With so many painting mediums available it can sometimes be difficult to make a decision about choosing the right one for your needs. Over the next week we’ll be bring you some handy guides to take you through the most popular mediums for different media – acrylics, watercolours and oils.
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A medium is a substance that can be added to paint to change the way the colour appears and/or behaves. You can also use a medium to alter sheen, texture, transparency or drying time. Read on for our rundown of the most popular acrylic painting mediums.
Gloss mediums are used to enhance the luminosity and natural sheen of acrylics. They typically make paint thinner and more transparent. Great for glazes.
You can use either a glazing or a gloss medium to make acrylic paints more transparent. Standard glaze mediums are better for subtler effects. Liquitex Airbrush Medium is fantastic for glazing:
Use a matte medium for a subtle, non-reflective finish. Mix Gloss and Matte mediums together to create your own ‘semi-gloss’.
Like Gel Medium but thicker and harder. Modelling paste makes your painting three dimensional by building up a relief that can be manipulated once dry.
A white, paste-like gel that thickens your paint – great for impasto techniques. Makes paint suitable for collage work.
Allows you to imitate textures such as sand, ceramic and glass beads. Fun to experiment with and an easy way to really enhance your artwork. Liquitex Black Lava Gel allows you to create some stunning effects:
Slows down drying time of acrylic so it behaves more like oil paint. Retarding mediums also allow you to create smooth blending effects.
Thins acrylics for use with wash techniques & painting over large areas. Doesn’t compromise colour strength.
Want to try some new techniques? Check out some of our other blogs for ideas.
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