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a little art, a little craft ...

Hi there, creative type!

It's not small, it's not's MEDIUM.  I love working with
all different kinds of mediums...they make painting so much
more interesting. I'm a huge fan of Liquitex® mediums...there
is an amazing variety to choose from.


Here are just a few reasons why you would blend acrylic medium with acrylic paint:
  • Extend the paint - ounce for ounce, medium is cheaper
    than paint. You can use less paint and save money. 
  • Increase open time - paint blended with medium won't
    dry out as fast while it's sitting on your palette.
  • Add texture to the color - mediums can retain brush strokes, so you can take paint from flat to fabulous.
Let's dive in, shall we?
For each of these samples, I blended a teaspoon of medium with
a small pea-sized drop of paint and brushed the mixture on to 4"x6" watercolor postcards. I purposely mixed the medium heavily, to show you how much area you can still cover with color using just a tiny bit of paint.

You can blend medium into paint as lightly or as heavily as you want, with little or no color loss. That's another thing I love about
the Liquitex line of acrylic colors...they are heavily pigmented.
A little drop of color goes a long way!

The paint alone is nice and flat, no gloss or texture. You can create a little texture with your brush using soft-body paint alone, or lots of texture with heavy-body paint. But personally, I'd rather add texture with medium because it's cheaper than paint for laying it on thick.

Below the plain paint block is the gloss gel blend, where you can see the brush strokes and the shine. Gloss gel medium is really thick and it also works great as a collage glue and sealer.


On the left side of the iridescent block is the medium blended with the paint. I dabbed texture into it with the tip of my brush. On the right side is more medium brushed on top, after the first layer dried. Iridescent medium is fluid and very sparkly; you can blend it with paint to add just a little shimmer or paint it alone on top of your surface for lots of shimmer.
pouring medium
Pouring medium is cool plasticky stuff! It's very fluid and dries into a clear, flexible, high-gloss coating. When blended with paint, it's even glossier than gloss gel. You can drip streaks or little pearls that dry clear. You can even pour a puddle of it on a non-stick surface (plain or tinted with paint), then peel it off when dry to make your own "epoxy" type embellishments.


These four samples are all texture gels -  thick gel mediums with different additives mixed in. On the top two blocks, the left sides are the mediums blended with paint, and the right sides show an extra coat of plain medium on top of the first layer after it dried.

I actually prefer painting these mediums very heavily on smaller areas of my work. On larger surface areas like these samples, you can see how the additives drag little paths that take the paint away
if you try to brush the mixture too thinly on to your surface. These texture gels are gorgeous all by themselves on top of whatever you're creating. The medium dries clear and traps the additives in place for lots of interesting nubbiness!

ATC Gallery
forest ATC
I cut some of my sample postcards to ATC size (2.5"x3.5"). For my "Forest" ATC, I was able to play with alcohol inks on top of the plain gloss gel medium which sealed up the watercolor paper.

For the "Snow" ATC, I adhered some frayed lightweight Lutradur® to the corner of the card with the opaque white flakes, then dabbed the Lutradur with iridescent medium to create a little snowdrift.
snow ATC

leaf ATC
What I probably love most about using mediums is that the texture does all the work - I can create interesting art with very simple elements. My "Leaf" ATC is just the iridescent medium card with a collage of inked Lutradur, a veined leaf, and
a metal jewelry finding.

These three ATCs are available for trade - email me if you'd like to swap with me!

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Hope you enjoyed that!
Now go and create a little something, would ya?  :-)