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Atelier Mediums

Atelier mediums re used with acrylic paint to manipulate the consistency and properties of paint for an infinite variety of applications and techniques.

Like mediums also change the properties of paint, however they are different than mediums in that they do not contain a binding agent. This means that only a certain amount of additive can be mixed with acrylic paint before it becomes unstable. See product label for mixing ratios.

Gloss Medium - A general purpose mid viscosity medium that adds translucency and increases gloss. Ideal for glazing and extending colours. Promotes flow and levelling. Can be mixed with the paint as a medium or used to seal a paint layer before overpainting.

Glazing Liquid (Gloss) - A low viscosity medium perfect for creating translucent glazes. Slightly extends open time and is waterproof when dry. Mix with paint for added translucency with a rich oil-like gloss sheen. Promotes flow and levelling.

Regular Gel (Gloss) - An acrylic gel with a smooth buttery consistency. Use as a paint extender to adjust gloss and transparency without altering consistency. Mix with paint to increase body or apply directly on top of paint layer for a transparent textural effect. Holds moderate peaks and texture for impasto effects. Ideal for glazing. Milky colour becomes transparent when dry.

Atelier Slow Medium - Is the most useful medium for extending drying time. Very useful when painting large works because it gives an artist time to work without the paint drying too fast. It also allows thinly applied paint to remain workable. Even paint which feels dry to the touch can be reactivated with water for reblending techniques. Especially recommended for anyone who has trouble getting used to using the water spray.

Atelier Clear Painting Medium - Can be used to prevent runs in diluted paint applied vertically on an easel. It is used with the paint to dilute the viscosity and blend colours. This medium allows paint to spread over a surface for more blendable gradations of colour and fast glazing techniques.

Atelier Fast Medium/Fixer - Used to fix layers of paint fast especially when wanting to achieve multiple layers of glazing. Also useful when you want to reinforce a tender layer in preparation for scratch back and scraping techniques. Returns Interactive to a more conventional acrylic.

Atelier Unlocking Formula - Allows artists to reopen a paint layer even after being touch-dry. Once the paint is reopened, new paint can be blended back in, existing paint edges can be feathered or whole sections can be removed with a rag. Can also be used to further extend wet blending time.

Atelier Retarder - Atelier Slow Medium should used with Interactive. Retarder should, in our experience, only be used as a 10 percent addition to your water spray in extremely dry conditions.

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