Liquitex Acrylic Mediums

Liquitex Acrylic Mediums are made from 100% acrylic polymer emulsion, and form durable films when dry. They have excellent flexibility and resistance to chemicals, water, abrasion and ultraviolet radiation. When added to acrylic paint, they alter the handling characteristics, appearance or volume to produce an infinite variety of effects.

Mediums are non-yellowing, non-sticky when wet, and non-tacky when dry. They dry slowly by evaporation, display excellent adhesion, and are non-toxic and intermixable. Available in different viscosities and sheens.

Fabric Medium — This medium enhances the workability of Liquitex Acrylics on fabric. It controls bleeding in transparent designs and gives a smooth, consistent flow of paint. Reducing the stiffness that results when using acrylic directly from the jar, it also eliminates the need to scrub roughly textured fabrics in order for paint to adhere to or penetrate surface of the fabric. This fabric medium prevents paint from dragging, skipping, and other uneven applications.

Flexible Modeling Paste — A matte, opaque mixture of marble dust and polymer emulsion that is used to build heavy textures and three-dimensional forms on flexible or rigid supports.

Flow-Aid Fluid Additive — Increases the flow, absorbency, and blending of any water-based paint, ink, or dye. Minimizes brushstrokes. Use with Liquitex Soft Body color to create very fluid washes without hard edges; create staining effects on raw canvas and produce a fluid spray when mixed with acrylics in airbrushes or air guns.

Fluid Mediums Trial Set of 4 — Sample popular Liquitex fluid mediums with this handy trial set featuring 59 ml (2 oz) jars of Matte Medium, Glazing Medium, Slow-Dri Blending Medium, and Ultra Matte Medium. Increase the flow of acrylic, reduce viscosity of heavier paints, and extend the volume of thin paint.

Gel Medium, Gloss — A high viscosity medium, it dries to a crystal clear gloss finish for sparkling, transparent impastos and textured glazes. Translucent when wet, it is transparent to translucent when dry depending on the thickness of the application. An ideal paint extender, it increases the brilliance and transparency of color without changing paint thickness, resulting in paint similar in color depth to oil paint. Use it as an extender, a ground, or as the binder for powdered pigments to make an inexpensive "student grade" high viscosity thick gloss paint.

Gel Medium, Gloss Heavy — A heavy-bodied medium of great density and extra high viscosity, Heavy Gel dries to a translucent gloss finish. It increases body, density and viscosity, attaining the consistency of oil paint with brush or palette knife marks. Extending paint while increasing brilliance and transparency, it keeps paint workable longer than other gel mediums. Use it as an extender, a ground, or a binder for powdered pigments to make an inexpensive "student grade" extra-heavy viscosity thick gloss paint.

Gel Medium, Matte — A high viscosity medium, Matte Gel displays the same qualities as the Gel Medium, except that it dries to a satin, matte finish, and has greater adhesive abilities. Use it as an extender, as a ground, for impasto effects, or as a binder for powered pigments to make an inexpensive "student grade" high viscosity thick matte paint.

Gel Medium, Super Heavy Gloss — A superior adhesive for collage and mixed media projects, or create sculptural effects and high-peak consistency. Dries clear to translucent depending upon thickness, with very low shrinkage. Flexible, non-yellowing, and water-resistant when dry.

Gel Mediums Trial Set of 3 — Sample popular Liquitex gel mediums with this handy trial set featuring 100 ml (3.4 oz) jars of Gloss Gel, Matte Gel, and Gloss Super Heavy Gel. Add body to thinner acrylic paint, extend the volume, increase transparency, increase open time, and hold brush or knife marks.

Gloss Medium — Liquitex Gloss Medium is also known as "Gloss Medium Varnish." Use it as a non-removable final picture varnish where a glossy protective coat is desired, or as a painting and glazing medium. It enhances the depth of color intensity, increases transparency and gloss, eases the flow of paint, and adds flexibility and adhesion to the paint film. Translucent when wet, and transparent when dry, this 100% acrylic polymer varnish is water-soluble when wet and can be thinned. Use it as an extender, a fixative, a ground, or a varnish.

Note — Liquitex Gloss Medium is also known as "Gloss Medium Varnish." We disagree with this terminology, because a varnish must technically be removable from the paint surface. Use a true varnish if, for conservation reasons, the varnish must be removable at a later date.

Introductory Mediums Set of 6 — This set offers a great chance to try out six Liquitex best sellers and innovative new products in 100 ml size. Includes one jar each Clear Gesso, Slow-Dri Blending Medium, Flexible Modeling Paste, Gloss Super Heavy Gel, Pouring Medium, and High Gloss Varnish.

Iridescent Tinting Medium — Producing a range of iridescent or metallic colors when mixed with acrylics, this medium viscosity medium allows the artist to control iridescent intensity. It is opaque when wet, transparent to translucent when dry, and will not oxidize.

Liquitex Palette Wetting Spray — Liquitex Palette Wetting Spray slows drying time of acrylic color on palette or canvas. It also improves color blending. Simply spray and re-spray as needed to prevent acrylic paint from skinning over.

Liquithick — This archival gel additive boasts a unique polymer formula that thickens acrylic paints and mediums without adding transparency. Used in small amounts, it produces handling characteristics very close to that of oil or encaustic paint. At higher concentrations, it can thicken paint or mediums to a "cake-like," sculptural consistency. It dries to a matte sheen in anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days, depending on the amount used.

Matte Medium — Mix medium viscosity Matte Medium with acrylic colors for completely matte, dull and flat effects and a non-reflecting finish. When mixed with acrylic paint, it extends color, increases transparency, matte and film integrity, eases paint flow, and adds to the flexibility and adhesion of paint film. It is opaque when wet and translucent when dry. Use it as an extender, a fixative, or a ground. Mix with Gloss Medium for a semi-gloss or satin medium.

Modeling Paste — This extra high viscosity paste is made from marble dust and 100% polymer emulsion. Suitable for building heavy textures on rigid supports and three-dimensional forms, it dries to the hardness of stone. It can be textured while wet and sanded or carved when dry. Dry paste out in the container for use as clay. Drying too quickly on surfaces causes cosmetic, not structural cracking. Modeling paste adheres to any non-oily, absorbent surface. When it is mixed with acrylic colors, it acts as a weak tinting white while increasing thickness and rigidity. Used extensively for decorating picture frames, it can be used for sculptural or paper-mache purposes, rigid support, flexible support, and as an absorbent or non-absorbent ground.

Pouring Medium — Designed to reduce crazing in poured applications, this fluid medium dries clear, glossy, and flexible. Mixed with soft body palette color, it is ideal for pouring puddles and acrylic sheets.

Slow-Dri Blending Fluid — This clear-drying Blending Fluid is uniquely formulated for superior surface blending with acrylics. Add up to 50% of this medium without jeopardizing the strength of the paint. It increases the "open" working time up to 40%. Great for forming softer edges and modeled forms. It dries clear, and is flexible, non-yellowing, and water-resistant when dry.

Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder — Use this additive with Liquitex Acrylics to extend drying time. It increases transparency when floating, shading, blending, and washing colors. Use Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder in place of water before loading the brush with paint, to eliminate drag and improve flow. It helps to reduce paint skinning on the palette, and is excellent for liner work, transparent washes, and wet-on-wet techniques. Cleans up with soap and water.

Slow-Dri Gel — This clear-drying gel has characteristics similar to Slow-Dri Blending Fluid. Use it where retention of brushstrokes and impasto effects are desired. It increases the "open" working time up to 40%. It dries clear, and is flexible, non-yellowing, and water-resistant when dry.

Slow-Dri Gel Retarder — Use this additive with Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Color, Liquitex Heavy Body Mediums, and all other acrylic paints and mediums when working in low humidity, or whenever increased workability and blending time are desired. Similar to Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder (except in a heavy-body, thick consistency), Slow-Dri Gel Retarder also retains brushstrokes and adds body when added to to lower-viscosity colors such as Liquitex Soft Body Artist Color and Soft Body Mediums. Add no more than 25% to paint, as the absence of a binder may weaken the stability of the paint film if too much is added.

String Gel — Enhances depth of color, while increasing transparency and flow. Dries glossy and transparent with a honey-like consistency. It is also permanent, non-yellowing, flexible, and water-resistant.

Super Heavy Matte Gel — Extra heavy body for thickening and blending acrylic color. It extends the volume and increases transparency, while slowing drying time. Translucent finish retains high peaks, crisp brush, and knife strokes.

Ultra Matte Gel — Use ultra Matte Gel to extend paint up to double amounts without changing color position. Dries to a matte finish, maintaining color opacity.

Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Liquitex products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.

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Introductory Mediums Set of 6
Introductory Mediums Set of 6
Fabric Medium
Flexible Modeling Paste
Fluid Mediums Trial Set of 4
Gel Mediums Trial Set of 3
Gel Medium, Gloss
Gel Medium, Matte
Glazing Medium
Gloss Medium and Varnish
Iridescent Tinting Medium
Palette Wetting Spray
Matte Gel, Super Heavy
Matte Medium
Modeling Paste
Pouring Medium
Slow-Dri Blending Fluid
Slow-Dri Gel Retarder
Flow-Aid Fluid Additive
String Gel
Thickening Gel
Ultra Matte Gel

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