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Golden Gel Mediums offer artists many ways to build texture. They range in consistency from pourable to moldable with varying degrees of sheen and transparency. They can be used to create glazes, extend paints, and change finishes. Some gels incorporate pumice, glass, or acrylic granules that impart unique reflective, rough, or absorbent surface qualities.
Gels can be thought of as colorless paint, as they are composed of 100% acrylic polymers similar to acrylic paint. They can also act as adhesives in collage and mixed media that dry to form continuous films, offering excellent flexibility and resistance to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light.
Clear Granular Gel
Made from clear acrylic granular solids, this gel is designed to add texture without altering color.
Clear Tar Gel
Designed to produce a stringy, tar-like feel in a colorless gel. The gel is excellent for "dripping" over surfaces. The more it is mixed, the stringier it becomes. Letting the mixture sit before use allows foam bubbles to rise.
Extra Heavy Gel
These gels have the same characteristics as the Heavy Gel above, but they can hold better peaks and are ideal for impasto techniques.
Along with the High Solid Gels, they are the thickest of the Golden Gels. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Extra Heavy Gel / Molding Paste
A blend of heavy gel and molding paste, dries to a satin, semi-opaque finish. Blends well with colors. Excellent for increasing viscosity and building surfaces.
Glass Bead Gel
Clear gel with densely packed glass beads. Adds texture and luminous effects.
Thicker in consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors, these gels hold peaks and dry translucent. Blend them with colors to increase body. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
High Solid Gel
The thickest of the gels. Holds high peaks, useful for simulating oil paint behavior. Contains less water and more acrylic solids, so it shrinks less than other gels.
These gels have the same thickness and creamy consistency as Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors.
They extend paint and regulate translucency without affecting consistency, hold moderate peaks and textures, and are ideal for glazing. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Included in this convenient introductory set is one 2 oz (60 ml) jar of Soft Gel (Gloss), Regular Gel (Semi-Gloss), Extra-Heavy Gel (Matte), Light Molding Paste, Coarse Pumice Gel, and Clear Tar Gel.
Self-Leveling Clear Gel
The thinnest of the gels. Designed to produce an even film with excellent clarity.
Thinner than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors, these gels are moderately pourable, hold only slight peaks, and are ideal for glazing and other techniques that require transparency.
Soft Gels can also be used to create a non-removable isolation coat over any painting. To do so, gels must be thinned with water at a two-to-one ratio, and applied prior to any coats of varnish. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
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Comments about Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums:
Mixes beautifully with phosphorescent powders.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Golden Acrylic Gel & Glow in the Dark
We use the gel as the base for our phosphorescent, glow in the dark, powders.
Versatile and Useful Product
I use the gel medium for a wide variety of applications. Currently using extend acrylic paints and give the Open acrylics more body when needed. It thins down, too, with the acrylic thinner, making it very useful. In the past I have used it to mount watercolors onto cradled artboard and to coat my handmade paper relief "breastplates." It also makes a good adhesive thinned down for tissue paper layering. I keep trying new uses for it!
Perfect product for collage!
from Webster City, IA
I find this matte gel medium to be the perfect product for my collages.
Can't do without them!
By Maggy Cat
from Chicago, IL
I rely on gel medium a great deal when I paint - a range of them in terms of thickness and such. They are indispensable for my painting and collage method. My one complaint is that I can't always tell how it's going to dry as far as translucence. I'm getting better with experience. Go through it fast, so I'd like it to be cheaper!
Always perfect from Golden
I use this for nearly everything I make. I'll buy the larger size next time. Perfect for collage and barriers.
from Tallahassee, Fla.
I use this product on every painting, I always am satisfied with the quality. The delivery was fast too!
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums
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Golden Soft Gel (Gloss)
from Santa Fe, NM
I purchased Golden Soft Gel (Gloss) after a near disaster spray varnishing my painting.A fellow artist told me about using an isolation layer to apply over the finished painting using 2 parts of Golden Soft Gel (Gloss) and one part of water. According to Golden tech support, make sure your acrylic painting has dried at least 3 days before applying the isolation layer. I tried this on a practice painting and found that for at least Santa Fe, where it is dry, 2 to 1 is not quite thin enough. I called Golden tech support and they were really great about educating me on how to apply an isolation layer using a good brush (synthetic fiber) and that the 2 to 1 ratio of soft gel to water is only a starting point. You can add more water and thin it down even more. Whatever you do, don't keep going back over the painting because once it starts to set which is pretty quick, going back over it will leave big brush marks which are very difficult to undo.The isolation layer is always done in gloss and is a permanent layer between the paint and the varnish. I use conservation varnish with UV inhibitor in it so that at some point if I ever have to remove the varnish to restore the painting, it will come off with mineral spirits or ammonia (depending on which kind you use) but it will not damage the paint because of the isolation layer covering it. Golden tech support told me that even if you want a mat finish on your final painting, always use a soft gel gloss for the isolation layer. Allow the isolation 3 days to dry before varnishing. Then, to varnish, either brush or spray using gloss varnish on any preliminary coats . It is only on the final coat that you use Satin or Mat to get the mat finish you want. This is so that the white in the Satin or Mat finish does not build up if you were to use them in the preliminary coats.Anyway, this is about isolation layers and although it adds more work and a bit of nervousness to the process, it turns out to be the most professional way to go and in the end, may save you from things like a varnish disaster that happened to me.
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