Saturday, May 23, 2009

Golden Acrylic Paint

Golden Gel Mediums and Pastes offer the artist a wide variety of ways to create depth and texture for any of your art projects. Gels are like colorless acrylics since they are composed of similar polymers. According to the Golden Acrylic Paints website "they are made of 100% acrylic polymers, which have proven to have excellent flexibility and chemical, water and ultraviolet radiation resistance." Pastes, on the other hand, “contain Marble Dust or Diatomaceous Earth, clays or other fillers resulting in a white or clay-tone finish.” The Golden Gel special formula makes the Golden Gel Mediums and Molding Pastes a perfectly safe product to use in any of my scrapbooking or art projects.

For this Golden Gel Mediums review I received six 2 fl. oz plastic jars of Light Molding Paste, Crackle Paste, Glass Bead Gel, Heavy Gel (Gloss), Soft Gel (Gloss), and Clear Tar Gel.

The Golden Acrylic Paint website is a wealth of information along with Chris Cozen’s book, “Altered Surfaces” and her most recent book “Transfers and Altered Images” which ScrapFriends just recently reviewed.

Recently I have been working on canvases to hang in our sitting room and with these new Golden Gel Mediums to work with, this was a great opportunity to start on another canvas. I began by applying white gesso to my entire canvas. Once that was dry, I applied a layer of Heavy Gel (Gloss) to the right side of my canvas. I used a toothbrush to add texture into the gel to resemble wood. The Heavy Gel (Gloss) and Soft Gel (Gloss) mediums do not take a long time to dry so after a few hours I layered the crackle paste around the right side edge of the canvas. For this area I applied it rather thick to achieve the large cracks using almost the entire 2 fl. oz jar.


It takes a little time for the Crackle Paste to dry and this is something that cannot be rushed. I found it best to apply the paste in the late evening so that my canvas would be dry and ready to go the next day. You should also keep in mind that the Crackle Paste will dry an opaque white and will cover up any images or color you have underneath.

One of my favorite techniques is to stamp into heavy gels or molding pastes. I applied the Light Molding Paste to the left side of the canvas then used foam stamps to add texture and design.


Once all of the gels and pastes were completely dry I then began applying acrylic paint to the canvas. All of the texture and designs began to come alive once color was added. When I was pleased with the look I had achieved, I layered scrapbook paper onto the surface of my canvas using Soft Gel (Gloss). The final step was adding my photograph and embellishments.

Title: Just Me and My Brother
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Canvas (Coloron)
Patterned Cardstock (Paper Loft and Daisy D's)
Light Molding Paste, Heavy Gel (Gloss), Soft Gel (Gloss), & Crackle Paste (Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums)
Iridescent Medium (Windsor & Newton)
Gesso (Golden Acrylic)
Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth)
Die Cut (My Minds Eye)
Border Punch (Fiskers)
Foam Stamp (Making Memories)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

It stands to reason that Golden Gel Mediums would work fantastically on canvas, but what about a scrapbook page? I was ready to find out.

Clear Tar Gel provides a glossy finish but also is very pliable when dry. With this thought I added a bit of color to some Clear Tar Gel and painted my flowers which were originally bright red with white polka dots.

While my flowers were drying I decided to try out some of the Glass Bead Gel. This gel is literally filled with tiny glass beads that will give anything it is applied to a marvelous shine as light reflects off of each individual bead. This product provides a unique texture to whatever it is applied to. If you are going to add color to the Glass Bead Gel you need to be aware that if the color is opaque then your beads will be also. Knowing this, I decided to add a bit of Iridescent Medium to the Glass Bead Gel and applied it to the banner in the patterned paper. I also added the Glass Bead Gel to the leaves and the center flower to give them a bit of texture and shine.

Once all of my pieces were dry I then assembled my layout. I love the look and texture that was brought to this page by using the Golden Gel Mediums.

Title: In the Palm of my Hand
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Daisy D's)
Glass Bead Gel and Clear Tar Gel (Golden Acrylic)
Iridescent Medium (Windsor and Newton)
Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth)
Letters (Prima)
Flowers (Paper Studio)
Brad (Karen Foster)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Golden has been making artist quality products since the 1930’s and that says a lot about a company! Through the years artists have made suggestions for products and Golden has listened to them. This is one of the reasons that their product list is so extensive. You will find these three premises listed on their website: 1) Make the best products, 2) Provide the customer with the best service, and 3) Find those people who can make the first two happen.

If you are ready to take your scrapbooking and/or art to a new level, then I suggest that you start with Golden Gel Mediums! You won’t be sorry.

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