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Aqua Fix can be mixed with watercolor paint in lieu of water or applied over a watercolor wash. It makes the surface waterproof and allows successive washes of color that do not disturb one another — colors remain clean and vibrant.
This product has a slightly milky appearance but dries clear. Some artists have found it useful for application over watercolor painted on canvas in order to preserve and protect the surface. Wash brushes and palette immediately after using Aqua Fix.
This product contains latex.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Decent for masking
By Button Ducks
Comments about Schmincke Aqua Fix Medium:
I bought this product to use as a mask to preserve portions of an existing painting so I could apply a background wash. It was one of many products I've tried in my search for a solution that (1) repels water, (2) dries clear with a (3) matte finish, and (4) doesn't alter the underlying painting. Aqua-Fix does (1) & (2) well. It didn't meet criteria (3); it dries shiny enough to notice, so not a solution for my current needs, but not a drawback in the long run.On item (4): Aqua-fix makes the paints brigher, almost as if they're perpetually wet, and some of my paints reacted to it (my W&N Purple Lake turned pink; which was OK in my case, but maybe not others.) You proabably want to completely avoid using this stuff over heavy pigment since the pigment will quite easily remix and move with Aqua-Fix. I think pigments mix a little easier with Aqua-Fix than they do water. If you want to use Aqua-Fix as a mask, I recommend you do some tests before throwing it on your painting.If you dry it with a hair dryer, it can crack. Also, you don't want to apply puddles of this stuff. I recommend waiting for things to dry overnight (or for several days.) Don't apply it to a wet or damp paintings. In fact, make sure your painting is completely dry before using it as a mask (many days.)You can easily lift off any watercolors applied over Aqua-Fix with a damp brush or Q-tip. Unless you applied your wash when the Aqua-Fix was not completely dry. For shame.You'll definitely need to spend some time playing with this stuff to figure out how to use it and learning how your paints, pigments, and anything else you use in your works will react to Aqua-Fix. It didn't work for my immediate needs, but I'm pleasantly surprised with this product. It definitely has its uses. I'm looking forward to using Aqua-Fix on some future projects --- or just for fun. It's a great addition to my Artbox of Things. I really like that pigments dry brighter and/or different with Aqua-Fix.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Don't Buy! Almost Ruined My Painting!
By D. Marthington
from Art School
Applied this product to a watercolor painting for its intended/specified use, and it IMMEDIATELY did the exact opposite of what was described. It picks up & moves pigment. Not only will I NEVER use this product again, I will go as far as warning people of its adverse effects. I recommend this product be removed from the site immediately, as well as its production being discontinued.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are sorry that this product did not work for you as expected. A member of our Customer Care team will be contacting you to see if we may be of further assistance.
I use aqua fix as a masking tool when using watercolors. I find it works best used either diluted or in thin layers. I use aqua fix instead of liquid frisket to protect areas when using watercolor, but unlike frisket it's designed to be permanent, and used as a medium. It has a satin finish when dry, which I don't mind. Example of use- at first I dilute it, mixing some aquafix, water and paint before applying to the paper. When that dries, I apply a second layer of aquafix, slightly thinned with water so I can paint precisely. When that's dry, I can do a wash on top with a contrasting color and the protected area will pop. I tried for years to find a way to get this effect before finding aquafix, with disappointing results. Aquafix is a bit pricey, but the bottle lasts me a long time, so I think it's a decent value and to me totally worth the cost.
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Schminke Aqua Fix and Aqua Collage
I used Schminke Aqua Collage for a watercolor collage. The collage was mostly reconstructed painting torn and repurposed for the collage, along with some rice paper. The Aqua Collage yellows so it should not be used to cover paper--just use it to adhere paper. If the paper is 140 lb or more, a more durable adhesive (such as matte medium) should be used. I then used the Aqua Fix on top of the collage so add additional painted touches in watercolor. When the Aqua Fix made contact with the Aqua Collage, it frequently turned into a sticky goo which eventually dried, but could not be worked with. I like the Aqua Fix, but not satisfied when the Aqua Collage mixes with it, even though Schminke recommends that they be used together. Neither medium comes with additional instructions so it's trial by error.
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