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Mediums Vs. Additives

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  1. Thank- you for this well detailed explanation of all the different products. They were easy to understand and made sense.

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  2. For the life of me, I am unable to print the article about mediums vs. additives. It keeps bringing me back to your website. This is not a problem I typically have.

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    • Hi Trudy, Just under the title of the article on the right, there is a button to push to print the article. This should put it in a format for easy printing. If you are still having trouble, please feel free to email us at help@goldenpaints.com. Thank you for your interest!

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  3. Can you tell me why I can’t get GAC 800 in Great Britain and which product would give me
    the same results please.
    I use your paints all the time and I’m very pleased with them. I do paint pouring if thats
    any help to you.
    Kind regards
    Jan

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  4. I have many many powders for painting on China and porcelain but they are old and not labelled so I can’t use them in the kiln. I wondered if I could mix them with a medium and use as acrylic paint? Which medium would I need for that?

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    • Hi Janet, It really depends upon what type of powder you would like to add. If it is pure pigment, it may be ok to add in very small amounts to an acrylic medium of your choice, but if a powdered ceramic glaze, we would not recommend adding to acrylic paint. We do not know how it will behave or react, as we have not tested this application. We also do not recommend our paints be used on anything that would be used for food or drink or that should hold water. Here is an article about Painting on ceramics with Acrylics you may find helpful: https://justpaint.org/painting-on-ceramics-with-acrylics/ and here is one about making Acrylic Paints with Pigments and Mediums: https://justpaint.org/just-make-paint/

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  5. Thank you for the very clear explanation. I was previously intimidated by Golden’s variety of mediums but thanks to this article, I feel armed and am excited to experiment with them. Also, if I understand correctly, “wetting agents” are basically flow improvers?

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  6. I used the Golden’s extra heavy gloss gel for texture on a gessoed MDF support. I expected it to dry clear. After waiting 3 days it still has a cloudy/yellowish tone. What did I do wrong?

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  7. You are such a good resource regarding medium technology. So I need some help. I have a gallon of Golden Gloss medium and have run out of matte medium. Is the any way to add something to make some of my gloss into matte?

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    • Hi Jerry, thank you for the nice words! The only medium that could potentially lower the sheen of the Gloss Medium would be the Super Matte Medium. It would not likely not make it matte though, you would get a sheen between depending upon how much is added, somewhere between semi-gloss and satin. It will also change the consistency of the Gloss Medium and make it less syrupy. Testing first would be key to try to get a sheen and consistency you desire.

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      • You are the queen of technology and I thank you for your response. Since mediums are the absence of pigment, could a small amount of zinc white provide the “matteness” I want, or would it alter the mediums’ ability to seal a layer of my painting?

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        • Hi Jerry, Adding white would only tint the medium white. It would not make the medium less glossy, especially since the Zinc White is a rather glossy color. If you would like to use the Gloss Medium as is, you could always apply a matte varnish at the end to make your painting have a matte appearance. The Gloss Medium (or any acrylic medium) does not really seal anything, but it can make it less absorbent. We have an article about this topic here: https://justpaint.org/how-do-i-seal-it/ We hope this helps!

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