Mediums

CMC Paste
This paste is made from cellulose, a substance occurring naturally in plant matter. It comes in powder form and easily mixes with water. Unlike wallpaper paste, it does not contain anti-fungicide and is completely non-toxic.
Can be used to thicken any water-based paints and non-reactive dyes. It can also be used as an adhesive; as a base for marbling; for papier-mache; as a binder and size in paper-making and to convert acrylics into screen-print colour.

To Use: Sprinkle 1 tsp of CMC powder into 300ml of cold water, stirring continuously for a minute, then leave it to stand. Then, thoroughly stir again to mix it all through. The paste should be about the thickness of pouring cream. Add more water if it is too thick.

Process: Lay a sheet of baking paper on your working surface.
Lay papers or fibres on top of one another, brushing paste onto the layers as you go. Tear your papers, lift and move around if need be until you have a pleasing composition. Make sure everything is completely saturated, mop up the surplus and leave to dry.
The cellulose paste provides a temporary adhesion which means that you can move things around, add things inside the layers, cut out, remove and generally be quite flexible. Once it is dry the surface can easily be stitched on.

50 g pack: $5.30 ($4.82)

 

Liquitex Glazing Medium
A fluid transparent medium with a matte sheen. Use for creating brilliant jewel like glazes with acrylic artist colours.
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237ml jar: $15.95 ($14.50)

 

Jacquard Alum
Used to pre-treat fabric or paper before marbling so designs transfer well.
Alum is also used with some natural dyes as a mordant.
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450 g pack: $25.95 ($23.50)

 

Urea
For use when applying dye solutions directly to fabric as in tie dying or hand painting. Urea slows the drying process, allowing more time for the dye to react with the fibre, thus yielding deeper shades. Dosage instructions are on the pack.
450 g pack: $9.60 ($8.28)

 

Manutex F
Alginate Thickener for use with Reactive Dyes on Cotton, Wool, Silk & Rayon. Use 40-60g per litre to make paste, depending on the viscosity required.
100g / jar
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100g g jar: $10.45 ($9.50)

 

Jacquard Sodium Alginate F
Sodium Alginate is a seaweed derivative that is used to thicken dyes for painting, stamping or screen printing.
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57 g (2 oz) pack: $19.95 ($18.14)

 

Dynazol Washoff
This is an outstanding product especially formulated for washing off unfixed dye on cotton, silk or wool. It eliminates dye spots and streaks in your dying,can be used as a wetting agent in the dybath to produce even more dyeings, and is also used, when dissolving dyes, to improve solubility.
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125 ml jar: $10.50 ($9.55)

 

Inkowash
Extra concentrated laundry detergent. Formulated to remove unexposed dye from fabric.
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price: $12.50 ($11.36)

 

Soda Ash Dye Fixer
To use with your procion dyes.
454 g (1 lb): $6.30 ($5.73)

 

Gesso
from Jo Sonja, Gesso is a primer used by artists to prepare canvas and other surfaces for paint. It is a very useful option for art journaling as well as painting and mixed media art. It makes the surface a little stiffer, prevents paint from soaking into, and gives more surface texture. Use it to cover fabric or paper and in your art books. Available in black or white.
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250ml jar: $10.70 ($9.73)

 

Polymer Gloss Varnish & Gloss Medium
From Matisse, this is a fabulous acrylic medium which can be used as a glossy varnish for you at work. It can be used as is, or watered down. Sets in a non yellowing, non sticky, strong film. Use it to transferphoto images to both paper and fabric surfaces. Protects acrylic surfaces and can also be used for decoupage applications. Very versatile.
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250ml jar: $13.20 ($12.00)

 

Acrylic Wax
A medium that combines the advantages of an acrylic medium with the appearance of a wax varnish. For use on any porous surface - paper, wood, plastic fabric etc. It dries quickly to the silky feel and finish of beeswax, but with the heat - and water resistance of a varnish. Water based, it can be coloured / tinted with other water based mediums, and works as an alternative colour enhancing binder for bronze powders, pearl lustre pigments etc.Can be buffed to a light gloss. Now in large 250ml containers for a very cost effective price.
250 ml: $15.50 ($14.09)

 

Gum Arabic
Gum Arabic is the binder for watercolour. It is also used as a medium to help keep diluted watercolours from sinking below absorbent surfaces. Gum Arabic gives a crisp appearance to watercolour edges. It increases transparency and gloss and controls spread when overpainting wet on wet. Any of our micas mixed with Gum Arabic can be applied to fabric, Lutradur,Tyvek, Evolon and, of course, paper! Gives a wonderful sparkly touch to porous surfaces.
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50 ml: $12.00 ($10.91)

 

Matisse Gel Medium
Mix with Magical Micas powders, Bronze Powders, Bedazzles, Gilding Flakes etc to give a lovely texture, but still able to stitch through. Can be coloured with paint, worked through stencils, heatgunned and rubbed with Gleam Gilding Wax. Gives a high gloss finish.
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250ml jar: $20.00 ($18.18)

 

Matisse Iridescent Medium
Mix with any paint for a fabulous iridescent finish. Use over Neo-Colour II watersoluble crayons. Looks great on a black background.
This product is based on pure iridescent pigment and contains no fillers or titanium dioxide. This makes the mixes very intense and rich in colour.
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250ml jar: $24.00 ($21.82)

 

Atelier Acrylic Gloss Medium and Varnish
Great for creating jewellery, sculpting, mixed media, machine embroidery. Gives a crisper finish Jo Sonja Textile medium.
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250ml: $14.00 ($12.73)

 

Jo Sonja's Textile Medium
An excellent fabric medium. Use for mixing with powders, and for sealing surfaces.
250ml: $13.95 ($12.68)

 

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