Atelier Acrylic Painting Mediums
Adding Even More Creative Freedom with Atelier Mediums
Are used with acrylic paint to manipulate the consistency and properties of paint for an infinite variety of applications and techniques. Atelier mediums are available in 250ml bottles.
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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 Slow Medium should used with Interactive. Retarder should, in our experience, only be used as a 10% addition to your water spray in extremely dry conditions.
Ateliers new Universal Medium is a medium and varnish rolled into one. It is so versatile that is almost replaces every medium that we have on offer. If you’re looking to try a medium to see how it enhances your painting possibilities then Universal Medium is our recommendation.
How To Use As a Medium
There are too many mediums on offer for use with acrylics. This medium does nearly all of the techniques that you could need if you are painting in fast quick layers. However, if you want heavy impasto you will still need to use Heavy Gel or Moulding Paste.
- Decant some of the concentrate into a small container that you can dip your brush into.
- You will like the feel of the paint when the medium is added to it and you will notice that it allows you to blend and feather edges very effectively because the medium is not sticky on the brush.
- Small additions to thick paint will loosen the consistency while more medium creates a very attractive glazing or layering mixture which can be over painted when touch dry.
How To Use As A Varnish
Solvent based varnish has a strong smell because of the turps, but usually looks better than a water based one and is easy to apply.
The new Atelier Interactive Universal Medium/Varnish when used as a water based varnish is comparable to solvent varnish. It is very easy to apply. It gives the color saturation and enhancement of a good solvent based varnish. By adding water to the concentrate different levels of sheen can be created between low sheen and high gloss.
Artists should experiment with color swatches to decide on the finishes that they prefer.