A big thanks for the article. Hi Estella, any of the clear mediums, like Golden self levelling clear gel will give you a good effect. Do you think painting glazing liquid gloss on top will restore the sheen. Would delta ceramcoat’s gel stain medium work for transparent effects? So I have many questions: 1.) There won’t be any harm in sanding it if it’s to create a rough texture for your painting. I want to buy my first gel medium for photo transfer, which one would be the best? Cheers, Will, Hi Will, I work with wine corks to create what I hope to be long lasting pieces of art. Hi Danny, you can just mix in the gel with the paint and it will dry with a glossy finish, you can see a demo in the video above how I mix in a regular gel, it’s exactly the same principle just the gloss gel will have a more reflective, glossy finish. Hi Manvi, you could use a gel, the main issue would be in creating an even, smooth application if you wanted a raised texture. Thank you in advance for your help, and any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I have a couple of pre-primed box canvasses. The soft gel gloss won’t be as hard a finished surface as a varnish layer. Hope this helps Jan and good luck with the painting! Ex – soft gel gloss plus glaze satin? I have been experimenting with acrylic transfers for the last couple weeks, all black and white from a laser jet printer. Any tips would be very helpful. The tar gel is usually best applied as a drip or blob and then left to its own devices to move around/settle on the canvas. “…but it wouldn’t be used in replace of a retarder.” Does it just not extend it as long? Cheers, Will, Hi Will. I hope to be able to take some of your courses soon! Consistency: Gels range from soft to extra heavy depending on the finish you are after. You might find this video of interest if you’re working onto a hard surface and working with kids it might be good fun to mix your own paste like the one in this video. your knowledge is a tremendous help in wading through the plethora of gels, mediums and other additives. Hi Will…I’m new to this acrylic painting gig but I’m very intrigued. The trick is to use the right ones for the right situation. 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. I do collage paintings and have always used a liquid medium for my glue. Can you help me with this? I am using acrylic pouring technic and I ve been trying different brand (pebeo, liquitex, golden) but once the paint dries, it looses its volume and consistancy, the relief of the lower layer appear. 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 Nada, I would usually restore the sheen and saturation to a painting in the final varnish layer. Cheers, Will. Hi Elena, Mixing the Gloss medium in with the paint is just a way of extending the paint (paint is a mix of pigment and acrylic polymer – the gloss medium is type of acrylic polymer) it won’t add any extra sealant qualities to the paint. Thanks! Thank you so much! Hi Linda, not ideally because of the shiny finish of the varnish and the lack of adhesion of the paint onto the surface. Hi Will, I live in rural Australia and can only buy art products via the web. What type of gel would suggest? This is why we can use acrylic mediums in unlimited quantities, and mix them with each other in whatever ratios we want without changing the integrity of our painting. Pleased you’ve been enjoying the articles, to answer your questions: I am confused on whether to go for the semi-gloss or gloss finish. Do translucent glosses come in varying luster? Hi Will, I’m finally making the jump into mixed media. I do have a question I am a painter and sculptor so many of my paintings have become more dimensional. Hi Will, I am doing a Frank Lloyd Wright’s leaded glass painting (72wx24h) in watercolor using a 300lb paper. I AM SURE WILL WILL LET ME KNOW. How to paint on top of the collage without it affecting the collaged images. Any suggestions of what medium to use and how? Once the fabric medium has been mixed with your acrylic paint it will improve the use and also the flow of your paint when applied to the fabric. Yes, you can use Gel medium as a glue ontop of your painting, it works best if you apply the gel medium to the painting, then apply paper, then apply another coat of medium over the top. Thank you so much in advance. Kiran, Hi Kiran, pleased you’ve been finding the videos helpful, yes you can intermix gels and mediums to try and create the perfect flow. 2) You can also use any ratio with either of the heavy gels, but they won’t pour or flow onto the surface. I have bought a primed canvas. They also improve the overall integrity of your paints, so that they dry and finish with cracking, separating, or fading. A regular gel medium will work well for image transfers. Since yesterday,I have been trying to find out ihow to do palette knife painting. I have never used any kind of gel medium before. Thank you very much, this is an excellent site! I am going to experiment first with a small canvas, 20″ x 30″ however, the large canvas that I intend to paint in this fashion is 60″ by 72″ so I must have my technique down. Hello. FUNNY U ASK, I JUST USED GOLDEN SOFTGEL (GLOSS) TO GLUE SOME STONES, AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW FAST IT HELD THEM DOWN. However, when I rub off with the damp cloth all of the paper comes off. Is there a specific reason this may be or something you could suggest? 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. Sorry this all foreign to me , so would appreciate any advice. Hi Sharon, yes you can combine the two paints, you don’t need the OPEN mediums, although they will keep them OPEN for longer. Cheers, Will. I can’t imagine there would be, but I don’t personally use Mod Podge within my works so couldn’t say for sure. Hi Sam, yes, you can mix the Gloss and Matte together to create a satin. Thanks! Will gel medium matte, glue all those and if so, how long does it take to dry? I tried mod podge matte which did not dry matte at all. 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. The acrylic medium that can also be used to great effect for collage techniques is “Golden – Soft Gel Gloss”. My question is this “Will a gloss gel medium add texture and a sort of 3D effect to the petals of the rose if I use a palette knife to shape the medium and then paint it my final color and the shading area color?” Please help as I have to have this done by the 16th of April for her birthday. Gluing/Laminating: Soft Gel Gloss can be used as a glue substitute for collage effects. I bought a tube of the gel but it does not have any directions on the use of the gloss gel medium. 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? Apologies for the long-winded explanation – I tend to ramble … :). To increase the working time of the acrylic paint, it stays wetter for longer. It is based on acrylic paint, which can be brought into a liquid, pourable consistency with the addition of a Pouring Medium and other additives as required. Hi Susan, You can use a gel coating to bring all the elements together in a unified film, so it is just for aesthetic reasons than anything else. Cheers, Will. I am working on collages that are made from card stock photos that are torn and glued, and then I apply some paint on parts of the collage. (It will, of course, dilute the coverage quality of the paint). So to sum it up, acrylic mediums are composed of the same “glue” that holds the paint together. Hi everyone: Just one question. 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…. https://www.ashleypicanco.com/testimonials/7430/, https://www.ashleypicanco.com/testimonials/7432/, https://www.ashleypicanco.com/testimonials/7431/, The Online Art Courses That Shaped Me as an Artist, How to Mix Skin Tones with Acrylics (+ a Secret Hack!). Lustre: Usually you will have a matte, semi-gloss and gloss finish. How can I create the effect I am going for? Liquitex Pouring Medium is designed not to craze in poured applications and has an ultra smooth glossy finish. obviously an expensive exercise to loose so many. Different gels have different chemical makeups which affect the way they mix with your paint. Which medium should I use to get full transparency with acrylics? Fluidity without spread is a tricky one, as the effect is often achieved using resins, which have a resin and a hardener that have to be mixed together. I’m using Titanium white but find that when I add it to the painting, in the whitest parts of the sea foam, or the clouds, it’s not really coming out as white as I would like. My first attempts using Matte Medium mixed in 4:1 (Paint:Medium) look OK but not “Flat”. I’ve recently embarked on a project to paint in acrylics a series of seascapes – crashing waves on the beach, stormy skies, that sort of thing. You can use it for mixing colors directly on the canvas or your palette. Thanks for this interesting article. Thought the ‘visual effect is like condensation on cold glass‘ might be of interest. It has large areas of many Grays / Blacks / dark tones and I don’t want to loose the pigment variation but I do want the finish to be uniform. Great to know (reg W&N)! So even though 2 gels could have the same thickness and consistency (often referred to as viscosity) they would behave very differently depending on if a ‘rheology thickener’ had been added. Hope this helps, Will. Maybe a diamond/glitter ethereal affect I hope to achieve. You could try Golden Technical Support who would have more specifics for this particular case. You might also look at the pumice gels which will add a texture that could create some nice effects for the ground. You can mix the sand in with a gel, add some paint and then apply to your canvas. Artists who work with acrylic paints have a few options when it comes to finishing a painting with a glossy finish. I am confused on whether to go for the semi-gloss or gloss finish. I love the way it works with get instead of water. Hi Linda, it depends which gels you have, these are the ones recommended from Golden paints for using as a clear ‘gesso’ (GAC 100 is most commonly used for sealing MDF boards). I’m new to mediums and gels and your explanations are great. Hi Diane, I’ve always had good results with the Golden mediums, you’ll be able to achieve a matte finish. You’ve probably brought a couple and had a play around, but are you using the right ones? I created a skin of 3 layers of soft gel gloss on a printout of text (flipped, of course), let it dry and applied it to my collage. Hi Alison, to answer your questions: (1) a water colour type wash for a background. Gel mediums can still keep a little bit soft in comparison to a harder varnish, so a polyurethane will always be more hardwearing. Fantastic article! Is there good technique for that? What product do you recommend I use to achieve perfect lines/shapes? Best wishes, Ulla, Thanks Ulla, pleased its been of help, So the protective layer/isolation coat is made by diluting ‘Soft gel gloss’ with water, Yes, either diluting soft gel gloss or Golden paints now product a readymixed ‘isolation coat’. Pleased you’re enjoying the tutorials, to answer your question: Is there a difference between fluid acrylics vs acrylic paint + glazing medium? 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