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Golden Silkscreen Medium is a water-borne system designed to blend with acrylic paints for silk-screen application onto paper, wood and other suitable fine art materials. This product is designed to increase working time and prevent paint from drying in the screen too quickly. It is not intended for use on fabrics to be laundered.
Although any addition of Golden Silkscreen Medium will increase the open time of a paint, a good starting point is to blend even parts of paint and medium. Higher levels of the medium will increasingly affect the transparency, but also will increase the open time. Lower levels of Silkscreen Medium produce mixes with the greatest opacity, but these are more likely to clog in the screen.
Silkscreen Medium can be blended with any of the Golden Acrylic paint lines, Gels and Mediums to lengthen the working (open) time for silk-screening. It is a pourable blend of acrylic, retarder & water that, unlike retarder alone, will form a film, thereby increasing durability and thinning the paint while retarding the drying time.
Silkscreen Medium is not designed to impart opacity. The opacity of the mixture will be determined by the nature of the colour being used and the ratio of paint to medium used. Higher levels of the Silkscreen Medium will be increasingly more transparent. Adding Titanium White to a mixture will increase opacity. Any addition of white will lower a colour's chroma and value.
Additionally, transparent colours, including Iridescent and Interference Colours, can be made to appear more opaque when a "base coat" is screened first. For example, Golden Iridescent Gold will appear to have greater opacity over a buff-coloured base coat. Refer to screen-printer's books and other reference material for further suggestions.
General Product Information
Do not mix with oils. Paint on any non-oily surface. Abrade non-absorbent surfaces for increased adhesion. Minimum film formation temperature is 49oF/9oC. Avoid freezing. Clean screens/tools with soap and water. Safe to use with minimal odour.
About Golden Mediums
Golden offer the widest range of mediums for acrylic painting. Their range includes gels, additives and effect pastes, which allows you to choose whatever qualities you desire for your acrylic painting: luminous glazes, gritty opaque structures, string effects, glassy areas or variable drying times. This expansive range gives rise to inspiring possibilities that allow you to do very unusual things. Whatever your needs, our Golden range has you covered.