Gamvar Gloss vs Liquitex Gloss Medium: Product Review

Today's post is a short review between Gamblin Gamvar Gloss Varnish and Liquitex Gloss Medium. You can watch both in action in the video below:


@smicysauce REVIEW #liquitexglossvarnish vs #gamvargloss ♬ Ballet song like "Waltz of flowers" _ 5 minutes(965273) - yulu-ism project


To sum, here's an overview:

Liquitex Gloss Medium is a good varnish for the price. It drys fairly quickly and does accentuate color to an extent. The only downside is that it's a thicker varnish, so you do have to be wary of unwanted texture.

Gamvar Gloss, on the other hand, is a very thin gloss, which is rather advantageous in the sense that, "a little goes a long way," and you will have a smooth canvas surface (no unwanted lines/ buildup). It is on the pricier side, but if you watched the video, you can understand why. 

Yes, Liquitex brightens the colors of a canvas, but Gamvar does even more so. The only issues I found were that it could be messy to use if I was not careful, and probably best handled using gloves as the varnish will cause your skin to stick otherwise. It also takes at least a full day to dry. 

Adjourning, Liquitex is perfect for the beginner-- cheap, drys quickly, undoubtedly executing its purpose. Yet, if I'm being absolutely honest, Gamvar is supreme in every other sense other than drying time. I will certainly be using Gamvar for the rest of my paintings. 

But, just don't take my account for it, try it on yourself! You can click either photo to buy. 

Happy Varnishing! 

*side note* I'd love to see your results. On Instagram, tag #artbucketvarnish so I can see your work.  


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