Clear of course, but consistency and finish would be? jadeane Moore. But you say the soft gel (gloss) applied as an isolation coat pulls the painting together to the same degree of glossiness. A minimum of two coats is recommended. I am using a 300lb water colour paper. Hi Chris, it’s a personal choice regarding varnishing, you might find this article of interest: Why some artists varnish their work and other artists don’t Cheers, Will. Pouring Medium: To makes those trendy Pour Acrylic paintings, you would use a pouring medium mixed with your paint before adding it (or pouring it) onto your canvas; Paste and gels. 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. I AM NEW TO YOUR WEBSITE AND AM ENJOYING IT IMMENSELY. You can read some thoughts on OPEN acrylics here. Never oversaturate your paint, if you use less than 30% of water when mixing your paint. Cheers, Will. Cheers, Will. I actually do watercolors and I am looking for something easy to use as protection, to do 6 spray layers, then an isolation coat, and then 4-6 varnish coats just won’t happen… but am thinking that there surely must be an easier alternative. is there a way to ‘dilute’ ‘reconstitute the mediums like soft gel ,matte and reguular gel for instance. Please advise. Thank you so very much !!! I want to mix my paints with the gel to add some texture, I’m just not sure if it would be alright in the oven and I don’t want to mess up. Retarding medium slows down the drying time of acrylic paint so that it works a lot more like oil paint. Modelling paste is also great for collage because you can embed all kinds of objects in the surface. Yes, the gloss would give you more richness and saturation to the paint. I read that mixing real gold into paint essentially paints the real gold flecks so I have been reluctant to try that. They can be thin or quite thick, applied with brushes or spreading tools such as palette knives or squeegees. You can read more about varnishing an oil painting here. Hope this helps, Please help, I am looking for a material that would offer an iridescent effect also using acrylic on canvas. APPRECIATE YOUR QUICK RESPONSES AND YOUR HELP. Artists mix certain media with paint to achieve various artistic effects. You can use a self-levelling gel such as ‘Self Leveling Clear Gel‘ from Golden paints which you can pour over the surface. Thank you :). Hi, I work on gourds. I have always painted water colors but am now trying to use acrylics. Ex – soft gel gloss plus glaze satin? Acrylic nails and gel nails are both a staple in manicure fashion and designs. Now, how much of GAC should I put into the mixture? I am late finishing a custom piece of art. Finding your site very helpful so thank you! Imagine the isolation coat as a clear sheet of glossy film, whatever it is laid on top of will appear glossy. Can you suggest what material I could use, and how? WORKS WELL ON BUTTONS ALSO. Thank you very much. Adding Glossy/Matte finish. Liquid Mediums, such as Acrylic Glazing liquid gloss are great for increasing the working time of Acrylics and make blending that little bit easier. Hi Phyllis, yes you’ll be able to add more layers of the gel, I don’t have a specific video on using the heavy gels for building up texture, You can see some videos here on different uses of molding pastes Cheers, Will, good afternoon will, I didn’t read previous questions. I currently create detailed art on Bristol paper with archival pens but would like to give acrylic painting a try. On the au website for Golden products it lists both ‘extra heavy gel’ and ‘extra heavy gel/molding paste.’ Can you please explain the difference? Could this be due to the cheapness of the pigment itself .? She has numerous others with the same technique It would almost seem she had to do it after she was had completed the painting as the birds and trees don’t ripple around the ridges. However, when I rub off with the damp cloth all of the paper comes off. Can be thinned by diluting with up to 25% water - distilled water will give best results. it started out as a gold and black painting but ended up as a shine black with very little gold . 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. I want to bring out the the colors, transparency, and sink the cutout Mylar pieces to the back for more uniform top? Winsor & Newton, along with other manufacturers, make an ‘Artist all purpose Spray Varnish’ that can be applied to all sorts of craft work including paper and acrylics, it is non-removable but the benefits are, it be applied in fine layers (so it doesn’t get too wet) and it’s more controllable. Thanks. What do I do? Thanks for this interesting article. Hope this helps. You can apply the layers with the soft gel gloss and then add a final finishing layer of satin varnish to unify the look. You can see it in this video around the 50 second mark. Just paint it straight on, swirl with a pallet knife and you’ll be away! I see everywhere it says to mix gels and mediums with the paint and then use it to add texture to the painting. Hi will I am currently working on a portrait underpainting using system 3acrylic raw umber using thin glazes of water .what I have noticed is that the pigment has separated in the water making the paint look very grainy . What am I doing wrong? You’ll need to leave them for 30 minutes before unwrapping the first time, and then rewrap and leave for a further 15 minutes. Thanks so much. HAVE YOU EXPERIMENTED WITH THE GLASS BEAD GEL YET? Cheers, Will. Hi Helen, it all depends on the final effect you’re trying to achieve, if you’re dripping/pouring, or building up thicker areas. Thicker gel mediums thicken the paint and give you a finish more like oil paint, where the brushstrokes are visible. Crafty Arts Ltd Registered Office: Creative House, Bryant Avenue, Romford, Essex, RM3 0AP, Easter, Valentines, Mothers and Fathers Day. Cheers, Will. To increase the working time of the acrylic paint, it stays wetter for longer. sorry if this is a repeat. For pouring medium have a look at Liquitex pouring medium, I want the water in my lake scene to be shiny, Hi Sandi, you can add a gloss gel or a gloss varnish to the surface to bring up the sheen. I used Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel on a 12 x 24 canvas. 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. The grit size lies somewhere between GOLDEN Fine and Coarse Pumice Gels. I find even if you add a little paint into tine the gel it can help with judging the next layers of the painting. Winsor & Newton are a great brand, I use them in my acrylics as well. Thanks! Paint film: Creating a layer of paint than ‘holds together’, if too watery an acrylic paint film can often not hold in a thin layer it can separate out. There are five consistencies of Golden plain acrylic gels the thickest being Extra Heavy Gel, then Heavy Gel, Regular Gel and Soft Gel, they also offer High Solid Gels that have a similar consistency to Heavy Gels but have even less shrinkage. (!) I use the Micron pens myself but haven’t personally tried a Golden gel over the top. OTHER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT: None required under normal use. Hi Lin, if the medium is too thick you just need to add some water to the mix, stir it together and try pouring it again until you get a nice flow. Firstly, except in exceptional circumstances, such as the current ones, it is advised you avoid removing your own nails. Add Acrylic Ink or Soft Body paints to create fine lines or thick ribbons. It is also transparent so it can be applied over the top of dry paint to the same effect. Pleased you’re enjoying the tutorials, to answer your question: Is there a difference between fluid acrylics vs acrylic paint + glazing medium? My question is, if I mix this into my paint when painting on glass do I need to seal it somehow? Do you? Want to learn more about how to use gels in your acrylic paintings? is this true? Thanks! 2) You can also use any ratio with either of the heavy gels, but they won’t pour or flow onto the surface. Wood this work on a gourd if I use gesso for grip? Gloss Gel Medium. Hey Will, Love your article and tutorials. If I am framing an acrylic painting – do I apply the isolation coat (without varnish) and then frame? For the latter one, I read that GAC800 is a good product. Try it with a test piece first. I’m using Golden products, and these particular Gels were amongst the oil materials so I assumed they could be used as an oil “finish,” not necessarily a medium (which was not my intention anyways). The only thing to be careful of is buckling. Modelones Poly Nail Gel Builder 50ML 1.76oz Clear Color Nail Extension Gel Enhancement Nail Thickening Acrylic Extension Trial Professional Technician Tool 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,585 £11.85 £ 11 . Thank you in advance for your help, and any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Hi Tressa, you could use an artist quality PVA and mix with plaster (that you’d use at home for wall repairs), then you can change the ratio of PVA to make it more flexible, but too much PVA can give a shiny surface for the subsequent paint layers to adhere to. Hi Simon, yes you would be able to mix glass in with the solid gel, you can also get Gels that contain glass beads, here’s the description from the Golden website: Glass Bead (L-R) and Clear Granular Gel are coarse textured mediums with a viscosity similar to Heavy Body that holds peaks. In all cases I brushed a thin layer of the gel to the area outside the image so the whole thing had a consistent finish. My question is can you use different mediums together, such as a flow improver with retarder in the same mix. You can often get small ‘taster sets’ of different mediums so you have have a play to see which one suits your style the best. I would like to install him on a base that will look like ice: shiny, translucent with a greenish glow. Either you can use an acrylic that has already been thinned in the manufacturing process such as high flow acrylics or fluid acrylics, or use a flow release to give you a staining effect with heavy body paints. I can’t find ingredients to either to know how similar they are. Wrong medium (even though these artists specficially state they are using a heavy gel medium)….? ALSO, I GLUED MY STONES DOWN TO CARDSTOCK, I ASSUME CANVAS WOULD WORK TOO. What would you recommend? I have been working on my first acrylic for a year. 2 days later my paintings look too dry and faded. Can u add any detail once this pouring over the painting has begun like using Saran wrap to give a look of ice over the leaves. You could call me a nap time painter because when my youngest is napping is when I have the time and energy. Choosing the right nail acrylics Which would you suggest? We use cookies to improve your experience of this website. I have been trying to create a mixture of the two but no luck. Cheers, Will. I’ve been reading and looking at all the different golden mediums there are to offer. I use Soft Gel Gloss & Glazing Liquid Gloss on 90% of my acrylic paintings. Choosing The Correct Yarn, Needle & Hook sizes For Knitting & Crochet. Hope this helps, Hi Will, I seem to have a bit of a problem. Many thanks for this Will. Can anyone tell me if that’s true and what specific product to use. Could it be used in place of retarder? However, if my oil is fully dry, is there any harm (furthermore, will it “enhance”) if I sparingly use the gel over top? WOW! 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. Applying too much water or too much medium to acrylic paint can cause overthinning, which dilutes the acrylic binder and can leave an insufficient remainder of binder for the pigment. CAN YOU USE A HEAT GUN, OR IS THAT A NO-NO ALSO?? So the protective layer/isolation coat is made by deluting ‘Soft gel gloss’ with water (I did watch your YouTube video :-) ). What would you recommend, Fine pumice gel? The trick is to use the right ones for the right situation. Is there a way to accelerate the curing time? THE OPEN ACRYLIC GEL I WANT TO TRY AND THE GLAZING LIQUID AS I HOPE IT MIGHT ASSIST ME IN LEARNING HOW TO BLEND BETTER. thicker with a little relief/texture to it. You can thin with the airbrush medium, but for glazing the glazing liquid gloss (from Golden) holds a more viscous consistency. I got Glass Bead Gel (which I think would look cool over a large abstract oil painting I did – basically a gradient from blue to yellow. 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…. Strangely, in Europe, acrylic is called resin! Cheers, Will. Modelling paste or moulding paste, is like a gel medium but more dense and hard. Is that correct? 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. Or water mixed with something? How about a mod podgy, which one is better to use over of my picture to give more texture and make it more like a painting? What is the effect you are trying to achieve? Or do you have a better recommendation? Just make a small test sample and pour some on. In the videos I saw you tried the Open Medium. Or must I first mix the gel with my paints then begin ? Cheers, Will. Hi Lucia, I would use paints specific for glass painting for anything going into the oven, but you can contact the Golden technical department to double check. Silvia. Many thanks! You might find this palette knife tutorial of interest to get you started. I want to strengthen the paste texture and give a protective coating to the acrylic paint. Watering down my paint doesn’t seem to be a good approach – it becomes too transparent. This will give a good strong bond to the surface. How can I adhere it? 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. Hope this helps. Under normal use you wouldn’t normally need to wear a mask or cover your hands, here are the Safety Guidelines from Golden Paints: SECTION 8 – EXPOSURE CONTROL/PERSONAL PROTECTION. Cheers, Will, Hi, I am an oil artist and I wanted to use my jar of Susan Sheewe White Texture Medium ( that I use for my watercolors) under one of my oil paintings to let the paint flow better. I have been experimenting with drying times in an attempt to find a good formula. 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. Wow you are a wealth of information, thank you for that! Pastes dry Opaque. I’m wondering if I applied paper with a gel medium (decoupage style), if my painting would stick to it. RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: None required under normal use. I had already noticed this in my work through using different brands of acrylic paint (i have Golden, Liquitex and W&N). I wanted to know if I could write on the painting while it is still wet and have the words blend into an image but still be readable . Any suggestions? They will stick to metal, but are susceptible to ‘lifting off’ as you mentioned and peeling if scratched/rubbed too hard. Cheers, Will, Hi Will, I work with wine corks to create what I hope to be long lasting pieces of art. I have an abstract all finished and I want to add a layer of clear something that I can make twirls or use a pallet knife to make some 3D effects and make it textured so that it is a textured clear layer over the finished painting. Adding Body. VENTILATION: General dilution ventilation is recommended at a level sufficient to keep individuals asymptomatic to inhalation exposure. Fantastic article! Adding Texture: Instead of using thick paint, you can create texture with a gel and paint on top. I am working on a journal and my pages are getting stuck together! You can mix paints right on the Gelli® Plate, and you can mix different types of acrylic paints. Hi Elsie, using an acrylic paste glue like Araldite Crystal Fix would work. I just finished a textured painting using the crackle paste . Do you think painting glazing liquid gloss on top will restore the sheen. Would Gloss medium work? Thank you very much for sharing this information, it’s very useful. This has been soooo Helpful! I KNOW WILL ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION, HAVE TO TELL YOU THO, I AM A NEWBIE TO OIL, AND I LOVE IT BUT IT IS DRIVING ME NUTS WAITING FOR IT TO DRY. You can paint three-dimensional works of art by building up a relief that can then be sculpted, sanded or carved once it’s dry. One of the primary roles of gels and mediums is to extend the paint for economical reasons. Do you agree? Remove any old nail polish you’ve had on … Hi Kelsey,’Tar Gel’ has a nice dripping effect quality. I am painting a night sky, and I want to create a distinction between stars and clouds to show that the stars are further away, while also ensuring that they are the focus of the painting. Hi Natasha, if you’re working with acrylics you don’t need to use gesso, you can apply the paint straight to the canvas, it will just give you a different effect. Clean It. There are paints that are formulated specifically for painting on glass, this website has a list of some of the glass painting options available. Absolute Beginners Water-Mixable Oils Course, Studio Notes // 003: Art, Fear & Paint Stories, In the second lesson, we approach the painting wit, I’ve just posted two new free videos to the Will, Thanks for all your support, enthusiasm and fab cr, How to Paint a Simple Snowscene with Acrylics – video tutorial. Applied with a stiff brush thus giving a paper print the illusion of a painting. Can I or better ask is there any moulding paste with no color? I’ve looked high and low on the internet to see if I can use Golden Top Coat. Hi Jim, yes, the Acrylic glazing medium slows down the drying slightly. I am wondering if you can advise me on how to apply diamond dust to a very large print of Elizabeth Taylor on Canvas. I want to use glass jars and give a dipped, dripped effect. Is there any cheaper substitute for the Golden Clear Tar Gel / Self leveling clear gel ? AND IDEAS AND EXAMPLES ON BEST WAY TO USE. I used this process: paint the surface with the heavy gel, place the paper on top, paint over the paper, leave, and rub off with a damp cloth. 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