#bigartquest #11 The Miracle of Acrylic Mediums
Big Art Quest 11 What is an Acrylic Medium and why You should be Excited About it!!! Everything you need to know to Explain Acrylic Mediums and what they are for! My tops picks for acrylic Mediums
What mediums does every new artist need ?
Gesso, Gel and Varnish-
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Liquitex Professional Gloss Gel, Medium, 8 Ounce
Liquitex Professional Gloss Fluid, Medium and Varnish, 8-oz
Liquitex Professional White Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 16-oz
VARNISH brush ( will help with streaking )
Micaceous Iron Oxide

What is a medium:
It is a polymer emulsion designed to be added to acrylic paint. It is made to alter the characteristics of your paint while protecting it!! They are intermixable and are made to work acrylic paint. They make paint thick or thin, shiny or matt. They add flexibility to your paint effects without impacting it performance. The idea is your paint will not fall off the canvas in a year.
I mean for you this means All Acrylic mediums are for you. Its up to you to decide how they might help you. Gesso prepares surfaces, gels alter texture and shine, flows and retarders slow drying.
Medium are not additives. Additives can give you tons of effects BUT you may loose paint adhesions or performance. An additive might be sand you collect and put into your paint. Your paint may fall off the canvas, crack, or do something totally unexpected.
Mediums will do what it says on the label.
Mediums include
Surface prep- gesso
Surface Preparations are used to seal, prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas, wood, paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just one coat.
Increase Flow. Dry transparent or translucent. Extend the volume of thin paint.
Make an excellent archival adhesive for collage
- Fluid- Slo Dri - Palette wetting Spray - Glazes - Airbrush medium
Add Body add volume , Increase “open” time another words Slow drying
Dry transparent or translucent so you can create glossy or matt effects
Extend the volume of paint and that can save you money
Hold brush or knife marks for perfect impasto
Make an excellent archival adhesive for collage- Love modge padge but this is the stuff for artists
Effects -Generally these are the glass beads or sand you see at the store but also are Slow-Dri® Fluid Retarder
Flow Aid
Slow-Dri® Gel Retarder
Thickening Gel
and varnish- yup that whole wall
So mediums are all the rest of the paint wall you face in the art store

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