What is Genesis Heat-Set Paint
Genesis is a new and unique type of Artist Paint.
Genesis Paint is odourless and non-toxic and is ideal for anyone who is allergic to solvents like turpentine.
Genesis is a very good artist quality paint with a very high pigment loading.
Genesis paints are light-fast with excellent archiving properties.
All Genesis Paints conform to the American Standards for Testing of Material, code ASTM D-4236.
Genesis is neither a conventional Oil Paint, nor a type of Acrylic Paint. It cannot be mixed with other types of paint.
Chemically Genesis is closer to Acrylic Paint than Oil Paint.
(Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in an air dry acrylic polymer emulsion. Genesis paint on the other hand is made of pigment suspended in a Heat-Set polymer emulsion.)
Genesis paint is much like regular oil paint to work with, with the exception that it does not dry until heated. Like oil paint you can work for long periods wet-in-wet without the paint drying. Only when you want it to dry you heat it and it dries within a few minutes of being heated. Heating time depends on how thick the paint is, but typically 3 to 5 minutes for normal work, and 10 to 15 minutes for impasto or very thick paint.
Unlike Acrylic the colour does not change during the drying process.
Acrylic paint can be used for underpainting and Genesis paint can be painted over the acrylic for final detail. Acrylic paint once dry can be heated like Genesis without a problem.
Regular Oil paint cannot be heated because of the linseed or other oil bases used in it's manufacture. For this reason don't mix Genesis with regular oil paint. If you do you will not be able to set your painting - ever!
Genesis has its own Thinning Medium to make the paint softer and more "buttery".
You do not need to add a solvent like turpentine to Genesis Paint, but you may do so if you want to. Adding a solvent to Genesis will not adversely affect the paint, it will only thin it and make it more "runny" whilst you are working with it. The solvent will eventually evaporate and the Genesis Paint will return to it's normal constituency. If you are allergic to Turpentine, you may use other solvents like Odourless White Spirits or Rubbing Alcohol 91%.
You may heat Genesis as many time as you like to set the various layers. Overpainting on top of previously heated and set paint with Genesis is not a problem.
Genesis Mediums and Heat-Set varnishes are available.
Genesis Glazing Gel is used to mix with Genesis Paints to give transparent colours, or for doing glazing.
Genesis have 3 Varnishes, namely Satin Varnish, Matte Varnish and Super Matte Varnish.
Thinning Medium is used to thin the paint, whereas Thick Medium is used where impasto or palette knife painting is required.
Palettes and brushes do not ever need cleaning as the paint simply will not dry - unless heated.
Brushes can however be cleaned with any solvent, or water and soap, or dish washing liquid if you want to clean them.
For further information, please request the Genesis Instruction Manual.