I have heard spraying the paint on your palette with a mixture of water and retarder helps keep paint workable longer…do you recommend, and if so, at what ratio? Learn how your comment data is processed. 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. Which mediums, paints, sealants would be best?? Golden offers five consistencies from the most viscous Extra Heavy Gel to Soft Gel. You can take care of all your leather upkeep with one specially formulated solution. Some people are using PVA glue, but I worry about the longevity of that. 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. Hey Will, I was wondering what sort of medium or techniques I should use to create a fog effect on a window or mirror, I am primarily working in acrylics. Cheers, Will. Hello, I have a group of youngsters, wanting to experiment with painting in the style of Van Gogh, lots of texture. All looks nice and moist and beautiful. If not is there something better to try? You might find this article on OPEN acrylics of interest. Heavy or Extra Heavy gel: Adds texture, and lifts the paint off the canvas so that it can hold peaks even when dry. Will. An isolation coat helps to separate your painting from a final varnish layer and protect your painting from the atmosphere. I’m wondering if I applied paper with a gel medium (decoupage style), if my painting would stick to it. Will, Hi I am hoping to paint a person who is in more solid paint, but have translucent rays coming out of the chest area, the rays are beams that increase in size…how to I make acrylic transparent like this…solid first with see through rays descending from chest outward and down..thank you, Hi Nancy, you can thin the paint with a glazing liquid or use a transparent pigment. WOW! Can i use some medium to get the desired effect still keep the strength of the pigment. I would test on a couple of different surfaces just to see if there is a residue on the canvas that is being disturbed, let me know what you find out. Golden Extra Heavy Gel is a Thicker consistency than GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylic colors. Hi Will, I’m looking for a clear or transparent substitute for gesso. Hi Toby, Yes, if you use a heavy gel or even a Molding paste gel you will be able to add texture and then paint ontop with the same colours. This will tone them down and give the illusion of them being in the distance. One I love but still have some difficulty with is self-levelling gel. Using a medium, such as glazing medium, you can work with thin layers that don’t run, but still have a glass like finish. Blend with colors to increase body. My second question would be… Is there something I can use over the mod podge to tone it down without sacrificing the pieces look over time. Someone suggested that i use a palette knife and apply a gel coating on top of the entire surface when I’m done. Now I see some improvement I’d like to make. And after glazing can I use a spray varnish? Cheers, Will, I need to know what is a good sealer for art journal pages… I will be using acrylic paints, water colors, and ink and stamps…. I want to bring out the the colors, transparency, and sink the cutout Mylar pieces to the back for more uniform top? Which type should i use, the Gloss or Matte ? Cheers, Will, Will, thankyou for replying Considering all it’s other uses, I think I’ll buy some and test out a few things. One of the primary roles of gels and mediums is to extend the paint for economical reasons. It’s amazing. Just spray the solution on your countertops and wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel. Hi Lin, not really , I would just mix us a few ‘tester mixes’ onto a palette, varying and making note of the different amounts of water added and then test these on some paper/canvas. Hi I am trying to paint on both wood and glass surfaces, then give it a thick clear top and then paint again over it to create a 3 d effect. Hey Manu, nice to hear from you, yes you can mix heavy body acrylics with a heavy gel to hold its shape, it can work brilliantly with palette knife painting. Your advice has given me more of an idea of the properties of this Gel, and so for that I thank you. Do you have any thoughts? This is a nice paper painting and I don’t want to ruin it. What do you suggest for this? The matte will still make the black appear slightly more grey though because the ‘matting agent’ is usually white. Either paint both sides of the image you want to collage with the medium and attach to the surface you’re working on or cover the surface with a coat of medium, stick your image on, wait for it to dry and then cover with another layer of medium to seal it. Pro tip: I use the gloss version of the glazing liquid because on semi-gloss and matte versions, the matting agent contained within the medium can sometimes cause a milky finish, especially on very dark, black areas of a painting. Will. An investment in artist quality white is one of the best things you can do to instantly improve your acrylic paintings. Good for holding peaks. Thanks for all the extremely helpful lessons! (2) I would like to add some texture so that some of my picture looks like oil paint, You can add texture with any of the gels, the heavy gels are good for more solid sculptural texture. Greetings! I mentioned this briefly to my tutor this week and she suggested a gel medium but, having read your article, I have no idea if (a) this is the solution or (b) which one to use? Extra Heavy Gel Gloss - The thickest of Golden's gels, thicker than Golden Heavy Body Acrylics. You can use a self-levelling gel such as ‘Self Leveling Clear Gel‘ from Golden paints which you can pour over the surface. The high solid gels have a high gloss finish and have very little shrinkage so could be poured over the top of the heavy molding paste so you have a satin inner that could be carved and then a shiny gloss outer. jadeane Moore. MSDS for #00686 - GOLDEN HEAVY BODY ACRYLIC 1 MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET . The only thing to be careful of is buckling. I am about to start a big commission which involves really large canvas’s that I am having the frames made and the canvas stretched for me. I have been experimenting with Liquitex gel medium. If using just retarder and paints it’s not usually recommended to exceed 15% (1:6) but if you’re just misting over the top it should be fine. Cheers, Will, Thank you sooooo much for your reply. Hi Danielle, liquitex pouring medium can give you a great shiny top coat. Hello and thank you very much for this website and for taking time to answer questions. My local art store was stumped. Not sure why I didn’t think of that in the first place! What con recipe would you recommend. ~ Use Diamond Glaze if you want a high gloss SMOOTH or built up surface using fine tip squeeze bottle, finger tip, or brush for application. In the video tutorial above I demonstrate Regular Gel and Extra Heavy Gel. (i normally work with marker, pen/ink, watercolor, oil pastels and digital, haven’t played much with acrylic since college) I would like to create a collage (on canvas) of magazine and newsprint and then paint a semi-transparent image over it. On some pieces I have used the mod podge and then a clear acrylic sealant (aerosol), but it doesn’t dry clear and gives the glass a frosted look that I don’t like. 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. When sanding or spraying, use a NIOSH P100 dust and mist respirator. Golden Extra Heavy Gel Gloss; Golden Extra Heavy Gel Gloss Manufacturer: Golden Artist Colours. Golden Extra Heavy Acrylic Gel Medium - Gloss, 128 oz tub New (6) from $76.85 + FREE Shipping. Hi Silvia, I personally haven’t tried it but would imagine it would have a longer drying time, you could ask Golden technical department to be sure. Do you have a video of this type of use of the heavy gel so I could learn more about the technique ? Hi Will, I came across to your site by chance and glad I did it. Excellent for holding peaks and impasto techniques. I can’t find ingredients to either to know how similar they are. This will be perfect to seal the pictures as well, it really is a magic medium! When creating flowers, I have found they look so flat and thought that maybe this might be the answer for creating a flower with more dimension. VERY EASY TO WORK WITH. 2. EMAIL: info@gel-gloss.com. Is there a clean way to do so? Wood this work on a gourd if I use gesso for grip? Do you have any suggestions? Help! The Extra Heavy Gel has the thickest consistency of any gel from Golden and may be blended with colours to increase body. I would like to use something that will give my paintings a glass-like coating I know if I use crystal clear resin it will turn yellow in time… so what can I use to get the same effect yet keep that glass like look on my acrylic paints and or different mediums I use. Yes, the fluid acrylic will have a greater pigment load, so will appear brighter and more saturated in thin applications. Cheers, Will. Gel-Gloss is a "one of a kind" product which actually cleans, seals, and polishes the surface in one application. I have made a test and find that I like the textured look but I am wondering if I should base coat the flowers first with just the acrylic and then add the acrylic mixed in with the gel. Or must I first mix the gel with my paints then begin ? Hi Jean, I’ve used polyurethane varnish before on painted tables and have found it a good robust varnish. Gels are made from the binder that is used in the creation of acrylic paints – an acrylic polymer. Hi Will Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge. Is there a way to accelerate the curing time? Try it with a test piece first. I am using the Gelli Arts gelli plate. This thins the paint consistency from the tube (using GOLDEN heavy body acrylics) yet creates the perfect consistency for my initial ‘lay in’ stage of the painting. ALSO, THAT U CAN LAYER WITH IT. I have also used a polyurethane varnish as well as the gel for a final coat to see if that would provide a more robust finish. They range in consistency from pourable to moldable with varying degrees of sheen and transparency. Mink Oil for Leather creates a protective barrier that inhibits leather from drying out and cracking. Liquid Mediums, such as Acrylic Glazing liquid gloss are great for increasing the working time of Acrylics and make blending that little bit easier. JUST REMEMBERED THE OTHER PAINTINGS THAT I AM IN AWE OF ARE ALL THE IMPRESSIONISTS PAINTERS. I like to see richness of colours in my paintings – so does this mean that the gloss (rather than semi gloss) would be better for me to try? Or is the isolation coat not necessary? I read that mixing real gold into paint essentially paints the real gold flecks so I have been reluctant to try that. Transparency: Glazing liquid can create thin, translucent paint films – ideal for classical painting techniques such as glazing. My artwork is geometrical, detailed and lines have to be very precise with no bleed. But now I would like to draw on and apply thin washes of colour to the primed yet rough canvas and then use some kind of clear medium or gell to build up a very smooth surface, maybe you have an idea of what I could use? Using mediums as a clear gesso – Golden Paints, Hi Will! I WILL FOLLOW THROUGH AND TAKE SOME PICS OF MY WORK…THANK U THANK U THANK U!!!! Hi Will I have been studying your material (thanks) on acrylic mediums/gels. Please and thank you ! Or is there a better alternative? A few drops in your paint can aid with a more flowing line if you’re painting in more of a watercolour style. FUNNY U ASK, I JUST USED GOLDEN SOFTGEL (GLOSS) TO GLUE SOME STONES, AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW FAST IT HELD THEM DOWN. (see How to apply an isolation coat). I haven’t personally applied glass to a canvas surface, but would use an epoxy glue rather than a gel as the back of glass is non-porous so you want a really good bond so it doesn’t fall off the surface with the movement of the canvas. and page! Cheers, Will. Thanks so much. I have a couple of pre-primed box canvasses. In fact, cleaning your floors will never be easier for you. How to Paint Green Summer Trees with Acrylics – Video Tutorial, Painting over a painting, the pros and cons, http://www.ebsqart.com/Artist/Louise-Mead/49002/Art-Portfolio/Gallery/Whimsical-Birds-Trees/Love-Birds/724897/, This video shows a demonstration of the different qualities of the Molding Pastes, another method you might find of interest, video with the pastel ground being applied, difference between Golden Gels and Pastes, Why some artists varnish their work and other artists don’t, this video helpful about creating wooden picture transfer images, 3 reasons why artists varnish their work (and why some artists don’t), I respect your privacy and take protecting it very seriously -. Thanks so much! You could also experiment with a ‘Hard Molding Paste’, this will dry to a hard surface but can also be carved into after it has dried. Hi Will, I am so glad to have come across your site. Granite can soak up a stain, so if something spills you have to wipe to up right away. SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS! It would be nice if you could suggest some mediums or other workaround to solve the matter. This can help to increase the drying time by 50%. I want to paint the bottle green, translucent and with a slight shine/gloss so that you can still see the contents of the bottle. If the spray was applied lightly you might be able to do it but the paint handling will be very slippy. is this possible to do with a tar gel? This time I used Mod Podge, just to try it, but now I’m concerned about how to do the final topcoat. I appreciate your help! Thanks Will for the quick reply and the link to Golden. I have been trying to create a mixture of the two but no luck. Suggestion on how to experiment and with what? I am attempting to emulate a painting that I have a photo of which was painted in all acrylic paint with deep troughs through the top layer to show the under coat of paint, which also then blended with the wet layer in the texture, so it was not just two colors, it was a graded color due to the dark undercoat mixing with the lighter top coat. Thanks so much Lynda. It performs well and mixes effortlessly with my acrylic paints. Is there any cheaper substitute for the Golden Clear Tar Gel / Self leveling clear gel ? I am a self taught artist. Nap time painter, great idea! I used Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel on a 12 x 24 canvas. This will be perfect to seal the pictures as well, it really is a magic medium! You can use Soft Gel Gloss to extend the paint and the drying time slightly. You can read more about varnishing an oil painting here. Have been trying wetting the area with a warm, damp cloth then scratching at it and sanding it, rubbing at it. 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