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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:
Great product that dries clear and thick which also thicken acrylic paint excellent.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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great! just wish i had been told about the special week afte
have not used it yet
Perfect For My Needs
from Pensacola, FL
I Order the large pail of the thick medium. It is always consistent and great quality.
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Texture for acrylic pieces
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Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums
from saint louis, MO
I love the bead gel. Ads just the right touch. Easy to apply on top of your work.
By cat's meow
from Pontotoc, MS
I needed just a little texture for a painting project, and was out of the gel medium previously used. I chose the Golden acrylic gel medium. It was perfect for my purposes. I will purchase this product again.
Simple the best
Mixes beautifully with phosphorescent powders.
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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!
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