Beginners Mixed Media- All About Gel Medium Part 1

Hi Everyone,

I’ve started a new set of video tutorials for Beginners Mixed Media. In the next several weeks I will cover several mediums such as Gesso, Gel, Modelling paste, Texture Paste, and many more. You can also watch a video about the most common tools for mixed media

The first video is all about Gesso and you can check my blog HERE for printable information I covered on the “All about Gesso” video the same as I’ve done below here for the Gel Medium. Feel free to print, bookmark and share both posts. Keep them in a handy place as a helpful reference.

Below is a quick reference guide about gel medium for you to print. However for an in depth understanding watch the video below.

What is Medium?

Medium is any type of supply that can be used in Art. A group of those supplies are called Media and when combined together they create the art form commonly known as Mixed Media.

What is Gel Medium?

Gel Medium is an art supply that acts mainly as a glue but has many other uses and properties. It varies in viscosity and lustre and is made by many different brands. Each brand tends to name gel medium in a different manner, so it gets very confusing for beginners. Some brands call it medium, some call it fluid medium, matte medium or gel medium. The difference in the name has to do with the viscosity, lustre and transparency. However most of them have the same properties and uses.

Brands of Gel Medium

There are several brands of Gel medium that vary in lustre, transparency and viscosity. Some of the brands are: Finnabair by Prima Marketing, Golden, Liquitex, Blicks, DecoArt, Faber Castell, The Crafters Workshop and 13 Arts. There are so many more brands and most of them are great. You just have to try and experiment to find the ones you like. My favurite ones are Finnabair by Prima Marketing as they are the ones I’ve used the most.

Viscosity Of Gel Medium

Gel Medium comes in different viscosities. It varies between Fluid medium all the way to Heavy gel with Soft and Regular gel right in between.

Lustre of Gel Medium

Gel Medium differs in lustre from Matte to Glossy. Matte being the least shinny one of all to glossy being the most lustrous of all.  Some companies also make a semi-gloss gel, super-matte gel and satin finishes. Most product companies mark their lustre right on the jar. However, if they are not marked, then generally the gel is glossy in lustre.

Tips and Techniques

There are several tips and techniques when using and applying gel medium. Some of the most common techniques are shown below in my video such as using gel as a glue, for coating, protecting, mixing, coloring and texturizing a substrate or an art project. Most techniques are learned by experimentation and learning how gel medium interacts with other art mediums.

How to Use Gel Medium?

Gel Medium can be applied in many different ways depending on the project. Viscosity and lustre determine what each gel can be used for and what tool to use for each one.

Tools you need for gel medium

There are several essential tools you might need for gel medium. These are general tools for mixed media as well and can be seen in this video as well.. The most common tools are: brushes, palette knives, stencils, heat tool, craft mat, texturizing brushes, and silicone brushes.

Watch video below and Scroll down for links of all the products shown on the video:

 

Below are links to all the products I used. I only use products that I love. Some are affiliate links. When you press on these links I get compensated by the company that sells them at no extra cost to you. You don’t need to purchase the products if you don’t want to, but if you do, then pressing on the links will support me and help me create more FREE videos.. You can read my disclaimer on the About Me section of my blog.

 

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Soft…
[ SBC ]
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Soft…
[ SBC ]
Golden Regular Matte Gel Medium-8 ounce
[ AMZUS ]
Liquitex Professional Matte Fluid…
[ AMZUS ]
Mod Podge Matte – 8oz
[ BLT ]
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics -…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
The Crafters Workshop – Gel Medium -…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
The Crafters Workshop – Gel Medium -…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Faber-Castell – Mix and Match…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, 946 ml…
[ AMZUS ]
Golden – Pumice Gel – Coarse – 8 oz.
[ BLT ]
Golden Artist Colors – Soft Gel Gloss…
[ AMZUS ]
Golden Regular Gloss Gel Medium-8 ounce
[ AMZUS ]
Golden – Regular Gel – Semi-Gloss – 8…
[ BLT ]
Golden – High Solid Gel – Gloss – 8 oz.
[ BLT ]
Golden – Extra Heavy Gel – Gloss – Pint
[ BLT ]
Golden Pumice Gel – [3195-5] Fine
[ JGG ]
Deco Art Media Medium Matte, 4 oz
[ AMZUS ]
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
[ JGG | SBC ]
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics -…
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Ranger Inkssentials Empty Spray Bottle
[ JGG ]
Ken Oliver – The Best Ever Craft Mat
[ SBC | AMZUS ]
Ken Oliver – Best Ever Craft Mat…
[ SBC ]
Stampendous – Dreamweaver Palette Knife
[ SBC | BMS ]
Dylusions Creative Journal – SMALL
[ JGG | SBC ]

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!have a wonderful day!

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  • Reply beth byrd October 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I am a beginning mixed media artist. This is very helpful! Thank you!

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