Hi friends,

Need an inexpensive alternative to acrylic retardant? (Slows down drying process) 

Well for ages now I have been using 'Glycerin' - Pure clear cough mixture'. You can buy this for a couple of dollars, pounds at any local pharmacist.

It wont do much on its own, but if you fill up a pump spray water bottle with water and top it up with Glycerine, spray this directly onto your paint on your palette, it will keep the acrylic from drying out too fast. It really works!!! I haven't used retardant in ages;)

Happy Painting folks.

 

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Great tip, Alan.  What's the approximate ratio you use of water to Glycerine?
Oh im not sure in measurements but I usually top up the water by about an inch with the stuff :) lol hope that helps:) A fair quantity Thayeena
Thaneeya McArdle said:
Great tip, Alan.  What's the approximate ratio you use of water to Glycerine?
Yea sure now you tell me, I had a bottle of it that my mom was going to  use for softening cane for chair seats.  Also used for soap making, anyway, I could find no references online for any other uses (except constipation) so I sold it last week at a tag sale.   Oh well, for future reference, I know now!

Ha ha Sorry Kathy,

I only found out myself too on another art website, as I was searching for a cheaper alternative to acrylic retardant. The stuff works like magic. Its real cheap Kathy though and I tend to stock up on the stuff so if I ever get a sore throat or needs to stop my paint from drying to quickly hahaha

 

My best regards

Alan:)


Kathy Lauman said:

Yea sure now you tell me, I had a bottle of it that my mom was going to  use for softening cane for chair seats.  Also used for soap making, anyway, I could find no references online for any other uses (except constipation) so I sold it last week at a tag sale.   Oh well, for future reference, I know now!
I had no idea! I have a gallon of glycerine for garden fresh soaps and cosmetics. I can wait it try it out on my next acrylic painting. Have you ever used it with watercolor? I'm thinking it could create some fun filmy textures. I'll have to check it out!

Ive never tried it with watercolor Suzanne, but yeah I could see how that might work hehe :)

I bet you there are loads of uses for the stuff that we haven't discovered yet. Its fab for acrylics though, just around an inch deep (30ml?) of the stuff mixed with a pump spray bottle of water, a good shake and then spray onto paint, it works a treat :)

 

Alan :)

Suzanne Vadnais Monson said:

I had no idea! I have a gallon of glycerine for garden fresh soaps and cosmetics. I can wait it try it out on my next acrylic painting. Have you ever used it with watercolor? I'm thinking it could create some fun filmy textures. I'll have to check it out!
Love the idea of playing with glycerine as a medium extender/shifter tool! I'll share what I discover with watercolor! I think it will be a lot like a glaze.

Love to get inexpensive tips.  Thanks for posting this Alan.

 

Thats alright Sue:)

It really does work, and I wish you many happy creative days ahead:)

sue visker said:

Love to get inexpensive tips.  Thanks for posting this Alan.

 

just discovered this tip. i will surely try it, as soon as i can find some glycerin. sounds interesting. thanks for sharing the idea.

Hi Shari,

it realy does work friend, and glycerine isnt real expensive, available at all good pharmacists. Dont forget to ask for the clear version :) It also doubles up as cough mixture haha Of course :)

 

Alan :)

Thanks Alan, I didn't know it worked as an Acrylic retardant, that is wonderful I will have to play with it. I originally bought it after watching the frugal crafter re-ink her pigment ink pads with gouache and a little glycerin and a quick spray of alcohol to stop bacteria, it really does work, and now I can use it for my acrylics as well. I love money saving art tips

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