Monday, November 15, 2010

My favorite painting product

acrylic glazing liquid Last year I took an online class, Color Beyond the Basics taught by Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen. I learned a lot about mixing paints, and I use the reference sheets I created every time I get out my paints.

One of the products I was introduced to was Acrylic Glazing Liquid. This stuff is wonderful. It does all the things Golden says it does in their product information sheet, but here’s how I use it.

1. Mix with acrylic paints to give more open time. Acrylic paints dry very quickly, glazing liquid mixed with the paint gives about 30 minutes of time to work.

2. Increases the transparency of paints. Mixed 1:1, you get the open time, mixed 10:1, your paints become transparent. Sure you can use water, but many paints separate with added water. The AGL gives great “brushability”.

3. Paint that has dried on your palette can be revitalized with a squirt of AGL.

4. Paintbrushes that have mistakenly been left to dry can be restored with an application of AGL. I had a $20 brush I thought was a goner, and AGL restored it.

5. Mistakes on your project can be erased with AGL.

It comes in both gloss and satin finish. I use the gloss because the satin finish has an ingredient that makes it somewhat opaque. The gloss is totally clear when dry.

Love it!


  1. I'm beginning to build a shopping list for my next art store trip. AGL will be something I will look at, along with some molding paste. Have you used molding paste? I haven't, if you have any comments about it I'd listen.

  2. Thanks for your comment on my blog this morning. I am enjoying the quilting on the big quilt, I don't mind the tired shoulders I figure it is good for my muscles to be worked.