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Liquitex offers a variety of specialty products, including Fluid Mediums, Gel Mediums, Texture Gels, and Additives that have been specifically designed for various techniques and applications, and to achieve special effects.
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.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Slows dry time but hard to use
from Pacific Coast
Comments about Liquitex Slow-Dri Acrylic Retarders:
I have been using the Slo Dry Gel Retarder. First, it does do what it's intended to do - slow the drying time so acrylic paint can be blended and worked with for longer. It also doesn't alter the color of the paint, and as a gel doesn't affect the viscosity of the paint much. Also doesn't seem to alter its opacity much either, when used in modest amounts.However, it's very goopy and difficult to remove just what you need from the jar. You end up with a long, stringy-blobby-slimy glob of retarder. It's like raw egg white in consistency, just not quite as liquidy as egg whites. It's tricky to avoid wasting the retarder, or adding too much to the paint. You have to scoop some onto the palette, basically whatever amount wants to come out even it's way more than you need, and then scrape just what you want over to your paint with a knife. And then wipe up whatever dripped/oozed off your implement onto your work area.Perhaps there is a technique for cleanly and precisely removing it from the jar, but I haven't found it. Bottom line, it works, but it's not convenient when painting. I'll use this up and then try another retarder.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Am experiencing a learning curve. ;)
from Mountains of CA
I bought the Slo-Dri Blending Fluid hoping to keep the paint open longer whilst doing monotypes. It does that, and does it well, but with my particular technique I got some blobby results. It may work better on more absorbent or dampened paper, or I may be simply using too much at a time. However, I AM perfectly happy with how it interacts with the paint! I may end up using this more in painting than in printmaking.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Just what I needed!
By Michael Reyeros
from Miami, FL
Affords me that extra time for blending that I was looking for!
I've had a lot of successwith the Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid
from Rochester, Minnesota
I started a new line of abstract paintings merging different kinds of acrylic paint and utilizing the slow dri-blending fluid to lengthen the time to dry so I can mix the paints in a manner that speaks to what I want to convey on the canvas. It has helped me mix the paints and at times to utilize it as a glaze as well. Thank you,Paul Walech-Roth
Just love it
from UpState NY
I love this stuff. I mix it 50/50 with Liquitex Heavy Body tube paint (and a few other brands), then tube it up (tube weight is lighter). It stays open in the sun and wind for several hours, and works like oils. When it does dry on the palette, a thin skin forms protecting the paint underneath. A thin layer dries fairly quickly, not as fast as acrylics from the tube, but pretty quick allowing me to block in shapes or place any color I want to glow through. Then I'll do the sky. By the time I've finished w/the sky, the block in is dry. I do work heavy impasto, so the extra thick areas might take overnight to dry unless I hit it w/a hairdryer at home. Beautiful layers of color can be developed by either dragging color from one section into another w/knife (which works wonderfully since it stays open so long), or laying a new complex color layer over a dry layer and pulling/dragging it off allowing the layer underneath to show through. Clean-up off my glass palette is easy w/razor blade. Since I use a palette knife I can't say how clean-up is with brushes. Really, do explore mixing this w/your acrylics. It takes some exploring to get the hang of, but it's just wonderful. No drag or stickiness (unless it's partially dry)
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
It Could Have Been Perfect...
from Tampa, FL
This product is great for increasing working time and colors blend fantastically. However, what it doesn't tell you is that it has a gloss finish. If you're okay with that then this product is for you. I can only speak for the fluid blending medium though.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
The Slo-Dri Blending fluid is amazing! Get it if you want subtle blending. I haven't tried the gel or fluid retarder, but I'm sure they're just as good. Definitely worth it.
Many times acrylic artists want to be able to slow down the drying rate of their paints in
order to use blending techniques. Liquitex Slow-Dri Mediums and Additives eliminate the
need for an entire new line of slow drying paints. Add these gels, liquids and sprays to your
Liquitex Acrylic Colors for a whole new approach to your acrylic painting.
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