Lascaux Studio Bronze acrylic paint is a luminescent bronze colour made of pure, non-browning metal alloys that finds great use in the fields of artwork, design and decoration as well as in architectural work. The term "bronze" means a metal alloy with at least a 60% proportion of copper.
Its homogeneous coverage makes this paint ideal for wall design and large area painting. Please note that when the paint is used in the field of architecture it should not be used on alkaline surfaces (for example only on cement or lime plaster after it has cured) because otherwise the paint´s binding agent will be ruined. Surfaces to be painted must be grease-free and can also be treated with primer or modelling paste depending on the desired amount of absorbtion and texture. It can be applied pure or thinned with water up to a proportion of 20%.
The different hues can be intermixed but please note that gold can only be mixed with other gold hues (990, 991, 992, 993, 994, 996) and silver can only be mixed with silver hues (995 und 997). All the gold bronzes (these also include copper and Britannia silver) contain copper/tin pigments (Cu/Sn) while the two silver hues are based on aluminium or, alternatively, iron pigments. Mixing the different metal pigments will not produce a stable colour mixture. This also applies to mixing with other Lascaux paints and is not recommended.
After having completely dried (at least 24 hours), finished work can be permanently protected against abrasion, moisture and oxidation by applying LASCAUX ACRYLIC TRANSPARENT VARNISH. This application must take place under dry and warm conditions because otherwise the gold bronzes, copper and Britannia silver could become discoloured with a greenish tint. The last named are thus only conditionally suitable for outdoor use because the copper portion in the paint is sensitive to environmental influences. Even indoors, LASCAUX ACRYLIC TRANSPARENT VARNISH should be applied for protection.
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!).