Gloss Medium

Add fluidity, with a gloss finish



Give your paint a gloss finish, while thinning and extending its volume. Or use as a collaging adhesive and fixative.

4oz/118ml | 8oz/237ml | 16oz/473ml | 32oz/946ml | 128oz/3.78L

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
  • Increases surface gloss, color depth and transparency
  • Lowers viscosity of heavier body paints, giving increased flow
  • Extends your color further without affecting acrylic stability
  • Maintains paint adhesion, durability and archival quality
  • Use as a non-removable varnish to protect paintings and establish a gloss surface sheen
  • Ideal to use as a glue when collaging with lightweight materials
  • Transfers printed images
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • Mix with Matte Medium to create a custom satin fluid medium
  • 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 viscosity 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 bubbles rise and disappear
  • This is semi-opaque when wet, transparent when dry
  • To fix pastel, graphite or chalk, mix 1 part medium to 1 part distilled water and apply with an atomizer or airbrush
  • Apply with a brush/sponge as a lightweight collaging glue
How not to use it
  • 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

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Gloss Medium FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • Do you make a satin fluid medium?
    We don't but you can mix our Gloss and Matte Fluid Mediums together to create one.
  • I loved Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish – why did you change it? Is it a new formulation?
    No it is the same formulation - we have simply changed the name to Liquitex Professional Gloss Medium. The reason we changed it is because we now have a full range of professional varnishes which will give you a better result than using Gloss Medium to do both. Gloss Medium is an excellent fluid medium and we advise you to use one of our specialized varnishes with it.
  • Have you discontinued Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish?
    No we haven't discontinued it, or changed the formulation - we have simply changed the name. It is now Liquitex Professional Gloss Medium. We advise you to use one of our specialized professional varnishes with it to finish your work.
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