GESSOES, MEDIUMS
& VARNISHES

For every technique,
every surface

Professional acrylic gessoes, mediums, additives and varnishes - to prep your surfaces all the way through to protecting your finished work.

Each medium is uniquely formulated to deliver a different result. From gloss gels to experimental texture effects and finishes, each lets you adjust your paint to suit your practice.

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Gessoes

Prime your surfaces and add tooth, ready for paint application. Create the perfect absorbency, texture and archival ground.

Fluid
Mediums

Lower viscosity and extend volume while maintaining the strength of the acrylic formula.

Gels &
Pastes

Increase viscosity and extend volume while maintaining the strength of the acrylic formula.

Effects

Alter the behaviour of your color, add texture and prepare it for specific techniques while maintaining the strength of the acrylic formula.

Additives

Binder-free formulas to adjust paint character.

Varnishes

Seal and protect finished work from dirt, dust and UV damage.

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TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Useful guides for using gessoes, mediums and varnishes

Gessoes, Mediums & Varnishes FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • Which Liquitex medium should I use for the best pour?
    We would recommend starting with Liquitex Pouring Medium. You can also try Liquitex Flow Aid Additive, Gloss or Matte Medium and Ultra Matte Medium.
  • What is an additive?
    A good question. Additives are used to adjust the chemistry of acrylic paints, but they are very different to the rest of the mediums family. Most acrylic mediums contain high proportions of acrylic resins, but additives do not. With most acrylic mediums, you can add as much as you like to your color without weakening the stability of the acrylic film, while additives will dilute the strength of the acrylic film. This means that you need to be more careful about how much you mix into to your paint or it will have issues around drying, tackiness, separation and durability. Our four additives offer really useful individual benefits, so just make sure you follow the directions for use before starting to work with them.
  • What is a medium?
    Mediums are made with acrylic resin for adjusting how the paint works, feels and looks. They can be used to prepare your canvas, change the texture, adjust the flow, alter the working properties of the color or protect your painting. Because they include acrylic resin, mediums maintain or add to the stability of the paint film, and can be used in any amount desired.
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