Some mediums can perform dual functions, acting not only as a base or binder but also as an adhesive for collage projects, mixed media, and more. In the world of art, it means that artists can now create innovative pieces using multiple materials without the need for standalone glue.
In this guide, we'll explore some mediums that you can use as glue to make your art projects even more dynamic and unique. All the products we'll discuss below can be found in our online store.
Products That can be Used as Glue
Here are a few products that can be used as both mediums and adhesives in various art projects.
This versatile medium has a glossy finish and can be used both as a standalone acrylic medium and as an adhesive in artwork. It acts as an excellent binder for collage elements, such as paper or fabric, onto various surfaces.
When used as a varnish, it provides a protective layer on the artwork and imparts a glossy sheen, greatly enhancing the visual appeal. The consistency is smooth and easy to work with, making it an ideal choice for artists looking to combine practicality and aesthetics.
The 216 Exterior Varnish is another product that can serve a dual purpose. It can be used as an adhesive for outdoor art projects, such as murals or installations, where weather resistance is a crucial factor. This varnish, when applied as an adhesive, provides a strong bond while also offering protection from the elements, ensuring that the artwork remains pristine for an extended time.
The product's unique formulation enables it to be used with various materials, making it a versatile addition to any artist's toolkit.
The 205 Matte Varnish offers a non-glossy, smooth finish that not only protects artwork but also works efficiently as an adhesive for collage or mixed-media projects. This matte varnish can be used to stick various elements – paper, fabric, or even light metal objects – to the artwork while ensuring a sleek, professional appearance.
The product's seamless integration with other materials makes it a popular choice for artists seeking a reliable adhesive that doesn't compromise on visual quality.
The 204 Matte Medium is a versatile product designed to serve numerous purposes in artistic endeavors. As an adhesive, it provides reliable bonding for collage materials, ensuring that the elements stay secure and intact for the life of the piece.
The matte finish allows for a more subtle appearance and can be mixed with other mediums and acrylic paints to create a precise consistency or effect desired by the artist. Not only does it easily facilitate the creation of mixed-media and collage art, but it also stands up to the test of time, maintaining its durability and appearance.
Things to consider when using the mediums as glues
The innovative use of artistic mediums as adhesives opens up new possibilities for creative projects. However, some factors should be accounted for to achieve the desired outcome.
Here are key considerations to bear in mind:
1. Dry Time
The drying time can vary significantly between different mediums, especially those with a thicker consistency or higher viscosity. Thicker applications will naturally take more time to dry completely. This implies that the user will need to adjust their project timeline accordingly, allowing sufficient time for each layer to dry before proceeding to the next step.
This is critical because rushing the drying process can lead to cracks, uneven surfaces, or, in the case of collages, possible movement or lifting of attached elements.
The opacity of the medium once dried is another important factor. Some mediums, particularly those with thicker consistencies, may dry to an opaque or milky white color. This can impact the appearance of collages or mixed-media pieces where the underlying elements are meant to be visible.
Therefore, it is crucial to choose your medium with care, testing with a similar application thickness before use if the transparency of the dry medium is critical to your project.
Make sure to consider the finish that the medium provides once it's dried. Some mediums come with a mattifying agent that gives your project a subdued, classic look while others impart a glossy finish that can intensify the colors and add a vibrant appeal to your artwork.
The choice between matte or gloss depends on the aesthetics that you are aiming to achieve for your specific project.
4. Water Content
The water content in your medium can have unexpected effects. Mediums with high viscosity often contain more water, which can warp delicate and less absorbent materials like thin paper, particularly those found in magazines or newspapers. If undiluted, this could severely distort your collage or artwork.
To avoid this, it may be better to apply the medium in a thin layer or to opt for a lighter medium, which may contain less water.
5. Oily Surfaces
While mediums can adhere well to a broad range of surfaces, including wood, plastics, paper, canvas, and fabrics, they may struggle in sticking to oily or greasy surfaces. That's because the water contained in the mediums can be repelled by these surfaces, preventing a firm adhesion.
As such, before diving into your project, it is advisable to thoroughly clean and remove any oily residue from the surface you plan to stick things on.
Choosing the right adhesive for your project can greatly impact the final result. An artistic medium can serve as an excellent alternative in certain scenarios or may even turn out to be the ideal adhesive for the job.
However, it's crucial to consider factors such as dry time, opacity, finish, water content, and the surface's nature to ensure your artwork comes out just as you imagined. Armed with this knowledge, you're ready to explore the exciting world of creative possibilities that mediums used as glue hold!