Morning folks- thanks for tuning in again to another brave, daring episode of Kings Minis- brought to you in spooky technicolor. Last episode we left our hero hanging from a cliff pondering mediums... well, actually not, but lets pretend we did. On with the show...
Now I have said that I find Vallejo matte medium to be the best for the crazy medium heavy blending techniques I use. Well, thats all dandy, but it only comes in tiny little dropper bottles. Handy, but expensive in the amounts I use. I love the stuff. If it was edible I would probably snack on it.
Well heres the good news. Talc.
I caught an offhand comment by Jen Haley the other day on youtube (http://www.paintrix-miniatures.com/) that festered in my mind last night. Matte medium is just gloss medium with talc in it. Well, if thats the case, perhaps Liquitex simply does not have enough talc in it. Bingo.
Tried a quick test today using various mediums and mixes of industrial talc (non perfumed) that I had handy from resin casting. Its true. Adding talc kills shine on medium.
(*Thats me trying to capture the volume of the exclaimation issuing from my lips in the biggest font blogger will let me. Kinda not quite got there IMHO).
It works. It works well. Cheap, truely matte medium in bulk volume.
Ta Ms. Haley. You little brush goddess, you.
So I made up a master mix of 1:8 talc to liquitex and thinned with distilled water with liquitex flow aid (1:10 as per instructions). I am going to test this out once I have some painty time.