- to thin acrylic colours and boost their transparency and sheen
- to improve paint adhesion (when mixed with paint)
- as a non-removable varnish to protect painting surfaces - as a varnish it is clear drying and works well on flexible surfaces
- with Liquitex Matt Medium to make a semi - gloss medium
- as a fluid glue with collage techniques
- to create acrylic glazes
- to mix with any other Liquitex medium
- as a fixative over pastel, graphite, chalk etc. to increase shine . Mix 1 part Gloss Medium and Varnish with 1 part distilled water. Spray with an atomizer or airbrush.
- as a transparent ground for acrylic paint instead of gesso when you want the substrate to be seen
Tips for using:
If you are applying absorbent papers to collage work, it is a good idea to coat the papers first with gloss medium and let dry. Then re-apply a second coat to adhere the paper. If the medium is drying too quickly, keep environmental conditions cool and humid. Before applying a second layer using gloss medium ensure that the first layer is dry. This can take anywhere from 1-4 hours. A small heater with a fan can speed up drying time.
As a varnish:
Dilute up to 20% with water for ease of brushing and better leveling. Acrylic paintings must be dried for at least 48 hours before varnishing. Apply 1-3 thin coats rather than one thick one. Thick applications can also cause cloudiness.