While I was there, I picked myself up a little treat: a variety pack of Golden mediums and pastes for acrylics, for about 25 bucks plus tax.
|Happy UnBirthday to Me!|
I've been wanting to try some different mediums for a while, but didn't know where to start, so I figured this would be a good investment. The package contains a half-dozen 2 oz. jars of the following (according to the package):
- Soft Gel (Gloss)
- Regular Gel (Semi-Gloss)
- Extra Heavy Gel (Matte)
- Light Molding Paste
- Coarse Pumice Gel
- Clear Tar Gel
When I was trying them out, I couldn't really see the different between the gloss and the semi-gloss, but I was pleased with how far the color stretched when you added the gel. The paint spread more fluidly and had better coverage.
The matte gel seemed to add some transparency to the paint I was using. That could be just because I was effing around with what's left of my academic colors (I've been slowly trying to convert over to professional grade).
|Extra heavy gel for matte finish|
|You can see the finish in the corners where the paint has started drying|
The pastes and gels were what I was really excited about trying. I've tried in the past to achieve that almost-three-dimensional brushstroke look with a palette knife never really accomplished much beyond wasting a lot of paint.
The molding paste added some body to the paint and created a lot of texture. When I tried the tar gel, it was almost like working with icing. I liked how the colors less likely to blend together when I used the molding paste.
|Light molding paste|
|Dabbing the brush to achieve a 3-d look|
|Clear Tar Gel|
|Tar gel leaves a heavier brushstroke|
The pumice gel could have some interesting applications, as it adds a grit to the paint, leaving behind a rough surface.
|Coarse Pumice Gel|