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Basics Gloss
Heavy Gel

Add extra body,
brilliance and gloss



Mix with paint to make it much thicker, better for blending, and glossier - 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
  • Thickens fluid/medium body paints, giving an oil paint-like texture that holds brush and knife marks
  • Increases surface gloss, color depth and transparency
  • Slows drying time so you achieve better color blends
  • 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 Gel to create a custom satin finish
  • Can be thinned 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 more transparent your color will become
  • Apply with a brush as a collaging glue
How not to use
  • Do not vigorously over-brush as this can result in a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Do not use with any non-acrylic compatible media

Tips & Techniques

Useful guides for working with mediums

Gloss Heavy Gel FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • Is it true that your Basics Gloss Gels make the color look richer as well as thicker?
    Yes it is. The way the color mixes into the clear acrylic gel gives a more brilliant result.
  • What can I do with thickening mediums – I haven’t used them before.
    Gels and pastes allow you to take a single paint and get different results and effects, depending on what you mix with it. Start with our Basics Gloss and Matte Gels: they'll instantly thicken your paints, letting you play with texture, create peaks and dips and impasto techniques. You can also try moving into the Professional mediums range - take a look at the pastes, gels and Liquithick Additive. Pastes will take the color further and create almost clay-like forms and sculptural effects, while Liquithick has a unique spongy texture.
  • How do I decide between a gel or fluid medium?
    If working with a medium consistency paint like Basics, a gel will thicken it and a fluid medium will slightly thin and extend the volume - essentially giving you more paint. The gel will give you a heavier body paint.