Thursday, 14 May 2015
Working from left to right, the large tub is Gerstaecker light modelling paste, creamy and very elastic, so doesn't crack. It has a pleasant matt finish. It is quite subtle, so sometimes I use the Reeves rough texture gel (at the back behind the Liquitex mediums).
Second from the right is a tin of Golden varnish, which I use at the end of a piece to finish it off and seal everything up against dust and damage. This is an acrylic resin-based varnish with UV protection, which provides a thin yet tough coating.
Sitting on top of that tin is quite an old bottle of Liquitex iridescent medium. I only tend to use that on the goddesses for my talismans. Mixed in with the paint, it adds a little subtle sparkle.
Third from the left, at the back, is the Reeves texture gel, which is a lovely, sandy texture. I prefer to use Golden modeling paste, which is nice and firm and is made from marble dust. I am out of it at the moment and must order some more in soon.
At the front of the Reeves texture gel is some Liquitex Matt medium (the one with the green label), I like the flow of this and it is good for adding to paints to thin them for washes or glazes.
It would appear odd that I also have the Daler Rowney Matt medium as well, but this is much thicker and more like a thin gel. It serves a different purpose and I tend to use it to glaze a layer, before trying out something I am unsure of, which makes it very easy to wipe off, especially when I use the Golden Open paints that I favour.
Sitting on top of that is a crackle glaze. I had a go at this for the first time this January and I love the effect, I must use it more often!
Finally, on the far right is a bottle of Golden Open Medium, this is light and watery and perfect for watering down the Golden Opens while keeping them workable.
There are other mediums I would like to try, some with fibres in, some with little balls, some with pumice or even crystal flakes - I want to try them all over time!