Gel Retarder delays the drying time of Chroma’s Jo Sonja Artists’ Colours without reducing the viscosity of the paint. It can be used in various ways allowing an extended working or ‘open’ time for blending and antiquing plus a thicker application of color in painting techniques. Practice techniques using this medium before committing to a project.
Article posted on Facebook 29th January 2014 by Lynn:
The question: will Jo Sonja's Gel Retarder make the paint 'gloopy' enough for lino printing?
The answer: oh, yes!!
Today I spent an hour or so with Bernie Jones, a local mixed media artist who wanted to play with some printing. She asked the question and we found the answer.
Bernie mixed up a 1:1 of Gel Retarder and Jo Sonja's Artist Paint, which gave a consistency that was of the right gloopyness (I love that word!). She then went on to used it for lino printing, I...ndian block printing and dry point printing. All of it was very successful.
Now, I am not the best photographer, but in this photo you can see how well it worked. Bernie used Storm Blue for the initial print. Then she asked if it would 'over print', so she tried go over it with Transparent Magenta - as you can see it worked really well.
Remember, if you are wanting to over print you need to make sure the first colour is dry and that the retarder will increase the drying time.