There are many acrylic mediums available on today's market, all with specific purposes. I'm actually finding that many of them have applications I had never previously considered.
The most common mediums are designed to either speed up or slow down acrylic paint drying times; or are designed to support thin washes of colour (Glazing Mediums).
My preference is for the Atelier range of acrylic medium products.
Lets go into each of these products in a bit more detail.
| Atelier Fast|
|use when you want to "lock in" your paint,|
when blocking in “bones” of painting
|mix in with your pigment|| - apply more paint layers more quickly
- allows you to “lock in” your painting layer, stopping you from reactivating previously painted areas.
|Atelier Slow Medium||extends drying time, excellent for large gradations of colour; also good for plein air painting||mix in with your pigment||- spread paint around thinly & for extended periods.
- can be useful as a glazing medium.
|Atelier Unlocking Formula||to “re-activate” or re-open a layer of paint when it is touch dry||mix in with your pigment||- reactivate Atelier Interactive paints; for re-blending and re-working after paint is touch dry./td>|
|Atelier Binder Medium||fundamentally a glue - excellent for mixed media, decoupage & for sealing masonite or other boards||- mix in with your pigment|
- should not be used as a final sealer as it dries slightly milky & can leave unwanted brushmarks & affect the colours of your piece.
|- inert, good way of sealing in products which may discolour or stain over time - can be used as priming agent which adheres to finishing products like Gloss Acrylic Medium.|
|Atelier Glazing Liquid (gloss)||use to subtly alter the hue or colours of an area, or entire painting||- add a small amount of pigment to create a tint|
- also can add water to it for extra coverage, for extremely thin glazes.
|- useful tool, particularly towards the end of your painting when you need to make fine adjustments.|
|Atelier Clear Painting Medium||for glazing & adding depth and dimension between layers of paint||- add small amount of pigment to create a tint.|
- use on its own as a textural aid between paint layers, providing depth & dimension
|- quite viscous, thicker than the Glazing Medium
- use for glazing or adding depth between layers of paint.
|Atelier Gloss Medium||used for smoothing out dull or rough surfaces, lubricates paint||add to pigment or use on its own to create a smooth surface for glazing or painting over||- glossy smooth surface, glides & covers the “tooth” of the surface well.|
The experimenting you can do with acrylic painting mediums is only limited by your imagination. Conversely if you want to use one for a specific purpose as listed above, go ahead!
Mediums are relatively inexpensive, and are a great way to give you a little push if you need some inspiration; or if you are looking to take your painting in a slightly new direction.
Or, just for the fun of it!