Oil Painting Mediums each have their own purpose and the artists chooses which they will use based on their particular need. The mediums will thin or thicken oil colour, make it dry faster or slower, glossier or more matte. All mediums contain oil or resin that fulfills the basic oil painting rule of ‘fat over lean’, meaning that if you paint in layers you should add more oil or medium to each successive layer to insure a good structure that will dry properly and will not crack.
At Jackson’s Art Supplies we understand that artists are looking for the best materials at the best prices. To answer this need we have created ranges of our own brand art materials. The Jackson’s brand means good quality and excellent value. Our range of painting mediums for use with oil colours is no exception.
Artist Hannah Ivory Baker has painted using all the different Jackson’s Oil Painting Mediums in order to help describe them and how they perform so other artists will know what they can expect from the products. Read all the reviews.
This review is of the Jackson’s Gloss Gel Medium, which is available in two sizes of tin.
Hannah Ivory Baker reviews
Jackson’s Gloss Gel medium
Anyone that has read my review of Jackson’s Wet-In-Wet Fast Dry Medium or who follows me on Twitter, will be well aware of my lack of patience when it comes to drying time. As a result I have always steered clear of glazing, opting for faster methods that enable me to complete a painting in one sitting. Naturally, I felt slightly concerned about reviewing a medium that states ‘ideal for glazing’ on its label.
This, however, is not like your typical glaze medium. It’s based on a synthetic resin that accelerates the drying of oil colours. Upon reading this, my ‘concern’ quickly disappeared and I forged on with thinking up different ways in which to test out the medium.
I felt the following were my main considerations in using the Gloss Gel medium:
• Speed of drying
• Finish – whether oiling out would be necessary
• Depth of colour / clarity of glazes.
• Smooth finish with no visible brush marks – this was important as, I had decided that I wanted to create a painting that had an almost photographic quality to it. So in this case I didn’t want obvious brush marks.
I did a roughly sketched out still life using Jackson’s Fast Dry Medium so that I would be able to apply the first layer using the Gloss Gel medium quickly after. I wanted to keep the composition very simple.
When working on the second layer I decided that I wasn’t happy with the composition and that I wanted the entire background to be much darker. I felt it would be a good way of testing the strength, depth and contrasts of colour that could be achieved with the Gloss Gel medium.
I decided to remove the tin at the back as the perspective on this was not right and although it gave the composition some height I felt it looked better without it.
I continued on with the layers, using Raw Umber and Payne’s Grey to gradually increase the strength and depth of the background colour, but was careful not to make the area where the light falls on the two objects and the area of reflections too dark as I wanted them to stand out as much as possible against the dark background.
My findings were as follows:
• Very quick drying – I could feel the paint become tacky as I was nearing the end of applying each layer.
• Retains a good amount of gloss but doesn’t increase the gloss in the way that a glaze medium would. So, if you’re not a fan of a very glossy finish this is the medium for you.
• Can achieve great depth and clarity of colour.
• No visible brush marks.
• Easy to make corrections and remove paint along the way.
• I don’t feel that oiling out will be necessary, as the finished painting doesn’t appear to have any dull areas.
• Use of this in a well-ventilated space is advisable.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed using this product. It felt like I was working somewhere between alla prima and glazing, painting a little slower than one and faster than the other. It is worth mentioning that I haven’t observed it over any considerable length of time but I do feel extremely confident in the quality of this medium and I will certainly continue to use it and experiment with it.
Hannah Ivory Baker has work in a group exhibition on at the moment:
‘Summer Farrago’ at
Highgate Contemporary Art
27th June – 6th September 2014
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