NOTE* Mediums may be mixed in with paint colours prior to application or applied as a separate coat. The proportions will vary with desired effects for thickness, opacity, transparency, glossiness or matte finishes. The drying time for mediums depends on how thickly they are applied, the surfaces they are applied to and the environmental conditions they are drying in. Humidity will effect drying time and clarity of mediums.
Polymers: available in gloss and matte finishes.
Gloss Polymer Medium
Rheotech Gloss Polymer Medium is a pourable, fluid medium used for extending colour and increasing the flow of acrylic colours. It is the medium of choice for wet on wet blending and glazing. Mix with colours instead of water to increase transparency and maintain good adhesion, flexibility and film integrity. Gloss Polymer Medium makes an excellent adhesive for mixed media, collage work and craft applications. Rheotech Polymer Medium is water-resistant and non-yellowing and can also be used as a transparent ground or clear coat. It is white when wet and dries transparent.
Matte Polymer Medium. This pourable, fluid medium has a lightly toothy, matte finish when dry. It may be used to extend colours, act as a clear coat or translucent ground. It also makes an excellent drawing surface. Matte Polymer Medium also acts well as an adhesive and is the ideal transfer medium. It can be used to decrease the gloss of acrylic colours and mediums or to create matte glazes. Polymer Medium is water-resistant and non-yellowing. It will retain brush strokes and subtle textures. It is white when wet and dries clear with reduced clarity.
This quality retarder will slow down the drying time of acrylic paints and mediums. It is a water-based product, which can be mixed with colours and mediums up to 15% to allow for greater manipulation and colour blending. Using Retarder Medium is especially helpful while plein air painting.
Rheotech Gels: available in gloss and matte finishes.
Gel Medium is a thick, buttery acrylic medium ideal for extending colours as well as creating thick impasto strokes. Both the Gloss and Matte Gel Medium are milky-white in the jar and dry clear. The Matte Gel will dry with less clarity than the Gloss Gel. Both the Matte and Gloss Gel have the capability of holding very detailed textures and peaks. textures and glazes.They will mix beautifully with colours and can also be thinned with water for glazing or used as a clear, water fast seal for paintings and sculpture. Their superior adhesive quality also makes them the ideal medium for collage, mixed media and craft applications such as decoupage.
Modeling Paste - *NEW*
The ideal medium for creating textured surfaces. Modeling Paste is extremely white and hard in consistency once dry. It will achieve stiff peaks and crisp, rigid textures. Best applied with palette knife. It may be tinted prior to applying to a surface or once dry.
Gesso prepares surfaces for painting and other applications. Priming a surface with gesso is highly recommended for all surfaces. It prevents paint from being absorbed into the surface, therefore reducing the amount of paint consumed. Rheotech’s Acrylic Gesso is made with 100% acrylic and contains calcium carbonate for the best strength, adhesion, coverage and flexibility. It creates a slightly porous ground, suitable for both acrylic and oil paints. Rheotech Gesso dries to a matte, white, opaque finish with a slight tooth that can be sanded to provide a smoother surface. It has excellent adhesion to surfaces and will not lift, crack or chip from the surface. Rheotech Gesso is truly white for a highly reflective ground which will enhance colours. For creating custom reflective coloured grounds, Rheotech Gesso can be tinted with Rheotech Acrylic Colours.