as QNAG.

I have used QNAG on almost every painting that I’ve made since I’ve bought it. If you look at my Daily Painting Blog, you can check this out.

The first thing that is so beautiful about this paint is that it is very highly pigmented. Even though it is fluid, it has the same amount of pigment as the thicker heavy body paint. It is not diluted to make it fluid.

Second, I just love the color, which is a beautiful golden yellow-brown. I always compare the effect of this color with the sunlight at sunset, which gives the world a golden radiance. Everybody looks beautiful in this light!

Below I will describe four different ways that I use this QNAG.


Straight out of the bottle

First of all, I use QNAG straight out of the bottle. When I make very simple and quick black & white 5-minute-studies, I add QNAG as a third ingredient. You can see an example below. I think the warm brown color gives the painting depth and contrast. I like the way the painting gets a ‘rusty,’ natural look.

Making drips by adding water

You can see that the fluid nature of QNAG, as well as the fluid acrylic turquoise used below,  makes it easy to create drips, by using water from a spray bottle.


Painting an underlayer

Third, I very often use QNAG as an underlayer when I paint a more complex painting with many colors. It creates a warm golden first layer, which is very inviting to paint the next coat. Everything looks good on top of this color in my opinion. Warm colors blend in beautifully, and cool colors make a lovely contrast.

In the end, most of the underlayer is covered (see the painting below), but the underlayer stays visible, which gives the painting depth. See, for example, the painting below.



The fourth way I use QNAG is ‘glazing,’ which means covering up some of the top layers with transparent paint.In the postcard-sizd painting below I covered some of the greenish color with QNAG. Because QNAG is very transparent, you can still see the painting through it. The green-blue and the QNAG mix to a beautiful green-brownish color. That connects the underlayer and the top layer, which makes a painting ‘come together.’


Let me know!

I hope you will get inspired by this post to paint with QNAG. I absolutely love this paint, although it is expensive.Still, I would advise even if you have a tight budget to buy at least one small bottle of this paint, and try it out. You only use QNAG in very thin layers, and since it is highly pigmented, a bottle lasts a long time. My bottle of 4oz/118 ml lasted a year, and I painted all the year through.


I hope you have fun experimenting with QNAG, and let me hear about your experiences below in the comments!

(By the way) I created a checklist with my favorite materials. I work with few and mostly inexpensive materials, so check it out. You can download it from the free library!)



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