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Basics Gloss
Fluid Medium

Improves flow, with
a gloss finish



Mix with paint to give it a gloss finish, while making it thinner and more transparent. Or use as a collaging adhesive.


All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified at Duke University by the ACMI.

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What it does
  • This is the best way to improve flow - thinning acrylic paint with water will give you less intense color and poorer all-round performance
  • Increases surface gloss, color depth and transparency
  • Thins heavier body paints, giving increased flow
  • Makes your color go further without affecting stability
  • Maintains paint adhesion, durability and archival quality
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products - Basics and Professional
  • Mix with Matte Fluid Medium to create a custom satin finish
  • Can be thined by diluting with up to 25% water - distilled water will give best results
  • Mix as much as you like into acrylic color to create the consistency and transparency you want - the more you add, the thinner and more transparent your color will become
  • Stir gently to avoid creating foam - if bubbles appear, leave it to sit while the bubble rise and disappear
  • Apply with a brush/sponge as a light collaging glue
How not to use
  • Do not shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Do not use with any non-acrylic media

Tips & Techniques

Useful guides for working with mediums

Gloss Fluid Medium FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • How much Basics Gloss and Matte Fluid Mediums should I add to my paint?
    Because our fluid mediums have the same base as our paints, (think of them as pigment-less paints), you can add as much as you like without weakening the formulation. Have a play - the more you add increases the fluidity and transparency and dilutes pigment intensity.
  • Will Basics fluid mediums make my color more transparent?
    Yes they will a little, as the medium has no color of its own, so your pigments will be slightly diluted. Start by adding a small amount and see how you go from there.
  • Will using Basics Gloss Medium and Gel make my Basics paints high shine?
    It won't have a wet-look finish but it will be glossier than the current satin finish Basics colors have. For a wet-look finish you may want to try our Professional Pouring Medium.