Utrecht Acrylic Mediums

Decades ago, Utrecht developed and introduced New Temp Acrylics, one of the first artists' acrylic lines in the world. Since that time, the Brooklyn-based company has gone on to develop a broad array of innovative mediums that give the acrylic painter near limitless options for altering the luminosity, texture, workability, and sheen of their colors. Utrecht Acrylic Mediums are fully intermixable with all brands of acrylic paint and are also an excellent value.

Modeling Paste and Extender — A dense, heavy-bodied acrylic paste, Utrecht Modeling Paste Extender can be mixed with acrylic colors for impasto techniques or applied straight from the jar to create textured grounds. For budget-minded artists, it also makes an economical extender that makes acrylic colors go further. It can also be used as a collage adhesive where transparency is not essential (not suitable for use as a transfer medium). Straight from the jar, it dries to a white, opaque finish.

Gloss Gel Medium — Ideal for glazing, heavy-bodied Utrecht Acrylic Gloss Gel Medium adds body and heightens the transparency of acrylic colors. When used as a topcoat over dry paintings, it creates a "wet-looking" or glass-like finish. Also try it as a transfer medium and collage adhesive — it works wonderfully for mounting fabric to panels, for example.

Gloss Medium — Medium-bodied Utrecht Acrylic Gloss Medium heightens the shine, clarity, and transparency of acrylic colors. It can also be used as an adhesive, transfer medium, and protective topcoat, drying to a smooth, high-gloss finish. Try mixing Utrecht Matte and Gloss Mediums to achieve your own custom level of sheen.

Matte Gel Medium — Utrecht Acrylic Matte Gel Medium is a heavy-bodied emulsion that adds body and texture to acrylics while imparting a flat finish. When applied straight from the jar, it dries to a slightly "frosted" appearance. It can be used to increase paint volume for economical, broad coverage and also makes an excellent transfer medium and collage adhesive.

Matte Medium — Utrecht Acrylic Matte Medium is a medium-bodied acrylic emulsion used to tamp down the surface sheen of acrylic paints. Mixing liberal amounts with your colors will also have the effect of decreasing their transparency. Beyond painting, this medium makes an excellent collage adhesive and transfer medium.

Illuminating Medium — Utrecht Illuminating Medium is a light-bodied acrylic medium that increases the chromatic intensity of acrylic colors of all opacities. Use it to enhance focal points or to produce a greater effect of light overall. This unique medium can be added in incremental ratios to achieve the level of heightened illumination you are seeking. Generally, refractive magnification can be increased by up to 40% (in most cases, depending on pigment type or mixture) without compromising color saturation.

Iridescent Tinting Medium — Utrecht Iridescent Tinting Medium creates a smooth, pearlescent, metallic effect when mixed with acrylic colors. It works best with transparent and semi-transparent colors and can be applied in multiple layers to build up shimmering textures.

Opaque Gel Medium — Utrecht Opaque Gel Medium is a thick, heavy-bodied acrylic emulsion used to heighten opacity and increase body when mixed with acrylic colors. Opaque Gel Medium will retain brushstrokes and can be used to create thick textures and impasto effects. Drying to glossy, opaque finish, it can be used as a adhesive where transparency is not essential (not suitable as a transfer medium).

Retarder Gel Medium — Utrecht Retarder Gel Medium slows the drying time of acrylics, enabling you to execute techniques normally limited to oil painting, such as working wet-on-wet. Add it directly to paint in small amounts or blend it with other mediums. Great for plein air! (Not a Brooklyn Made product).

® Utrecht is a registered trademark.

Gloss Gel Medium
Gloss Gel Medium
Gloss Medium and Varnish
Illuminating Acrylic Painting Medium
Iridescent Tinting Medium
Matte Gel Medium
Matte Medium
Modeling Paste and Extender
Opaque Gel Medium
Retarder Gel Medium
Pumice Stone Gel Medium

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Made in Brooklyn

Founded more than 65 years ago in the Utrecht neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Utrecht is known worldwide as a leading manufacturer of top-quality, handcrafted paints and other art supplies. A groundbreaking company, Utrecht is officially recognized by the Brooklyn Made program sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. This seal denotes Utrecht’s Gold Certification status and its position as a leading, locally based manufacturer and employer.


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