Is there a clean way to do so? Cheers, Will. My dad bought me a jar of Windsor & Newton’s Artists’ Acrylic Gloss Medium. when I finish and dry can I spray with acrylic varnish??? And something to seal off the painting as well. The glazing liquid just has a more liquid consistency and is a bit more ‘gluey’, so feels like it has a bit more hold in thinner layers. Forty-eight hours later, I don’t like the effect and want to remove this. Do you use retarder in your water spray at all? I have a quick follow-up question: can I mix some crushed glass into the solid gel to get ice-crystals effect? What would you reccomend for a more intricate portrait? Cheers, Will. Find a medium to help prep your surfaces, adjust paint consistency, flow and sheen. Cheers, Will. Thank you, Lori, Hi Lori, have you managed to create the effect you’re after with a self levelling gel on a small scale? The isolation coat is now dry, and has hot spots, rough areas and is a mess. “…but it wouldn’t be used in replace of a retarder.” Does it just not extend it as long? But I’m still not sure what to use in order to achieve what I want; which is basically a dripping effect, but the mixture has to be consistent enough so it doesn’t run out of the canvas, like a 3d dripping. Hi Tania, you can use gel medium to stick paper and card and if the mirrored surface is light enough it would also stick, but usually with the gel you paint it over the paper surface so it really holds it well. This will give a good strong bond to the surface. Hi Semira, yes you just need to use a clear gel. So if you want to create a palette knife textural feel to a piece, using an ‘Extra Heavy Body Gel’ would create stiff peaks that hold in a shape. I’ve been reading that I can use gel medium to glue glass/mirror to canvas. Are you using artist quality white? I’ve been reading a variety of answers to my question and I would like to hear the right one… I was just at Michael’s searching for clear gel/glosses to use as a finish over oil paintings. I don’t want to buy a new canvas… thanks for your help. 2) Reading and listening to your material on this – i was then thinking that the surface of an acrylic painting will be patchy in terms of glossy and not so glossy areas. Thanks. PROBABLY WOULD WORK WELL ON JUST ABOUT ANYTHING BECAUSE THESE STONES WERE GOOD SIZE BUT THEY WERE FLAT STONES. I HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH GOLDEN PRODUCTS LATELY AND TRIED THE GLASS BEAD GEL AND LOVED IT! I’ll have a read up on varnishing too. After watching your videos on mediums I think I may give the glazing liquid a shot .! I am a beginner and just started using soft gel matte, it says it is cancer causing, should I be using a mask and cover my hands? Can I mix heavy gel medium to my normal acrylics so that it holds the shape ? Many Thanks . If you want to apply pastels to the surface you can apply a coat of ‘Acrylic Ground for Pastels’ and then apply the pastel onto that, here’s a video with the pastel ground being applied. Just hate to waste real gold trying it out because of the cost. Before this dries, should I have my top (lighter color layer) mixed which, I think should be Titanium white (heavy body) mixed with either high solid gel gloss, or extra heavy gel gloss. Thank you so much :-) Can’t wait to try it. I tried mod podge matte which did not dry matte at all. Do you agree? Hoping you can help me. I bought a tube of the gel but it does not have any directions on the use of the gloss gel medium. In the video tutorial above I demonstrate Regular Gel and Extra Heavy Gel. There must be a reliable way of doing this? Rather than spending a bit on mediums to thicken a medium body acrylic, would mixing Tacky Glue or wood glue be appropriate, for the budding artists? Am I right in thinking that using GOLDEN Soft Gel Matte will solve this? Can i use some medium to get the desired effect still keep the strength of the pigment. Hi Will, I am so glad to have come across your site. There are a lot of acrylic mediums on the market and they vary slightly by brand. Hi Chris, you just need to use a clear gel, such as these from Golden paints, the amount of texture and stiffness you’d like varies depending on the gel you use, soft gel being the softest and Extra Heavy Gels being the stiffest. Glass, not being porous, is a difficult surface to paint onto with regular acrylics as the paint has nothing to adhere to, so it is more the surface that you paint onto that will make a difference to the permanence of the paint staying onto the glass. However, I’m still confused! Can I use Airbrush medium to create multiple thin layers of transparent color? Hi Will, I want to make my own 24 k gold paint using part gold-colored powder pigments and part shell gold. Hi Patricia, to get a smoother surface you can paint thin layers of acrylic gesso on top and then lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper. I don’t want to change the color. Hi Will, I just recently took up painting and know very little about any of it! (I don’t wish to embed them in a uniform strata of gel, but almost a coating that will preserve them into a canvas but let me paint on and around them. To answer your questions: I would like to create a collage (on canvas) of magazine and newsprint and then paint a semi-transparent image over it. Hi will I am currently working on a portrait underpainting using system 3acrylic raw umber using thin glazes of water .what I have noticed is that the pigment has separated in the water making the paint look very grainy . The subject matter is a whimsical/folk art style landscape, that might add some visual interest with texture even if I completely paint over any designs the paper itself might have. Try it with a test piece first. Cheers, Will, Hello I had a question regarding using mediums . I’m using acrylics for the first time, painting a sunset and I was thinking to use a clear painting Medium ( for glazing) to create the reflexion (warm) over the landscape. You could call me a nap time painter because when my youngest is napping is when I have the time and energy. If you think of them in cooking terms mediums are like pouring cream, gels can range from double cream to clotted cream! For the latter one, I read that GAC800 is a good product. Which mediums, paints, sealants would be best?? thicker with a little relief/texture to it. Adding Texture: Instead of using thick paint, you can create texture with a gel and paint on top. I don’t personally know of anyway to ‘reactivate a gel’ some of the more recent ‘open acrylics’ from Golden can be worked into again once they are dry but most of the gels and mediums dry by evaporation so as soon as they have been exposed to the air and have dried hard can’t be diluted again. Hey Will, Love your article and tutorials. Thank you in advance Rachel, Hi Rachel, you might like the Golden paints Iridescent colours that give an iridescent effect depending on which angle you view then from. And can i mix both types and get a good more realistic result like smi-gloss/semi-matte or mixing is not a good idea !! Thank you so much for your help and for this site :) Diane. http://www.ebsqart.com/Artist/Louise-Mead/49002/Art-Portfolio/Gallery/Whimsical-Birds-Trees/Love-Birds/724897/ She has numerous others with the same technique It would almost seem she had to do it after she was had completed the painting as the birds and trees don’t ripple around the ridges. Hi Donna, an acrylic gel (or acrylic paint) over an oil painting is a professional no-no. I want my Golden Acrylics to look flatter on a painting I am about to start. I use gesso to get rid of the tooth of a canvas by applying many layers and sanding it very smooth. X, Hello, I would like to do some detailed linework with sakura micron archival pens onto white fabric lampshades and possibly wood. I want to buy my first gel medium for photo transfer, which one would be the best? You might find this article on OPEN acrylics of interest. I’m starting a painting of fall leaves,I d love to use resin or an epoxy finish to cover the painting like glass finish. It might be a bit tricky with the tar gel because it has been specifically designed to level out and will never be able to stay in a fixed, hard shape. My question is can you use different mediums together, such as a flow improver with retarder in the same mix. Hope this helps. I wasn’t sure of the difference between polymer gloss medium and the soft gel gloss, or if I should use both? and page! Others suggest using an airbrush medium on the gel “top coat” instead of a acrylic medium in order to get the translucent effect. Is this a “no-no”? What medium would be the best to use in order to achieve this effect? How can I create the effect I am going for? If you do not, your acrylic painting may discolor or become brittle as it ages. Cheers, Will. APPRECIATE YOUR QUICK RESPONSES AND YOUR HELP. LOVE IT HOW IT MIXES IN WITH THE ACRYLICS. Your suggestions would be incredibly welcome. Winsor & Newton are a great brand, I use them in my acrylics as well. This will be perfect to seal the pictures as well, it really is a magic medium! A typical rule of thumb for medium body acrylics is 1 part paint to 3 parts pouring medium, meaning you’re using more pouring medium than you are actual acrylic paint. 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