Winsor & Newton Watercolor Mediums and Fluids
Watercolor mediums help artists to alter and enhance the characteristics of their watercolour paints. By adding the appropriate medium, you can further expand your options by altering the working properties of that paint. Mediums provide watercolorists with almost limitless opportunities to apply many variations to their watercolor paintings without compromising quality.
Winsor & Newton Watercolor Medium, 75ml Bottle:
Winsor Newton Watercolor Medium has the same basic characteristics as Gum Arabic but it also increases the wetting properties of the paper. This will improve the flow the paint across the surface of the paper. Watercolor Medium is usually mixed into the watercolor wash but it can also be added to the jar of watercolor if the artist prefers to use it throughout the painting. This medium should not be used directly from the bottle onto the painting surface as thick application will cause the surface to become brittle.
How to use:
Water Color Medium is usually mixed into the water color but can be added to the jar of water if you prefer to use it throughout the painting. The medium should not be used directly from the bottle because thick films will be brittle. The particular medium is not recommended for use with acid sensitive colors such as Ultramarine.
Winsor & Newton Ox Gall Liquid, 75ml Bottle:
Winsor & Newton Ox Gall Liquid is a wetting agent used to improve flow when mixed with watercolor. It can also be used on very hard sized papers to reduce surface tension. Ox Gall Liquid mixes into pale watercolors to improve their flow and wetting.
How to use:
A few drops of Ox Gall are added to a jar of water and this is used to dilute the water color. If a paper is resisting a water color wash, leave it to dry before covering the paper with the diluted Ox Gall. Once this is dry the painting can be continued as normal.
Winsor & Newton Gum Arabic, 75ml:
Winsor & Newton Gum Arabic is a pale-colored solution that increases the gloss and transparency of watercolor paints. It can be thinned with water. Gum Arabic increases watercolor brilliancy, gloss, and transparency, giving greater depth to each color. It slows down the drying time of paint, and can also be used for controlling spread when painting wet-on-wet.
How to use:
Gum Arabic is usually mixed into the water color wash but can be added to the jar of water if you prefer to use it throughout the painting. Gum Arabic should not be used directly from the bottle because thick films will be brittle.
Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid, 75ml:
Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid is made of pigmented latex rubber. Apply to watercolor paper for masking. Forms an impervious film which can be easily removed by peeling or rubbing. Brush on and let dry to protect whites or details when applying broad washes. Remove as soon as possible after paint has thoroughly dried for best results.
How to use:
Masking Fluid protects areas of your work when color is applied in broad washes. Unlike Permanent Masking Medium which is inter-mixable with water colors, Art Masking Fluid works by direct application to the paper. It can be applied to white paper or previously colored areas.Follow these helpful tips to get the best results when masking.
- Shake bottle before use.
- Do not use on wet or damp paper.
- Use gelatine surface sized paper, this helps to prevent the fluid from adhering too strongly to the paper.
- Use old brushes or dip pens to avoid damaging valuable brushes.
- Wash brushes in soapy water immediately after use.
- Ensure fluid is dry before applying color.
- Do not leave fluid on paper for long periods of time.
- Use Colorless Art Masking Fluid if there is any risk of staining from the pigmented Art Masking Fluid.
- If spilt by accident, wash item immediately in soapy water. Once dry, the latex can only be removed by picking at it or rubbing with an eraser. There are unfortunately no solvents available.
Winsor & Newton Colorless Art Masking Fluid, 75ml:
Winsor & Newton Colorless Art Masking Fluid is made of colorless latex rubber and specifically designed to avoid staining on soft sized papers. Identical to Art Masking Fluid but contains no pigment. Absence of pigment eliminates the risk of staining paper. Apply to watercolor paper for masking. Forms an impervious film which can be easily removed by peeling or rubbing
How to use:
This is simply a colorless version of Art Masking Fluid. Art Masking Fluid has a slight yellow tint making it easier to see where it has been used. However, if a softer sized paper is used or there is any risk of yellow staining the paper, Colorless Art Masking Fluid should be used.