Tips for using Acrylic mediums

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The effects of Galeria Sand Texture Gel

Applying a medium to your artwork can be nothing short of transformative. From slowing drying times to adding texture, mediums are the perfect complement to your colour choices. Conveniently, all of our acrylic mediums are fully compatible with our Professional Acrylic and Galeria Acrylic colours – and they can be used to achieve a variety of effects. 

While there is an exhaustive list of possibilities with the use of mediums, we’ve identified three simple tips which can help you best work with acrylic mediums, enhance your practice and perhaps even the colour performance of your chosen palette. Read on for more!

1. Try glazing to alter colour effects

Once you’ve finished a piece, applying an overall glaze can unify your final image. You can also try glazing your work throughout the painting process to produce delicate colour effects and depth. Often a thin wash is required, which is best achieved with Professional Acrylic Mediums Gloss Gel and a touch of water, the extra gloss improving depth of colour. 
Professional Acrylic Mediums Gloss Gel 

Professional Acrylic Mediums Flow Improver is great for maintaining colour stability when used as intended.

2. Keep Colours Bold  

Used correctly, some mediums can help maintain the stability and vibrancy of your colours over time. Applying too much water or too much medium to acrylic paint, however, can cause overthinning, which dilutes the acrylic binder and can leave an insufficient remainder of binder for the pigment. To ensure you have the boldest colour finish, use your mediums in the way they were intended, for a specific purpose, to achieve the best possible result. 

3. Have fun with textured mediums

Whether you are trying to capture the essence of a rocky shore or simply want to add another layer of interest to your artwork, there are an array of possibilities available when you use texture-adding mediums. Galeria Glass Beads Texture Gel, for instance, is composed of small spherical glass beads suspended in gel and can create a jewel-like effect. Galeria Iridescent Medium lends work a sparkle-like sheen, meanwhile. Choose your desired effect and have fun as you experiment

 The effects of Galeria Iridescent Medium

View our entire range of acrylic mediums to find the right one for your practice.


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