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 colourless 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, offering excellent flexibility and resistance to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light.
Self-Leveling Clear Gel : Produces a transparent film with high gloss and clarity. The gel has a unique resinous and stringy consistency that results from this leveling property. Dries to a flexible, high gloss film with increased transparency and sheen. It imparts a leveling quality to other Golden Acrylic products, eliminating brush strokes. Blend Self-Leveling Clear Gel with Golden Acrylic colours to produce glazes.
The thinnest of the gels. Designed to produce an even film with excellent clarity.
Clear Tar Gel : Designed to produce a stringy, tar-like feel in a colorless gel. The gel is excellent for dripping over surfaces. The more it's mixed, the stringier it becomes. Letting the mixture sit before use allows foam bubbles to rise. Click here for an instructional video.
Soft Gel : Thinner than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colours, these gels are moderately pourable, hold only slight peaks, and are ideal for glazing and other techniques that require transparency. Soft Gels can also be used to create a non-removable isolation coat over any painting. To do so, gels must be thinned with water at a two-to-one ratio and applied prior to any coats of varnish. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Regular Gel : These gels have the same thickness and creamy consistency as Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colours. They extend paint and regulate translucency without affecting consistency, hold moderate peaks and textures, and are ideal for glazing. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Heavy Gel : Thicker in consistency than Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colours, these gels hold peaks and dry translucent. Blend them with colours to increase body. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Extra Heavy Gel : These gels have the same characteristics as the Heavy Gel above, but they can hold better peaks and are ideal for impasto techniques. Along with the High Solid Gels, they are the thickest of the Golden Gels. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Semi-Gloss.
Extra Heavy Gel / Molding Paste : A blend of heavy gel and molding paste, dries to a satin, semi-opaque finish. Blends well with colours. Excellent for increasing viscosity and building surfaces.
High Solid Gel : The thickest of the gels. Holds high peaks, useful for simulating oil paint behavior. Contains less water and more acrylic solids, so it shrinks less than other gels.
Clear Granular Gel : Made from clear acrylic granular solids, this gel is designed to add texture without altering colour. Click here for an instructional video.
Pumice Gels : Used for making textures or grounds for pastels, these gels dry to a hard film. Blend Pumice Gels with Golden Acrylic colours, or mix in other Golden Gels or Mediums to increase flexibility. Available in Fine, Coarse, or Extra Coarse. Click here for an instructional video.
Glass Bead Gel : Golden Glass Bead Gel is a clear gel with densely packed glass beads. Use it to add texture and luminous effects to acrylic paint.
Crackle Paste : Achieve amazing textures and patterns with Golden Crackle Paste. It is a thick, opaque cracking material, designed to develop deep fissure-like cracks as it cures. It can be tinted with acrylic paints before application or can be painted over once dry. Click here and here for an instructional video.
Molding Paste : Dries to a hard and durable, yet flexible, semi-gloss opaque film. Its consistency is similar to that of Golden Gels, but is slightly more rigid because of its higher density. Golden's Molding Paste holds stiff peaks to create highly textured surfaces. Click here for an instructional video.
Light Molding Paste : Dramatically reduces the weight traditional molding paste would add, while increasing flexibility. Holds peaks and dries to an opaque, matte finish, making it a wonderful additive to acrylic paint. Makes an excellent ground for watercolor-like techniques.
Coarse Molding Paste : For building surfaces or as a ground for drawing media. Crystalline appearance.
Hard Molding Paste : Provides the hardest, opaque, matte finish. Useful for creating tough, durable finishes for smooth or textured surfaces. Can be carved with hand or powered tools when dry.