Gum Arabic Solution – Watercolour Medium

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Gum Arabic Solution is just one of the Watercolour Mediums to compliment A J Ludlow’s Professional Watercolour range. Made in the UK using the same fine quality materials we use to make our watercolours, this medium has been created to give an additional dimension and creativity to the artist.

A J Ludlow’s Gum Arabic solution is supplied at a high concentration and can be used neat or diluted with water.

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Addition of Gum Arabic solution will increase the transparency and brilliance of watercolours and when this is advantageous, can then be used to slow the evaporation of water, giving the watercolour slightly longer working times as well as allowing more precise control over washes because it prevents them from flowing or bleeding beyond the brush stroke (an example of this is shown in the painting below, where gum has been added to the watercolour in the right hand bottom corner).

Another use of Gum Arabic solution is as a binding and so will prevent the pigment becoming under bound when the colour is applied as a very thin transparent wash. As well as a binder, it can be used as a gloss medium for all gouache and watercolour, when painted over completely dried colour, however, it does impart a degree of brittleness in the dried film, which needs to be considered in the finished work.

A solution of gum Arabic can also be used as a mask to preserve the white of the watercolour paper (as shown in the photograph below).


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Weight 200 g


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