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DYNA (Dynamic) Acrylic Paints

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

DYNA Acrylic Paints are particular acrylic paints produced by Pebeo. The word “DYNA” means “dynamic” and indicates their capacity to reflect a different colour thanks to their composition containing iridescent pearl paint. At the moment these colours are available in 7 variations:

  • 356 iridescent violett blue

  • 354 iridescent red blue

  • 353 iridescent orange yellow

  • 359 iridescent green yellow

  • 358 iridescent green blue

  • 357 iridescent blue green

  • 360 iridescent black blue

DYNA Acrylic Paints by Pebeo

Mixing of DYNA Paints to normal acrylic paints

Even though they have the strongest results when used alone, I decided to test them to see it was possible to use their dynamic and create new DYNA colours.

  • 356 iridescent violett blue: it makes good metallic results mixed with violet or blue acrylic paints

  • 354 iridescent red blue: it makes good metallic results mixed with red acrylic paints

  • 353 iridescent orange yellow: it makes good metallic results mixed with yellow, orange, red and red-violet acrylic paints

  • 359 iridescent green yellow: it makes good metallic results mixed with all acrylic paints

  • 358 iridescent green blue: it makes good metallic results mixed with yellow, green and blue acrylic paints

  • 357 iridescent blue green: it makes good metallic results mixed with yellow and blue acrylic paints

  • 360 iridescent black blue: it darkens all other colours without metallic effect.

When mixed with white all DYNA Colours lose their property becoming pastels.



Is it possible to recreate similar DYNA acrylic paints?

Another test that I did was to see if it was possible to re-create DYNA paints by Pebeo using MICA Interference powder and pearlescent paints with normal acrylic paints.


In my test I noticed that MICA Interference powder (pre-mixed with acrylic binder and, eventually, a glossy gel) worked better than pearlescent paints.


The (starting) ratio I used was 2:1 (2 parts MICA Interference/pearl paint to 1 part normal acrylic paint). For pearl colour, I started with a 1:1 ratio and gradually increased the amount of pearl colour.


Re-creation DYNA Paints using MICA interference and pearl paints

Then I wanted to find out if I could produce other dynamic colours myself using interference colours or MICA interference powder.


I developed 3 different methods:


Method no.1: Mixing regular acrylic paint and interference paint

  • Step no.1: Start by mixing very well 2 parts of pearlescent colours (interference paint) to one part of gloss gel. This is our interference base, which effect will be strengthened by the gloss gel. Keep in mind that, even though the gel dries transparent, it will slightly add white to the compound.

  • Step no.2: Start to add slowly the chosen coloured paint. I would say 0,5-1 part, depending on its tinting strength, that is the amount that colour needs to change another one. In this particular case the normal paint and the interference paint have to co-exist in the mixture! If you put too much coloured paint you could prevent the interference to work. Mix very well and observe how the interference colour will behave: how much is it visible? Does it shimmer in contrast to the coloured paint? If it is too faint, continue to add more pearlescent paint until you get the desired result.


Mixing of normal paints and pearl paints - Part 1

Mixing of normal paints and pearl paints - Part 2

I have to say that I achieved the best self-created DYNA colours with pearl green, pearl blue and pearl violet. The other variants don't seem to be strong enough to get this DYNA effect.


Method no.2: Mixing regular acrylic paint and interference MICA-Powders

  • Step no.1: Start by mixing very well 1 part (full teaspoon) of interference MICA powder to one part of gloss gel and one part acrylic binder. This is our interference base, which effect will be strengthened by the gloss gel. Keep in mind that, even though the gel dries transparent, it will slightly add white to the compound.

  • Step no.2: Once the base is ready without clumps and air bubble, start to add slowly the chosen coloured paint. I would say 0,5-1 part, depending on its tinting strength, that is the amount that colour needs to change another one. In this particular case the normal paint and the interference paint have to co-exist in the mixture! If you put too much coloured paint you could prevent the interference to work. Mix very well and observe interference’s behaviour: how much is it visible? Does it shimmer in contrast to the coloured paint? If it is too faint, continue to add more interference MICA-Powder until you get the desired result.


Mixing of MICA-Interference powders with normal paints


Method no.3: Mixing MICA-Pigment Powders and interference MICA-Powders

  • Step no.1: Start by mixing very well 1 part (full teaspoon) of interference MICA powder to one part of gloss gel and one part acrylic binder. This is our interference base, which effect will be strengthened by the gloss gel. Keep in mind that, even though the gel dries transparent, it will slightly add white to the compound.

  • Step no.2: Once the base is ready without clumps and air bubble, add ½ teaspoon of normal MICA-Powder, mix very well and observe the interference’s behaviour: how much is it visible? Does it shimmer in contrast to the colour? If it is too faint, continue to add more interference MICA-Powder until you get the desired result. During the process, and if you add powder, remember to regulate also the quantity of acrylic binder if necessary.


Which combinations are better to create DYNA acrylic paints?

  • Turquoise, greenish blue, blue and green paints react very good with interference blue and interference green pigments

  • Black with all kinds of interference powder


What is the best method?

In the end, I would say that I prefer using MICA interference powder, even though this method is more extensive.

However, it has been fun working and experimenting with other art materials.

I just wish that Pebeo will develop new DYNA colours in the future.


I hope I could inspire you to experiment and find your own DYNA paints.


Thank you for reading. If you like the post, feel free to leave a like, a comment and don’t forget to follow my blog, my Instagram and share the content on your social media.


Laura

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