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Winsor and Newtons extensive research and development,presents the brightest ever range of Artists Acrylic. By combining their world-beating colour making experience with the latest developments in resin technology they have taken 'brilliance' to a new level. And that's not all. Not only are their colours brilliant when wet but they remain just as bright when dry - so what you see is what you get. One of the major advantages of acrylic colour is that it dries quickly, allowing artists to overpaint within minutes and build up multiple layers during one painting session. However sometimes acrylics can dry a little too quickly, especially when compared to oil colour, and this can restrict some painting techniques. Taking this into consideration, Winsor and Newton have formulated Artists' Acrylic to have a longer working time on the palette without compromising the convenient drying time of acrylics. The working time of Winsor & Newton Artists Acrylics is now 20% more than the previous range of Finity Artists Acrylics which equates to approximately 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the colour).This longer open time makes Artists Acrylic ideally suited for artists who want plenty of time to work and blend their paints on the palette and canvas. All 80 colours within the Artists Acrylic range are classified as permanent for artists use, earning an AA or A rating from Winsor & Newton.Improvements in lightfastness have not been at the expense of hue or handling properties. Colours such as Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, and Hooker's Green are traditionally associated with low lightfastness, yet with Artists Acrylic, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Sap Green and Hooker's Green provide the true hues with permanence. Winsor & Newton Artists Acrylic includes a good mix of transparent and opaque colours offering good levels of opacity and covering power.Transparent colours such as the synthetic organics (Phthalocyanines and Quinacridones) give clean colour mixing, while opaque colours such as the Cadmiums and earth colours, offer the greatest covering power. Covering power is how well a paint can cover previous layers or how far it spreads on the canvas. This is influenced by the natural strength of the pigment, the level of pigment in the colour and the natural opacity of the pigment. The highest level of pigmentation used in Winsor & Newton Artists' Acrylic provides unsurpassed levels of tinting strength and covering power. Artists Acrylic will cover surfaces much quicker than other acrylics, usually with only one coat.