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Old October 23rd 03, 12:03 PM
Anne Higham
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Anyone know if there's a cheaper alternative or substitute for Acrylic Gel
Medium? Here in the UK it's a bit pricey!
Thanks
Anne H.

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Old October 23rd 03, 09:15 PM
paula
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"do you mean a medium that helps paint to flow, i.e. when doing
decorative paint strokes? i bought a 2oz bottle from my local craft
shop and i think it only cost me 1.99.shop around and i am sure you
will find some as there are lots of brands about.
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Old October 23rd 03, 11:51 PM
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paula wrote in message .. .
"do you mean a medium that helps paint to flow, i.e. when doing
decorative paint strokes?


Not sure but I don't think that's it.
What I'm looking for is a substance that takes pigments or acrylic colours, and
leaves definite marks and peaks on the surface. It's milky when wet, but is
transparent when dry. Liquitex make several types of Gel Mediums - these dry
transparent with a matt or shiney finish.

Other Liquitex Gel Mediums have material suspended in the Gel i.e. fibres, glass
beads,sand etc. Always keen to save a penny or two, I was interested to see if
anyone had found a substitute for the basic Gel.... either matt or shiney
finish.

Anne H.


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Old October 25th 03, 02:13 PM
Anne Higham
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In article , says...

I'll probably use quite a lot so I don't want to splash out on the commercial
Gels if there's a cheaper substitute!
Anne H.


From: Babs Boone

the wisdom of using cheap substitutes would be
my question if this is work you have any pride
in, and especially if you plan to sell it. My
personal belief is that penny pinching constitutes
a serious constraint on one's creative drive.
My admonition to beginning art students is to
buy quality rather than quantity. ie; One or two
expensive watercolor brushes will do more for
your efforts than a can full of cheap substitutes.


Babs ~ many thanks for the suggestions about possible substitutes... that's
really useful.

I agree, in principle, with your recommendation about buying and using quality
products (rather than quantity).

However, this raises an interesting dilemma as it pre-supposes that there's a
choice involved. There have been times in my life when *any* commercial product
was financially out of my reach. It was not a case of "penny pinching" ~ it was
a case of choosing between craft items or household bills. It was then that I
satisfied my creative side by using products and materials already in my
home..... and it was fun!

I'm now in the happy position of being able to occasionally buy, when necessary,
some of the commercial products/materials. Thus my question asking about
possible substitutes for Acrylic Gel Medium - if there's a cheaper acceptable
alternative I'll use it. If not, I'll buy the recognised commercial product.
Old habits die hard!!

Anne H.



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Old October 25th 03, 05:09 PM
Liz
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On 10/25/2003 09:13 AM, Anne Higham wrote:
In article , says...


I'll probably use quite a lot so I don't want to splash out on the commercial
Gels if there's a cheaper substitute!
Anne H.


From: Babs Boone

the wisdom of using cheap substitutes would be
my question if this is work you have any pride
in, and especially if you plan to sell it. My
personal belief is that penny pinching constitutes
a serious constraint on one's creative drive.
My admonition to beginning art students is to
buy quality rather than quantity. ie; One or two
expensive watercolor brushes will do more for
your efforts than a can full of cheap substitutes.


Babs ~ many thanks for the suggestions about possible substitutes... that's
really useful.

I agree, in principle, with your recommendation about buying and using quality
products (rather than quantity).

However, this raises an interesting dilemma as it pre-supposes that there's a
choice involved. There have been times in my life when *any* commercial product
was financially out of my reach. It was not a case of "penny pinching" ~ it was
a case of choosing between craft items or household bills. It was then that I
satisfied my creative side by using products and materials already in my
home..... and it was fun!

I'm now in the happy position of being able to occasionally buy, when necessary,
some of the commercial products/materials. Thus my question asking about
possible substitutes for Acrylic Gel Medium - if there's a cheaper acceptable
alternative I'll use it. If not, I'll buy the recognised commercial product.
Old habits die hard!!

Anne H.




Anne, have you tried Elmer's glue or Mod Podge? Elmer's might need to
be diluted a bit. They both dry clear. Just a thought.

Liz

 




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