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February 13, 2018 at 11:37 am #133976Debra “Kate” PowellParticipant
I wanted to mitigate the possibility of smudging when sending my postcards,
so I coated them with a thin coat of Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium.
I used my fingers to apply (do so at your own risk after reading the MSDS).
It darkens the colors just a bit — barely noticeable.
Don’t rub too much or you may rub your watercolor, though I have not yet.
A thin coat covers and dries within a couple of hours or less.
I do not know the long-lasting effects of the cold wax on the watercolors,
though I know it is archival for oil paint mediums.
Just remember that after you use this, you can’t use your fountain pens
over the top of the wax — so write on the front before you apply!
I’ve heard others say they use a similar product in their sketchbooks,
but I’ve not tried this — I am afraid of the pages sticking together.
Anyone else use cold wax mediums in sketchbooks?February 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm #133985
I’ve never used Gamblin’s wax medium. I used a product from Judi-kins called Microglaze which contains paraffinic oils and waxes and is, I believe, essentially cold wax. I’ve also used a paint mixed with wax rub from Viva, called Inka Gold. It does contain beeswax and looks, feels and smells like wax. It’s very translucent, just adding a metallic shine with a hint of color. I’ve never had a problem with pages sticking or anything, including watercolor, lift from the page.
If you google watercolor and cold wax, or art journaling and cold wax, you can find several videos and articles, so it is a fairly common technique. I like this video where cold wax products are used to prevent sticky pages.
February 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm #133987Darina ValáškováParticipant
- This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by Sandra Strait.
Thank you Sandra. Verry useful information.February 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm #133991Debra “Kate” PowellParticipant
Thanks Sandra… I thot I was being so clever!February 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm #133993
Well, you were being clever, Kate! Just because someone else already had the idea, doesn’t mean you aren’t every bit as inventive if you come up with the same idea.February 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm #133994
Thank you, Darina!February 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm #133995Susan CussParticipant
Angela Fehr mounts some of her watercolours on wood and uses a wax finish.
I have also used matte medium on a gel plate for coating some of my watercolours. Because I spread it on the gel plate first and just press the w/c into the plate, there’s no removing of the paint as there would be by brushing it on.
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