Chroma Archival Oils Gel Mediums

Use these gel mediums from Chroma with a variety of oil painting techniques.

Gel Mediums, including Flow Gel (which liquefies when picked up on a brush), can be conveniently placed on a palette. It is best not to dispense a larger quantity of any Archival Medium than can be used in one day, however, because of the quick-drying properties. Many artists use Archival Gel Mediums to speed up the drying process of their paintings, which means that pure paint on the palette remains usable longer.

As well as being interchangeable, Archival Gel Mediums are designed not to increase gloss levels, avoiding unwanted glossy patches on paintings. Artists who use thickly applied oil paints should use a gel medium, as using thick paint alone increases drying time from 6 to 18 months after application. Archival Mediums stabilize the oil paint, resulting in proper curing of thick slabs of paint without stress or wrinkling. Using Archival Mediums is economical as well, if used with highly pigmented paints such as Archival Oils.

Archival Gel Mediums offer another important benefit when used for wet-on-wet applications. All of the mediums, when mixed on the palette, are softer than the paint that has "settled in" on the painting, making wet-on-wet application very easy. Simply work the fresh paint in with a brush or knife, resulting in greater control over paint application.

Flow Gel — This is a loose gel that liquefies when brushed and stays in place when at rest, making it useful for developing new techniques. It can also be blended easily until it dries (within three hours). It also can be brushed over lightly for wet-on-wet techniques.

Smooth Gel — This is a gel that helps move oil paint around easily while retaining texture and brush marks. Use a 50/50 mix with paint for thick impasto (15-60 mm). It’s also useful for those who desire less extreme applications of paint to dry quickly and retain marks and texture, while still being brushable and easy to manipulate. It also blends wet-in-wet when worked in with a brush or knife.

Texture Gel — This is a variation of Smooth Gel that contains ceramic beads for a gritty texture to add aesthetic appeal to thickly applied paint. It moves easily when mixed, then firms up on the painting, which is useful for keeping oil color separate wet-on-wet, or blendable for wet-in-wet techniques.

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Flow Gel Medium
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Flow Gel Medium
Smooth Gel Medium
Texture Gel Medium

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