Acrylic Mediums and their Importance to an Artist

An acrylic medium comes in handy for both new and expert painters, and this is why it has always been an important element in an artist’s work. If you need to use acrylic paint, only acrylic mediums can enable you to control the pace at which the paint dries so that you can add in all the subtle details. Other than that, the medium plays a huge role in retaining color clarity and preventing a color shift. This ensures that the final work is maintained in its original state for the longest time possible.

 

Compared to oil, acrylics dry out well and at the same speed, hence when using them, you don’t have to worry about the drying rate or the film thickness. For such reasons, it’s easier to paint with acrylics and when combined with mediums, you can be sure to bring out the painting exactly as you want it. Essentially, when you add an acrylic medium, you can focus on the color changes and the effects you wish to pull off without being bothered about any rules. Acrylic mediums come in a variety of forms including primers, flow mediums, retarder mediums and fabric mediums.

 

Of all medium, the gloss medium is the most popular, and it is regularly used by artists who wish to dilute their color in order to improve on its flow and increase brightness and transparency all at once.  To reduce the intensity of gloss and make the work less shiny, you can combine gloss medium with a golden acrylic medium (matte medium). Gloss gel is also another acrylic medium that can be used on paintings, and it is especially ideal where the painter wishes to maintain a unique texture with a gloss finish.

 

Other than that, an artist can also apply glazing medium which enhances color fluidity without interfering with the brightness and intensity. This medium is the most essential, and when used on a painting surface, it makes the color flow better thus enabling layered glazing. No matter how it’s applied, it always makes the color brighter. Besides, when an artist is using fluid colors, the binder may get too dilute if mixed with water and this can easily ruin the canvas. Although other mediums can be used to sort out such a problem, glazing medium provides the best alternative since it maintains the strength of the pigment while still giving it the desired consistency. Plaza Art’s website offers quality acrylic mediums at http://www.plazaart.com/paint/acrylic-paint/acrylic-mediums/golden-acrylic-mediums.html.

 

Acrylic mediums may in some cases be more expensive than the paints used, and that’s why it’s essential to determine the effect you want to achieve before going for any medium. Once you are comfortable with integrating basic mediums, you can experiment with a wider variety. Testing will enable you to find out the effect of each medium on your artwork before you fully incorporate them in a final piece of painting. There are many top brands that carry mediums ideal for both novice and experienced painters, so it’s best to pick from this variety to make the most of the images produced.

 

Judith Watson

  2 Replies to “Acrylic Mediums and their Importance to an Artist”

  1. Matt
    November 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Great article, I really wanted to know the fundamental differences and how to apply different types of paint.

  2. Jaime T
    November 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Excellent post.Very helpful information
    🙂 Thank you and best of luck.

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