PAINTS WITH PANACHE: Interference and Iridescent Colours


This one day workshop will give you experience of using a variety of special paints known as interference and iridescent colours. They achieve their reflective properties by synthetically reproducing something of nature’s beauty – the pearlescent qualities found in fish scales, the dust of a butterfly’s wing, and the shiny and reflective qualities found in certain metals. New Zealand’s paua shell will be used as inspiration and you will make two small paintings, and an iridescent acrylic skin which you can use in future paintings or craft work. You will also experience how to enliven and enhance your favourite colours with the addition of paints from the iridescent range. Painting methods used throughout the day include extrusion resist, dry brush work, and water media techniques. You will use top quality professional acrylic products, including OPEN, fluid, iridescent and interference paints, pastes, gels and mediums.   







At the end of the day you will have:

  • Two small art works inspired by the paua shell.
  • An acrylic skin made with gel interference glazes, inspired by paua and suitable for use as a collage element in future painting or craft work.
  • A colour blends reference board using a range of iridescent and fluid colours.

You will also have gained experience of:

  • Water media applications, dry brush painting and extrusion/resist techniques.
  • How to use iridescent and interference paints.
  • A range of top quality professional acrylic art products - pastes, gels and mediums, open and fluid colours, including interference and iridescent acrylics.