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Grafix Wet Media Film is Glossy

November 24, 2012

While I’m waiting for the oil paint to dry on the sheets of Grafix Wet Media film that I’m testing as a paint surface, I thought I should mention how shiny the film sheets are.

The paint itself doesn’t seem to be affected too much by this glossiness; although, if you look at this close-up below of the dried gouache magenta paint you can pick up some curious color reflections within it that do not appear when the paint is moved away from the window reflection. It has a sort of inner glow to it that is interesting and worth pointing out.

Also, notice in the image above on the right how there appears to be a slight matte border around the black paint at the bottom caused by the thinned gouache medium as it sits on the glossy surface of the film.

You can dull the glossiness a bit by applying a very diluted layer of paint to the surface, as demonstrated by that border around the black paint. I noticed while painting with oils that turpentine by itself causes the glossiness to dull down a notch or two; although, turpentine exposed on the film might eventually discolor. Gum arabic by itself didn’t change the glossiness at all, but did seem to make a decent adhesive for gluing the film to paper. I tried spraying some Soluvar Matte Varnish on the film (shown in the image above,) which did dull down the shine, but left some odd streaks on the surface, possibly caused by the solvent in the varnish. I might experiment with different matte varnishes later. These reflections can be distracting, especially with ink drawings.

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