An acrylic medium can be extremely useful if you would like to change the properties of your acrylic paint in one way or another. You can even change multiple aspects of its properties with the simple addition of one medium. This means that you can control drying time, thickness, and even texture. Simply add and mix into your acrylic paint and then get to work. With the addition of a medium, you are maximising the effectiveness of your acrylic.
Whilst acrylics are really versatile, they can benefit from being tweaked with a medium. You can increase your working time by changing the drying speed, and you can can even add lustre to the finish as though your acrylic is an oil paint. The medium in each case will improve the look and the feel of the acrylic in a specific way that will suit the painting task at hand.
What is Acrylic Gloss Medium Used For?
If you want to add a glossy sheen to your acrylic paint, then you you can add the acrylic gloss medium to achieve this. This will give the paint that extra gloss, while it also will make the colour flow more, meaning that it will be easier to carry out some glazing techniques. You can also use gloss as an isolation coat (some preparation such as mixing with water may be required) which will seal your first layer of acrylic paint before you move onto overpainting or varnishing.
Acrylic Matte Medium
The acrycli matte mediums can be used to extend paint and increase translucency while decrease the glos / sheen. Some can also be used as a translucent ground.
Acrylic Binder Medium
Binders are used in order to toughen the paint. However, it can also be used as a sealer to prepare the surface for you to paint on. A versatile medium, some binders can also be used by adding straight to paint to add more gloss and to make the paint dry more quickly.
Unlocking formula is another very useful product for any artist of any level. Unlocking formula allows a painter to re-open a paint layer even after it has become touch dry. Simply spray the formula onto the drying paint layer, and then you will be able to continue on your work with the paint effectively re-wetted.
You also have other options for extending your work time, and this includes by using a retarder. Retarder's are able to slow down the drying time of your paint. Mix the retarder into your acrylic paint and it extend the drying time without effecting the intensity or the characteristics of your paint in other respects.
Glazing mediums allow you to get that high-gloss, smooth finish with reduced brush marks. Pouring mediums are also extremely useful for creating a glossy finish. Mixing ink pouring medium's with your acrylic ink will give the ink a pourable consistency. The ink will dry with a smooth and even finish, and you can be sure that the glossy finish will not crack. You will be able to get pouring mediums which can be used on canvas, wood, and other primed surfaces.
If you are airbrushing, then you will need to get your hands on some airbrush medium. This blends easily with your acrylics, creating a paint mixture with the correct viscosity for airbrushing. This medium will not only tweak the viscosity, but it also decreases clogging and tip build-up during airbrush spraying. This eliminates what would otherwise be the largest issue with airbrushing with acrylics.