Artsnacks Bonus box Review! New Liquitex products!

I just got my bonus box from Artsnacks!!! They partnered with Liquitex ™ for their new cadmium-free acrylic paints. I took the #LiquitexCadmiumFree Challenge. These paints conform to the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI ®) ASTM D 4236. I received 5 bottles and a plastic palette knife. There were two medium yellows(.74 fl oz/22ml), two medium reds(.74 fl oz/22ml), and a titanium white(2 fl oz/59ml).

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Cadmium is a chemical element found on the periodic table and is a metal. Because of its metallic nature it creates a lightfast paint. It is a main component of reds and yellows and was first discovered in 1820 and first used as a paint in the 1840s. Because it is a heavy metal, people are claiming that it can cause cancer, skeletal fractures, and other diseases. (2) A lot of pigments are being “partially replaced by azo pigments.” (1) Liquitex is the first to make cadmium-free reds and yellows for artists.

Sidenote: The paper I used for the tests was the Strathmore Canvas Paper. This is my go to testing paper for acrylics. (not included in the bonus box)

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The quality of this paint is amazing! I could not tell any difference in the colors at all after doing some tests. The texture was about the only difference I could feel with the palette knife. Bottle “B” felt a little more thicker when I “pushed” the paint along. Bottle “A” was a little easier to paint with but only the slightest. When I mixed them with the titanium white(provided in the box)they both mixed to the same colors. (my lighting was a little off but the yellows are the same)

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For the mixing of both the reds and yellows I used the same amount (as accurate as I could) for each mix. (I only caught this picture after mixing the A bottles)

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After I mixed each of the portions. For the most part they mixed to the same color. (Again I apologize for the lighting.)

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I placed each of the paints and mixes I made in small oval dots. For the most part they are the same. I’ll be honest I wasn’t the most accurate on my white measurements when I was mixing but I did the best I could.

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As a side note, for all intents and purposes, I caught a slight smell when I painted but it turned out they both smelled the same.

In conclusion, besides the texture of the paint there wasn’t much of difference of color nor paint-ability. They both worked out great. Now, I couldn’t test lightfastness because that would take years to test against the sunlight. But Liquitex already did the test on the video shown on the website below.

https://www.liquitex.com/cadmium-free-challenge/

On the site, you click on which bottle you got and then which you think is cadmium-free. It was difficult to say but I thought it was bottle A. I was incorrect.

But I wasn’t alone in thinking so!

This was a great bonus box! Liquitex is thinking forward for future generations of artists and that is important for everyone to think about. And I really do love subscribing to Artsnacks and the opportunities they give for trying different new products every month.

Don’t forget use code THEARTLAB10 for 10% off of your first month’s box!
www.artsnacks.co/products
Have a great day!

🙂

Christy

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