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Formulated to enhance the creations of artists working with Liquitex Acrylic Paint, but equally effective when mixed with any Acrylic Colour, Liquitex Professional Matte Gel enhances blending, slows drying time and increases translucency, adhesion and flexibility.
What is a Medium?
Any liquid which changes the consistency of the paint it is mixed with may be classed as a medium. Liquitex mediums are designed specifically for use with acrylic paints, and produce effects ranging from thin glaze to thick impasto, with a variety of choices in between.
Why use a Medium?
By changing the properties of paint, a medium extends the possibilities of how an artist works with the colour, and affords a plethora of exciting techniques and effects.
Acrylic Mediums: Exploring The Possibilities gives further information on the Liquitex range of acrylic mediums, and how they can be used.
Why choose Liquitex Matte Gel?
Having greater adhesion than Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel Medium, Liquitex Matte Gel is an excellent glue for collage. Mix with Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Colour to create impasto effects, and to obtain a similar colour depth to oil paint. Adding Liquitex Matte Gel to acrylic colour provides a satin sheen finish upon drying of the paint.
Fully intermixable, all Liquitex Mediums are water resistant and ph neutral when dry, non-yellowing and permanent.
How do I use Liquitex Matte Gel?
A highly versatile medium, Liquitex Matte Gel can be used as:
An Extender: Mix with Liquitex Soft Body or Heavy Body artist colours, to extend volume and increase transparency. Liquitex Matte Gel maintains the viscosity of heavy body colour, and increases that of soft body colour.
An Adhesive: Use to provide adhesion for collage material.
A Ground: Use in place of Gesso, as a transparent ground, so substrate may be seen.
A Binder: Use as a binder for powdered pigments, to make an inexpensive heavy body matte acrylic paint.
The following video shows how matt and gloss mediums compare:
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Can you explain some of the terms used when painting with Acrylic Mediums?
Click here for a glossary of Acrylic painting terms, including the different types of medium.
Who are Liquitex?
Founded in 1933 by Henry Levison, Permanent Pigments, an oil colour producing company from Cincinnati, Ohio developed the first water-based artist acrylic paints. Their new formulation was launched in 1955, under the new company name Liquitex, an abbreviation of “Liquid texture”, which Levison believed better captured the product’s essence.
Today, Liquitex offers a vast array of intermixable vibrant acrylic paints and mediums, enabling artists to continually explore new and innovative ways of working with Acrylic Colour.