Matisse Impasto Medium MM2 is a full-bodied texture paste and modelling compound. It may be thought of as a "heavy-bodied paint", free of colour pigmentation (however, it is not clear). It is most valuable for oil painting techniques with acrylics, brush stroke and impasto painting techniques, particularly when heavy built-up areas of colour are required.
MM2 Impasto Medium dries to a low subdued sheen which is similar to the sheen on a dried paint film of Matisse Colours and it is equally water-resistant.
MM2 Impasto Medium allows for free intermixing with the Matisse Colours in any proportion. There is very little visual colour loss when up to equal volumes of a Matisse Colour and MM2 Impasto Medium are intermixed.
The presence of MM2 Impasto Medium on the canvas does not increase or lower the gloss rate of the finished painting, nor does it cause any light reflection distortion.
Although MM2 Impasto Medium is not fully transparent when dry, it will not alter the richness of Matisse Colours in any substantial way.
Although MM2 Impasto Medium can be used with Matisse Flow Formula colours, the Matisse Structure colours are full-bodied acrylics and therefore complement the thick MM2 Impasto Medium. The MM2 Impasto Medium lends itself suitably for use as a light modelling compound. It can be applied by knife or brush in heavy blobs onto the primed canvas and, when dry, fully over-painted with Matisse Colours.
Do not use MM2 Impasto Medium as a transparent glue or size where its slightly milky opacity could cause some "cloudiness".
Note: MM2 Impasto Medium should not be used for glazing effects. Subtle and delicate glaze colourations are best produced by intermixing MM8 Spreader and MM4 Gel Medium with water in various proportions to produce totally transparent glazes. Glazing with MM2 Impasto Medium will cover and distort the work with a slight opaque effect.
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