Matte
Medium

Add fluidity and
a matte finish

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

Sizes
4oz/118ml | 8oz/237ml | 16oz/473ml | 32oz/946ml | 128oz/3.78L
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What it does
  • Reduces surface gloss, increases 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
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • Mix with Gloss 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

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Matte 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.
  • What’s the best way to prime a canvas for painting?
    Size the canvas with one layer of Matte Medium, and then coat with one or two layers of Liquitex gesso - choose from traditional white, neutral gray or black gesso, Clear Gesso or Super Heavy Gesso.
  • How can I create a matte acrylic pour? Should I use Liquitex Matte Medium?
    You can use Liquitex Matte Medium to create a flow with acrylic colors, but be aware that it may give a crackled finish. It all depends what effect you want to create. If you want a classic poured look - with a smooth, crackle-free surface - but just matte, we recommend using Liquitex Pouring Medium with Soft Body and then applying one of our matte spray varnishes once dry. This will give you the even, crack-free look with a matte finish.
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