Achieve a wide variety of effects with acrylic paint mediums. Use acrylic mediums to add texture to paint, including crackling, stucco, sand, and glass bead effects. Retarders can be added to acrylic paint to extend the drying time of the paint for increased workability and blending time.
Add an acrylic gel medium to thicken acrylic paint when creating heavy impastos. Gel medium is milky white in the jar, but dries completely transparent. Extenders, flow enhancers, and pouring mediums are great for creating acrylic pour artwork. They improve the fluidity of colors and create either a gloss or matte finish. Gesso can be applied as a ground to any surface to improve the adhesive qualities ofacrylic paint.