Many artists like to add mediums to their paint to create different effects. A medium is simply an additive that is mixed with paint to create a certain effect (such as lustre or translucency) or to effect techniques such as scumbling, glazing or impasto. It can also help to shorten paint drying times.

Take a look at our large range of artists media and other painting aids here at Spotlight, formulated to create a range of different effects and textures. Just one small part of our huge range of artists supplies on offer. Also included in the range is glow-in-the-dark paint.

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  • Derivan Impasto

    Derivan Impasto

    This medium is most valuable for oil painting brush stroke and impasto techniques, particularly when heavy built-up areas of colour are required. Impasto Medium dries to a low subdued sheen which is similar to the sheen on a dried paint film of acrylic colour. It can be applied by knife or brush in ...

    Reg: $24.99

  • Jo Sonja Crackle Medium

    Jo Sonja Crackle Medium

    Create 'porcelain' crazed effects over completed paintings. When dry, emphasise cracks by rubbing over with a darker colour. Apply reasonably thickly with a spreading action rather than brushing. Do not overwork. May be sanded smooth when dry.

    Reg: $24.99

  • Jo Sonja Stroke & Blend Medium

    Jo Sonja Stroke & Blend Medium

    Jo Sonja's Stroke & Blend Medium is a medium formulated for ease in stroke blending and floated colour techniques. This medium will slow the drying time of paint to allow blending of paint wet-in-wet or wet-over-dry. To use for floating, dress Stroke & Blending Medium into your brush instead of wate...

    Reg: $22.99

  • Jo Sonja Decor Crackle

    Jo Sonja Decor Crackle

    Jo Sonja Decor Crackle is a sandwich crackle medium for application between layers of paint. The top colour separates to reveal base colour giving the appearance of aged paint.

    Reg: $24.99

  • Jo Sonja Medium Starter Kit

    Jo Sonja Medium Starter Kit

    Six of the most popular Decorative Art mediums to make painting easier and give you complete control of the process. From the base coat to the final varnish, there is a Jo Sonja Medium to suit your individual painting style.

    Reg: $25.00

  • Jo Sonja Retarder

    Jo Sonja Retarder

    Retarder Medium is an additive to extend the 'open' or drying time of Chroma's Jo Sonja Artists' Colours or Mediums. It may be used as both a painting medium and for various techniques such as antiquing.

    Reg: $22.99

  • Jo Sonja Kleister Medium

    Jo Sonja Kleister Medium

    This semi-transparent medium is added to paint to provide extra body for textural patterns for Faux Finishes such as Faux Bois or Wood Graining techniques. It provides transparency to the paint and extends its drying time.

    Reg: $15.00

  • Jo Sonja Glass & Tile Med Part B

    Jo Sonja Glass & Tile Med Part B

    Jo Sonja Glass and Tile Painting Medium is a decorative glass and ceramic painting system to use in conjunction with Jo Sonja's Artists Colours. System consists of Glass Primer and Glass & Tile Painting Medium and when used together does not require oven baking. Safe and easy to use.

    Reg: $24.99

  • Jo Sonja Gesso

    Jo Sonja Gesso

    The range of Jo Sonja's Mediums allow almost limitless technique applications with the one set of artists' quality paint colours. This primer for wood, canvas and metal provides a smooth fine-grit finish with maximum 'tooth'. Available in black and white.

    Reg: $13.99

  • Jo Sonja Glass & Tile Prim Part A

    Jo Sonja Glass & Tile Prim Part A

    Glass & Tile Primer prepares glass, glazed ceramics and enamel for painting, providing additional bonding for the paint. It is essential for use on painted items which are too large or otherwise unsuitable for heat setting in an oven and should be used in conjunction with Glass & Tile Medium.

    Reg: $15.00

  • Jo Sonja Textile Medium

    Jo Sonja Textile Medium

    A water based acrylic medium used to convert Jo Sonja's Artists' Colours into fabric paints, which become permanent when dried and heat set. This finish can be washed and dry cleaned and should be applied to natural, non-synthetic fibres. Textile Medium is only necessary if the fabric is to be laund...

    Reg: $22.99

  • Jo Sonja Flow Medium

    Jo Sonja Flow Medium

    Use Jo Sonja's Flow Medium to thin Jo Sonja's Artists' Colours and mediums. Water may dilute paint's acrylic binder, reducing the adhesive qualities. When Flow Medium is added in small amounts, it produces a thinner, smoother paint which leaves no brush marks. Paint mixed with Flow Medium will deliv...

    Reg: $22.99

  • Jo Sonja Clear Glaze Medium

    Jo Sonja Clear Glaze Medium

    Jo Sonja's Clear Glaze Medium may be mixed with any Jo Sonja colour to create clear glazes or wood stains. It may also be used undiluted as a light sealer on raw wood or throughout painting and prior to varnishing as a 'barrier coat'.

    Reg: $22.99

  • Derivan Gel Medium

    Derivan Gel Medium

    Gel Medium is a thick buttery acrylic gel which when mixed with derivan Acrylic colours will result in a rich high gloss textured glaze. Over artwork or prints it will dry completely transparent if applied in layers. Used on glass it will give a clear finish while distorting the view through the gla...

    Reg: $24.99

  • Derivan Gesso

    Derivan Gesso

    Gesso is a ready to use and quick drying water based painting ground. It forms a waterproof, non-yellowing flexible film. Suitable for a variety of surfaces including canvas, masonite, plywood and paperboards. Can be thinned with water.

    Reg: $24.99

  • Derivan Cracking Medium

    Derivan Cracking Medium

    Australian made, add versatility to the Derivan paint ranges, unlocking the door to many different and varied techniques

    Reg: $24.99

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Spotlight’s Guide to Acrylic Paint Mediums

When you are just starting out with acrylics, you might be blissfully unaware of mediums at this time. However, mediums can create some wonderful effects on your masterpieces, so getting familiar with them is essential for your personal development as an artist. To help you master the mystery of paint mediums, we have created a useful guide listing all acrylic mediums below.

What Is a Gloss Medium?

The gloss medium is often used by artists to enhance the luminosity of their acrylic paints. However, this type of medium does have additional functions. In addition to adding sheen and luminosity, it can also make your paint thinner and a little more transparent.

What Is a Matte Medium?

Acrylic paints usually have some glossiness to them; this means that creating a non-reflective artwork is a little harder when you use acrylics. Still, there are some ways to work around the natural glossiness of acrylics, since a matte medium reduces the natural gloss and gives you that non-reflective finish you are looking for.

What Is a Glazing Medium?

The glazing medium is used by artist who want their acrylic paints to become more transparent; this is often needed to put a finishing glaze on artwork. When you choose a glazing medium, you must be aware that different types of glazing mediums are available; this includes the satin and the gloss sheens.

There are also glazing mediums that contain oils. While these glazing mediums might be suitable for artists who paint with oil paints, they are not suitable for acrylic artwork, since the two simply don’t mix. Therefore, always double-check the glazing medium you obtain.

What Is a Gel Medium?

A gel medium is comparable to a white paste. It is designed to thicken acrylic paints, enabling artists to retain their brushstrokes for the implementation of impasto techniques. In addition to thickening acrylic paint, gel mediums also prove useful to enhance the adhesiveness of paint; this could be useful if you are creating some artwork that includes some collage work.

Like more types of mediums, the gel medium is available in various forms. The most common types your will find at your art supply store is gloss and matte, but gel mediums also come in different textures. It is important to familiarise yourself with those textures, since they could impact how your artwork comes out.

What Is Modelling Paste?

Modelling paste is quite comparable to most gel mediums, but it feels a lot thicker and harder. Its functionality is a little different too, since this type of paste is used to add a three-dimension effect to artwork. Once the paste dries, it can also be used for carving and even sanding.

What Is Texture Gel?

Artists who find it difficult to create the right texture with acrylic paint may find a good texture gel useful. A texture gel can mimic certain textures perfectly on the canvas; this includes effects such as sand, ceramic, and even glass.

Even though texture gel is not an essential for the budding artist, it can make artwork a lot more interesting when you become a little more proficient. So, once you want to take your artwork to the next level, a good texture gel should be on your shortlist.

What Is a Retarding Medium?

One of the most important mediums you will use as a painter who uses acrylics is a retarding medium, since this type of medium slows the drying process of acrylic paints. Since acrylics have a reputation of drying quickly, having a retarding medium to slow the entire process down certainly comes in handy!

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