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Artist acrylic gels

If you are a crafter or have worked with acrylic paint, then your art supply kit probably includes gels and pouring mediums. There are many products that can be used in combination with acrylics that will change the properties of the paints to achieve various techniques. Acrylic gels are just one example and there is a whole host to choose from depending on your desired result - light gels, gloss gels, matt gels, structure gels, bed texture gels etc.

A gel medium is basically an acrylic binder without any pigment and it dries clear.

​​There are 3 basic types of gel mediums - soft, regular and heavy and there are 3 types of finishes - matt, semi-gloss and gloss.
Gloss gels are 100% translucent and will make the colours of your painting pop and the surface will gleam. Matte gels have a degree of opacity which can slightly dull the colours.

What are acrylics gels used for?

1. Changing the paint’s consistency to make it thicker
2. Changing the sheen of acrylic paint - making it either matt or gloss
3. Increasing acrylic paint’s transparency
4. An adhesive especially for paper collage, decoupage or for photo or image transfers
5. Adding texture to create impasto effects when working with a palette knife.
6. Surface gloss treatment to seal a painting or to create a gritty surface over acrylic paint so you can draw with a pencil on top.

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