Oh heavens! I just pulled out an old bottle of this Blending Gel and find it is a Plaid product and not a Decoart one.
No wonder I could find no mention of it on the Decoart sites. It is still listed in the Plaid Aussie distributors website, but nobody is stocking it. I've written to the distributor asking about stockists. During my revised sleuthing I also found they stock my all time favourite brush cleaner which is also a Plaid product and not Decoart. No wonder I couldn't find it anymore.
Their paints might not be artist's quality, but the above two products are brilliant for use with other acrylics.
Thanks for the reply Gayle.
Einion, I had not considered whether or not the gel dried without the addition of paint. Just pulled out an old bottle that had a smidgin still in it and no, it does not dry if used on its own. Now I think about it, the gel was always ready to use in a corner of my palette and never scummed over. What is the significance of this? I've used it with truly minute quantities of pigment to float shadows and it's dried just fine. This is intriguing.
It looks as if W & N might have solved the problem of acrylics drying darker, with their new base. We will have to get used to a whole new way of working and thinking.
Paznbaz, that Tautflex Thickener sounds interesting. D'ya mean signwriters still use paint????? I thought it was all computers these days.
I'll go and knock on some doors when I next go to town and see if I can track some down. Thanks.