The gel medium in your studio is very much like the distilled white vinegar in the kitchen: so many uses for one product. It comes in many different forms; but for most all-around uses, I choose Golden regular gel medium in a matte finish. This is a must-have for every artist’s studio.
I was first introduced to gel medium in college. When mixed with acrylic paint, gel medium created a heavy-body consistency that was perfect for adding texture to the piece. You could apply it with a putty knife, and get a fairly realistic effect of an oil painting. Because of the high cost involved with using oil paints, this was quite the cost -effective alternative for a college student! I still use gel medium for this purpose today and as an adhesive for collage work. Here are just some of the other uses for this product: paint color extender, sealer, used in image transfers and creating glazes. Whichever application you use it for, you’ll be glad you have a jar of gel medium at the ready!