Mod Podge vs Gel Medium | Mixed Media GUIDE for Artists
Mariah Rushing2023-03-28T20:04:48-05:00Before jumping in and writing about the video, it seems like a good idea to explain some of the nonsense goings on…so Mariah will always say before getting started, “Mom, don’t talk about your allergies. You do it in every video and no one wants to hear about that, AGAIN! OK?”. I thought it was perfectly fine to reassure those caring individuals watching that I wasn’t in danger of croaking right there on camera (although there may have been some out there, after watching the early videos, that were cheering for at least laryngitis) and perhaps those watching were new viewers. So my challenge in this video was to work it in quickly, at just the right moment when something really relevant (that way M wouldn’t delete it:):) was happening…heh-heh! Yep, it happened! Success, mission accomplished and it turned out to be a chuckle-worthy occurrence. All future videos will have the “allergy” disclaimer embedded within, somewhere—just in case—for the new viewers. 😉 (wink)
Now, to the contents of [name of the video 👆] (<— this is because “P” couldn’t remember since I only changed it about 20 times)!
It all started with questions about what all those other journal junkies were talking about. Things like “gel mediums” and how to use gesso for different effects, and some brands that we had never used. M came up with this chart—I helped her with the categories for testing 😊 — printed it out and here it is for all to see and use to answer those pesky questions about what works when it works (or doesn’t!) and what to use with which media. What started out as a simple investigation, turned into a rather illuminating experience and we learned as much about what TO DO as we did about what not to do. Hopefully sharing this will save each of you time and money as you get out there and make something!
Click the link below for a free downloadable chart to create your own comparison of your most used mixed media medium/media combinations. This is the same chart used in the video for the Mod Podge vs Gel Medium comparison. In the video, we used Prismacolor colored pencils, Brusho watercolor ink crystals, Pelikan opaque watercolors, and the printed CMYK/RGB. The printed images were to test printables and swatch with each media for adhesive properties and sealing abilities of the Mod Podge, Gel Mediums, Gesso, and a couple of white Acrylic paints. The Gessos, Gel Mediums, and Acrylic Paints we used were US Art Supply, Dina Wakely’s Clear Gesso, Golden, Apple Barrel, and Stuart Semple’s Saint White. Along with the Mod Podge in both Glossy and Matte. To top all that we even created additional tests with Stuart Semple’s Black 2.0, Posca black, two types of Alchohol ink markers in black, black Sharpie, and a stroke of Coliro metallic watercolor in gold.
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