Golden Acrylic Mediums

Golden Acrylic Mediums offer a range of consistency from pourable to moldable, with various levels of transparency and finish. Experimentation is recommended. Mediums may be used to create glazes, extend paints, build texture, change finishes, or as a gluing agent for collage projects.

Glass Bead Gel — A clear acrylic gel with small, densely packed glass beads. It adds texture and luminous effects.

Wetting Agent — A concentrated additive for reducing the surface tension of water. Add Wetting Agent (formerly Acrylic Flow Release) to water to improve the absorption of acrylic colors into porous surfaces and achieve rich stains on surfaces such as watercolor paper and unprimed canvas.

Gloss Medium — A general purpose liquid polymer for creating thin, fast-drying glazes, extending colors, enhancing gloss, and increasing film integrity. It's oil-like and resinous, promoting flow and leveling.

Fluid Matte Medium — A liquid medium for extending colors, decreasing gloss, and increasing film integrity. Works well with Golden Fluid Acrylics.

Clear Leveling Gel — A thick, fluid acrylic medium designed to produce an even film with excellent clarity. It has a unique resinous, stringy consistency and dries to a flexible, high gloss film. Blend with Golden Acrylics to produce glazes.

Extra Heavy Gel — A very thick acrylic medium, Extra Heavy Gel holds peaks well and is ideal for impasto techniques. Along with the High Solid Gel, it's the thickest of the Golden Gels. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.

Silkscreen Medium — A waterborne system designed to blend with Golden Acrylic colors for silkscreen application. It increases the working time and retards paint from drying in the screen.

Retarder — An additive for slowing the drying (open) time of acrylic paints and mediums. It's useful for "wet-in-wet" techniques and for reducing skinning on the palette.

Molding Paste — An off-white, semi-opaque medium for building texture, Molding Paste dries to a hard yet flexible film and has a satin finish. Its consistency is similar to that of Golden Gels, but is slightly more rigid because of its higher density. Molding Paste holds stiff peaks and tool marks to create highly textured surfaces. Use alone or blend with acrylic mediums or colors.

Coarse Molding Paste — An opaque acrylic medium with a sandy texture. For building surfaces or as a ground for drawing media. Retains tool marks and peaks. Crystalline appearance.

Fiber Paste — Create rough, flexible, paper-like surfaces on canvas or board. Use as a ground or a texture.

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's mixed, the stringier it becomes. Letting the mixture sit before use allows foam bubbles to rise. Blend the gel with Golden Acrylics to add color.

Light Molding Paste — Dramatically reduces the weight traditional molding paste would add, while increasing flexibility. Holds peaks and dries to a soft, flexible, opaque, matte finish. Makes an excellent ground for watercolor-like techniques.

Pumice Gel - Fine — Dries to a warm gray, translucent, matte, and toothy surface. Suitable as a ground for pencils, pastels, and similar drawing media.

Pumice Gel - Coarse — Dries to an opaque gray porous texture. Has a rough concrete appearance.

Pumice Gel - Extra Coarse — Dries to an opaque gray porous texture. Has a rough concrete appearance.

Glazing Liquid — Great for glazing in fine art painting, this acrylic medium dries slowly, allowing the artist extended periods of working time. Glazing Liquid improves brushability and is useful for wet-in-wet blending. It's also great for creating glazes or faux finishes on interior walls and furniture. Choose Gloss or Satin finish.

Clear Granular Gel — Made with coarse acrylic granules, this gloss acrylic gel is designed to add texture without altering color. It's excellent for making translucent, textural glazes and dries to an extremely rough crushed-glass appearance.

High Solid Gel — One of Golden's thickest gels, High Solid Gel holds high peaks, useful for simulating oil paint behavior. It contains less water and more acrylic solids, so it shrinks less than other gels. Retains texture, brushstrokes, and tool marks. Available in Gloss and Matte.

Hard Molding Paste — Provides the hardest, opaque, matte finish. Useful for creating tough, durable finishes for smooth or textured surfaces. Can be carved with hand or powered tools when dry.

Explorer Set of 3 — Sample three of Golden's versatile acrylic mediums. The Explorer Set includes a 2 oz (59 ml) bottle of Gloss Glazing Liquid, a 4 oz (118 ml) jar of Molding Paste, and a 4 oz (118 ml) jar of Regular Gel Matte.

Regular Gel — These gels have a consistency similar to Golden Heavy Body Acrylics. 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.

Heavy Gel — Thicker in consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylics, these gels hold peaks and dry translucent. They're ideal for thickening, extending colors, altering sheen, and increasing translucency of acrylic paint. Blend them with colors to increase body. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.

Soft Gel — 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.

Matte Medium — This is a general purpose, pourable medium for extending color, decreasing gloss, and increasing film integrity. It can also be used to create a clear ground, instead of gesso.

Extra Heavy Molding Paste — This light gray, semi-opaque texture medium is great for building texture. It retains tool marks and peaks and dries to a slightly translucent appearance. It also mixes cleanly with color.

Super Matte Medium — This medium contains an extremely high level of matting agent, so by adding just a little you can effectively reduce gloss and shine without compromising color strength or viscosity. Not intended for use on its own, it should always be blended with acrylic paint.

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Golden Acrylic Mediums have a new look, but their reliable quality remains unchanged. Most products just have new labels, but you will notice a few items also have updated names. Please note that during this transition in stock, you may receive product with new and/or old packaging. Rest assured, they both contain the same outstanding formulations you've come to know and trust.


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