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How To Layer And Mix With Interference Acrylic Paint

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Interference acrylic paint is one of the most unique types of paint available on the market today. It creates an interference pattern on the surface, which can be quite stunning. In this blog post, we will discuss how to layer and mix interference paint to create beautiful works of art!

What Is Interference Acrylic Paint?

An interference acrylic paint contains pigment particles that are coated with interference mica. These mica flakes cause the interference effect, which is when light waves reflect off of the surface of it and create a shimmering, iridescent appearance.

It is available in a variety of colors, including interference gold, interference silver, and interference bronze. It can be used to add a unique dimension to paintings, media artworks, and even crafting projects.

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What Is An Interference Pigment?

Known As “Pearlescent” Or “Iridescent Pearl” Pigments

Interference pigments are known as “pearlescent” or “iridescent pearl” pigments. However, “interference” is the most accurate name because they work by interfering with light waves to make interference colors. Pearl Mica flake or mica particles are what these pigments are made of.

Covered With A Very Thin Layer Of Titanium Dioxide

They are usually covered with a very thin layer of titanium dioxide color. When these flakes are ground into a color vehicle, they both create an interference color reflect and let it through.

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This gives interference paints unique effects which are a bright opalescent color. The color depends on how the light hits the flakes source, how thick the interference paint film is, and how the flakes themselves refract light.

Available In Various Colors

The different colors, which can be red, yellow, green, blue, and shades in between, like purple, come from the way light waves are made stronger or weaker, not from pigments but with other colors. Before, you mostly found these pigments in fluid acrylics emulsion paints, but now you can find them in art supplies like oil crayons in supplies store.

What Are Interference Colors?

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Liquitex Interference Colors are transparent paints with no color that are made from mica flakes coated with titanium instead of pigments. “Opalescent Colors” is another name for them. Depending on the angles from which you look at them, interference colors change color effects and have a metallic look.

When light hits the mica flakes, interference colors reflect right back, showing labeled interference color, or it goes through to another light color layer and bounces back at a different refractive index, showing the opposite color. The result looks like a thin layer of oil floating on water.

Interference Are Added To Another Complimentary Color To Create A Shining Effect

Interference colors aren’t very strong. They aren’t meant to be used by themselves. Instead, they are added to another glowing color to create a shining effect or look pearly.

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If you look at a pile of this paint, you’ll see that it looks like a gray blob with just a hint of color. To increase the quality of the interference colors you use to create a painting, mix them with another color, which could be the same color or another color. This will make the second color look better.

If you want to use an interference by itself, even though it is very clear, try it first against a dark background to see how it works. Most of the time, interference paints look best when they are put next to a dark color.

How Much Acrylic Gel To Use To Color?

The next thing you can change is how much acrylic binder and pigments you use. Blended in different acrylic mediums and gel mediums. A small amount of iridescent pigments would go a long way, and broadening with mediums is an important aspect of training how to get the most out of them.

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By adding mediums, you can change the level of iridescence to exactly where you want it for your project and help create beautiful layering effects by making the acrylic more see-through.

When more medium is added to a more highly focused iridescent color blend, the iridescence becomes more transparent and subtle.

How To Layer And Mix With Interference Paint?

Can be used using any techniques or on any canvas where acrylic paint or medium can be used.

Artists can use it right out of the bottle, thin it with water, or mix it with any Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Iridescent Color, Fluid or Gel Mediums to make an infinite number of colors and effects.

Use several fine coating layers instead of one thick one.

When a wash or glaze is applied thinly, the visual interference effects are made worse.

Before the interference color pouring takes place, use a natural world color that is the “flip” or complement of the interference colors. This will make the coating quality of the acrylic colors look opaque. (That is, Napthol Crimson below Interference Green).

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  • Mix 1 percent Mars Black gesso into color to make the painting effect stronger.
  • Add 2–5% Mars Black gesso to interference color to make iridescent grays.
  • Put on white or subtle-colored surfaces, they are see-through.
  • When they are put on black or dark surfaces, they look like bright pastel colors.
  • Put on painted surfaces that are clear or see-through, they make strange color effects.

When mixed with Liquitex gel Mediums, fluid glazes that glow can be made.

Is Mica Resistant To Weathering?

Mica is very resistant to weathering because it doesn’t dissolve in strong acids or bases, doesn’t change when exposed to light, and doesn’t react with water. When mixed with a 100 percent acrylic medium, mica makes paints that are very stable and last a long time.

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The Iridescent Mediums are different from most metals, like copper, bronze, and even aluminum flakes, because mica is resistant to chemicals and UV light. As metals continue to oxidize over time, they tend to rust or corrode. With iridescent colors, all of the parts are already in the most stable state of oxidation, so more oxidizing reactions can’t make them change.

The materials that Golden has selected to sell are well-known for being very strong. Golden Stainless Steel (Coarse & Fine) is made of 316L grade stainless steel, which is very strong and resistant to salt spray, acid spots, and alkaline cleaners or detergents. Micaceous Iron Oxide is very reflective, but it is not metal; it has already been oxidized.

General Rules Or Techniques To Apply When Mixing Fluid Acrylic Colors To Other Colors:

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  1. Choose if you want the painting mix to be hot or cold;
  2. If you have to mix more than two colors (plus white), the result is likely to be muddy. Most importantly, you can’t learn how to mix colors by listening to an explanation, seeing a color reproduction, or watching someone else do it. You have to try it for yourself.

Other Techniques and Things To Think About

Iridescent and Interference colors are mostly clear, so it’s important to think about how the base coat will affect the paint on your canvas. If you change the color of the base coat, you can change the overall color effect in a big way. Put the iridescent or interference layer on transparently.

Use Interference Blue as a glaze over a light yellow or a dark red to make some interesting effects. Wet-blending colors that are mostly clear with iridescent or interference colors can make other interesting effects. When you mix more colors with Gloss Gels and Mediums, you can make glazes that are both thin and thick.

The most important thing to remember about Iridescent and Interference Colors is not to take them at face value. They make never been seen colors and effects.

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What Interference Acrylic Paints Brand Are Available In the Market?

To buy interference paints, you can visit an art supplies store or shop online. Some brands that sell interference acrylics include Interference Golden Artist Colors, by Liquitex, and M. Graham & Co.

When shopping for an interference Golden Artist colors, keep in mind that Golden products are usually more expensive than regular art supplies colors because of high-quality materials. Golden interference colors are more concentrated than other brands, so small amounts of it goes a long way.

If you’re looking for interference colors on a budget, M. Graham & Co. is a good option because their paints are very affordable.

How To Purchase It In An Online Store?

When purchasing interference colors online, it’s important to search for the product details carefully so you know what you’re getting. Some things to search for include the paint’s opacity, whether it’s lightfast or not, and how concentrated the color is.

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Check the product in the image. See if it is in original packaging. This will save you from scammers. Search and read the customer reviews before making a purchase. Also take note of the shipping details. See when you will most likely receive the shipped items.

Take note of the related products you get. Check supplies you gathered. You can sign to the shop’s newsletter so you can receive mail on recent and latest related products for painting and art works.


So there you have it! A crash course in how to layer and mix interference acrylic paint. We hope this has inspired you to experiment with all the different color combinations and effects that are possible with interference acrylic paint. Be sure to share your creations with us on social media – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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