Golden Gel Mediums offer artists many ways to build texture. They range in consistency from pourable to moldable with varying degrees of sheen and transparency. They can be used to create glazes, extend paints and change finishes. Some gels incorporate pumice, glass or acrylic granules that impart unique reflective, rough or absorbent surface qualities.
Gels can be thought of as colorless paint, as they are composed of 100% acrylic polymers similar to acrylic paint. They can also act as adhesives in collage and mixed media that dry to form continuous films with excellent flexibility with chemical, water and UV resistance.
Sampler Set - Included in this introductory set is one 2 oz. jar each of Soft Gel (Gloss), Regular Gel (Semi-Gloss), Extra-Heavy Gel (Matte), Light Molding Paste, Coarse Pumice Gel and Clear Tar Gel.
Clear Granular Gel - Used to create textured surfaces. Dries to a hard film. To increase its flexibility, mix in other Golden Gels or mediums. Blends with Golden Acrylic colors.
Clear Tar Gel - Designed to yield a pully, tar-like feel, but in a colorless gel. This gel has an extremely resinous and stringy consistency, which makes it feel very different than other acrylics. Useful for generating fine detailed lines by "dripping" it over surfaces, as it continuously flows from palette knives or other tools. Blends with all Golden Acrylic colors (though Fluids work best) to offer a full range of colors with which to work.
Coarse Pumice Gel - Used to create textured surfaces. Dries to a hard film. To increase its flexibility, mix in other Golden Gels or mediums. Blends with Golden Acrylic colors.
Extra Heavy Gel - Thicker consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors. The thickest of Golden gels, along with the High Solid Gels. Blend with colors to increase body. Excellent for holding peaks and impasto techniques. Dries translucent. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Extra Heavy Gel/Molding Paste - A blend of Extra Heavy Gel Gloss and Molding Paste. Dries to a satin, semi-opaque finish. Excellent for increasing viscosity and building surfaces.
Glass Bead Gel - A coarse textured medium with a Heavy Body viscosity that holds peaks. Made with genuine glass beads, its unique visual effect, like that of condensation on cold glass, is best seen in thin films that allow the mono-layer of glass beads to be illuminated on a light colored ground. Glass Bead Gel can appear very similar to Coarse Pumice Gel or Clear Granular Gel when mixed with enough paint to hide the appearance of the glass beads.
Heavy Gel - Thicker consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors. Blend with colors to increase body. Good for holding peaks. Dries translucent. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
High Solid Gel - Thicker consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors, while being similar to Extra-Heavy Gels. Offers higher gloss, lower shrinkage and dries to the touch quicker than most Gels. High Solid Gels are good for holding peaks. Blends with colors to make them feel more oil-like and increases retention of brushstrokes.
Regular Gel - Same creamy consistency as Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors. Ideal for extending paint and regulating translucency without changing the consistency of the Heavy Body and Matte colors. Hold moderate peaks and texture. The Regular Gel Gloss is ideal for glazing and other techniques where transparency is desired. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Self-Leveling Clear Gel - Golden Self Leveling Clear Gel is designed to produce an even film with excellent clarity. The gel has a unique resinous, stringy consistency resulting from the leveling property. This product dries to a flexible, high gloss film, which can increase the transparency and sheen, while imparting a leveling quality to other Golden Acrylic products. Blends with Golden Acrylic colors to produce glazes. The thinnest of the gels.
Soft Gel - Thinner than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors, Soft Gels are moderately pourable. Hold only slight peaks. The recommended acrylic to function as a glue for collaging. Soft Gel Gloss is ideal for glazing and other techniques where transparency is desired. Soft Gel Gloss is useful as a non-removable isolation coat, applied over an acrylic painting prior to varnishing. Must be thinned with water, 2 parts Soft Gel Gloss to 1 part water. Do not use Soft Gel Semi-Gloss or Matte for this purpose. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.