Iridescent Medium

Pearlescent mica gives a reflective opalescence



Give your paint an iridescent finish, or use on its own to add surface highlights.

What it does
  • Gives a smooth iridescent appearance
  • Increases paint transparency
  • Extends your color without affecting acrylic stability
  • Slows drying time to help you create more subtle color blends
  • Lowers the viscosity of heavier body paints
  • Maintains paint adhesion, durability and archival quality
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • Can be thinned by diluting with up to 30% water - distilled water will give best results
  • Mix as much as you like into acrylic color to create the iridescence and viscosity you want
  • Stir gently to avoid creating foam - if bubbles appear, leave it to sit while the bubbles rise and disappear
How not to use it
  • Do not shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • May temporarily lighten colors until dry
  • Do not use with any non-acrylic media


Tips & Techniques

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Iridescent Medium FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • What should I use to create silvery moonlight reflections?
    Try our Iridescent Medium either straight from the tube or mixed with color. You can use it as a highlight effect as it has a silvery gold quality.
  • How can I mix my own iridescent colors?
    Liquitex Iridescent Medium will do just that - add it to any of our Professional or Basics paints or mediums and create a pearly, metallic finish.
  • Can I use Liquitex effects mediums to make acrylic skins?
    Yes, but some need to be used in combination with a more flowing vehicle (a color or medium). You can add Liquitex Glass Beads, Black Lava or White Flakes to create texture, or use something like Liquitex Iridescent Medium with a color or in combination with Flow Aid Additive or a Pouring Medium. The different Matte, Gloss and Iridescent Pouring Mediums give you a range of lustre effects options to experiment with. Have a play and see what you end up with.
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