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May. 12th, 2004

Hello! I'm in search of a heavy gloss to use on a painting (acrylics and oils on canvas). I'm looking for something that I can best describe as like clear nail polish, but very thick, that will (eventually, after a few coats) make a thick, smooth gloss.

Any suggestions for brands and/or specific items?



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May. 12th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
Acrylic gel medium?
May. 12th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
I can give that a try...never used it before...thanks!
May. 12th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
No problem. I'm not too familiar with the stuff myself, so maybe someone else will have some more insight for you.
May. 12th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
I use Acrylic Gloss Polymer to add a sheen to my paintings :)
May. 12th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
Does this just add a shine to it, or could it actually get thick with layering it? I'm having a hard time describing what I'm thinking of, lol...
May. 12th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
I really don't know, i've always been pretty satisfied with the results that i've never tried layering.

What I would do in this situation is hit up the closest art store and ask them the same question :)
May. 12th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
What about pouring um...resin on top of your painting? Is that the type of affect your trying to achieve?
May. 13th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
If you are looking for something like a painting under glass effect and want a real thickness to your work I agree that resin is probably what you are looking for.
May. 12th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
I use Mod Podge (you can find it at any craft store), brush on a thin layer with a soft brush, sand it with superfine sand paper (400 grain), and repeat layers til it's the proper thickness. I use this to decoupage pictures on wood and it works nicely if you are willing to put in the time and effort to sand :)
May. 13th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
just a word of warning...
oils over acrylics that have fully dried = not a problem

acrylics, or anything else water-based over oils = definite instability.

typically if you use acrylic over oil the acrylic dries quickly while the oils take forever to dry, in the process the the oil forces its way through the dried acrylic - you may see cracking, crazing, sliding or even flaking. then again, that may end up looking cool.

May. 13th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: just a word of warning...
So far, so good! It's dried, and it's the effect I was looking for. =D I'm very pleased. Though I do think I'll look into the resin, I'm curious about that.

Thanks, all!
May. 15th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
it is very important to let your oil painting dry for at least 6 months before varnishing it... yes... 6 months... that's how long it takes for it to dry completely.... I actually learned this from going to a seminar from windsor & newton... my oil paintings are usually pretty shiney aleady because I mix linseed oil with fast drying medium(glaze)
May. 16th, 2004 03:04 am (UTC)
This might be a little late, but I absolutely <3 gloss medium for acrylics. The brand I use is Liquitex. It works as a varnish and makes things incredibly shiney.

You can also mix it into acrylics and it makes them more transparent, which makes for fun painting effects. Someday, I'll take pictures of my paintings..
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