What I can say is that I use acrylic paint, loads of it at considerable expense.
Trying to source the right type meant buying lots of different brands and testing, testing, testing. When you’ve spent £100 on paint for all of it to end up in the bin, along with the canvas or board its quite demoralizing to be honest, especially when you do the same over and over again. Isn’t that a sign of madness ?
I‘ve dealt with the R&D departments of many paint manufacturers, including Daler Rowney, Liquitex, and Winsor & Newton, to get a better understanding of the pigments and binder. Sometimes they couldn’t provide the answers I needed. There were so many variables to deal with. One thing I found was that each colour actually behaves in different ways and it took many trials to get the balance of viscocity and flow I was looking for. I also looked at liquid density and various ways of measuring, some very technical and some really basic methods.
I also discovered my paint would go ‘off’ after time, a bit like a use by date, so investigated better mixing and storage options for paints.
I started working out of a bedroom in the beginning, but soon realized I needed the right environment working with various chemicals and resin. A clean environment is essential and dust/creatures can be your enemy. So I made a significant investment and built a studio with the correct environment needed including lighting, ventilation units, dust protection, heating, humidity controls, tools etc.
My 3D nature elements, butterflies, dragonflies etc, took lots of development work and investment in further equipment. Each design has gone through numerous iterations of different looks and styles to finally settle on what I have today. Each one is hand painted and formed to create the 3D style
All my art pieces are painted on board. I needed a flat surface to work on and canvas panels, although easy to buy, did not offer the support I required. The wood does make the artwork heavier, but I feel this also adds a quality feel to the final product.