The Amsterdam Standard Series is an acrylic paint for artists that is of the highest studio quality that comes in 70 hues as well as 6 metallic colours and 4 fluorescent reflex colours. All hues are lightfast to a very high level (minimum of 25 years), some having the highest possible lightfastness (minimum of 100 years under museum conditions). All the fluorescent colours, which are by their nature not lightfast, are the exceptions. The pure acrylic resin binding agent provides an unusually high degree of aging-resistance. This practically odour-free acrylic paint is can be applied to all grease-free surfaces that are absorbent to at least some degree and is also suitable for wall painting (even on freshly plastered walls) because it is resistant to alkalis. None of the cadmium colours are compatible with outdoor use. It is possible to paint directly from the tube by employing the applicable dosing nozzle that can be purchased separately. These nozzles fit onto all the 120 ml tubes and can be closed. By using the various ROYAL TALENS AUXILLIARIES FOR ACRYLIC PAINTING, you can modify the degree of glossiness, the viscosity, and the structure of these acrylic paints. When properly thinned the Amsterdam acrylic paints can be applied with an airbrush (maximum particle size is 25 microns).
The set of 5 primary colours includes titanium white (105), primary yellow (275), primary magenta (369), primary cyan (572) and oxide black (735).
The set of five non-primary colours is supplemental to the primary set and includes titanium white (105), azo yellow lemon (268), naphthol red medium (396), ultramarine (504) and oxide black (735).
The principles of colour mixing can be learned with the three primary colours of yellow, magenta, and cyan because with them practically all hues you might want can theoretically be created (when used in conjunction with black and white). With just the black and white, many shades of grey (50?) can also be created. The limitations of this so-called Three-Colour-Mixing System lie in the fact that, especially in the case of orange and violet hues produced by mixing the primary colours, the results will be somewhat imprecise and uncertain. This follows from the fact that the primary colours themselves have a a kind of tinge that leans in the direction of warm or cold colour types: primary yellow and magenta have traces of cool blue, cyan is a yellow with blue traces, and thus is a warmer hue. A violet created by mixing cyan and magenta contains, in addition to blue and red, also traces of yellow that is the cause of the imprecision of the violet hue. In order to create saturated hues in all your mixed colours it is advisable to supplement the primary colours with a cold or warm hue, as the case requires. The supplementary set with the so-called "non-primary" colours thus contains the missing warm or cold hue for each respective case.
If you want to learn more about colours there is a brochure that can be downloaded at www.talens.com that provides a vivid depiction of colour theory.
Although the process for producing acrylic resin was patented as early as 1915, dispersions (dispersed particles suspended in a medium like water, gas, air) made with acrylic resins were not developed until the 1930s or industrially produced until around 1950. They were initially created as paints and varnishes for businesses, industry and households and also utilized for mural painting. They weren´t introduced in the European market as artist´s paints until the beginning of the 1960s. The further development of acrylic paints was directly influenced by adventuresome painters like the Mexican mural painters or American Pop-Art artists like Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol.
The specific attributes of acrylic paints are determined by the use of pure acrylic binder systems. When wet, the binding agent is milky white and at first optically brightens the colour upon application. Only after having dried does the colour reveal the intensity of the pigments used in its making. Even thick coats of acrylic paint dry without developing cracks and are permanently elastic, waterproof and age-resistant as well. In contrast to oil and watercolours, acrylic paints can be applied to practically any clean and grease-free surface, e.g. canvas, paper, plaster, leather, metal and wood. Acrylic paint is water-soluble and can be removed with a wet cloth (as long as it is still wet!) – in addition, your tools and hands can also be cleaned with soap and water. These paints are practically odour-free, non-flammable and non-hazardous to your health.
Their uses cover a broad range: when thinned, they can be applied to produce a glazed effect like watercolours (and waterproof to boot!); when applied in a pasty consistency, relief-like surface textures can be achieved (just like oil paints!).