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Baroque01
09-10-2007, 01:36 PM
Hello Everybody,

I have been painting in both oils and acrylics for a few years now. I'm wondering if there is an acrylic equivalent to the oil painting mediums, specifically stand oil (and/or sun-thickened linseed oil). Ideally, this medium would have the same honey-like consistency and be self-levelling. I've used Golden retarder and acrylic glazing liquid (satin), which are both nice for extending the paint. I'm looking for something with a bit more body, but nothing that would leave obvious strokes. I noticed that Golden offers both gel and polymer mediums: what is the difference between the two? Are gels thicker? Any advice/input you can give would be appreciated.

dbclemons
09-10-2007, 09:39 PM
Although I've not used it myself, you might want take a look at Golden's Self Leveling Gel:
http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/selfgel.php

Gels are thicker than mediums.
http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/medsadds/gels/geldiff.php

idylbrush
09-11-2007, 05:08 AM
One of the manufacturers make a thick gel that is supposed to give more of an oil feel to the paints. I have tried it and have found it to be of some interest. It does have a full bodied feel but does not necessarily level out the brush strokes.

I, unfortunately, am about 1400 miles from the studio and can't get there to find the package but do know there are a few products out there that can be of some assistance. As stated above there is self leveling medium that may also have some merit and it does have a honey consistency.

Doubt that there is one product that will please all.

Baroque01
09-11-2007, 06:30 PM
Thanks for all your help. I will try Golden's self-levelling gel and see what happens.