I have found each product in the Claudine Hellmuth line for Ranger to be a good quality, and items that make a great base for my projects. From adding paint to a scrapbook layout to printing photos onto her Sticky Back Canvas, I have had very good experiences.
In February of this year Ranger introduced a new Claudine Hellmuth product called Extra Time Studio Medium. The idea is a simple one – adding some of this product in with her acrylic paint will extend the time you have to work with it by preventing the paint from drying as quickly. The label suggests using equal parts paint and medium, but I found good results with as little as half the amount of medium to the amount of paint.
Why would you use this? Well, any time you want the drying to slow on the paint – either on the project or just sitting out waiting to be used. I found it incredibly useful as I work and wrangle two preschool-aged children. I don’t end up with dry paint on my palette after I run and solve a problem with the kids – it remained useful even through delays and I really appreciated that.
Extra Time Studio Medium is water-based, safe, and non-toxic; and in addition to extending your working time with paint the packaging suggests this is a good product to use in blending multiple colors of paint, in drier climates, and for creating various paint techniques. The product says it’s for use with Claudine Hellmuth’s paints, but of course I tried (and had success) with other brands as well.
I tested the product a number of times over the last month, and in the right situations I’m finding it a tremendous resource. I covered a small frame with the Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas, which is a staple product in my studio.
Then I cut and folded pieces of the sticky back canvas to go around each side of the frame. I cut until I was fairly happy with the fit, then removed the backing and stuck the canvas down around my frame.
As you can see above, it’s not always perfect. That’s alright! Paint will be covering the canvas soon, and flaws can be forgiven. Once you are satisfied with the fit, coat the entire canvas surface with the purple paint mixture. Once the project dried (it did take 30 minutes or so) I coated it with Multi-Medium in Gloss to add shine, and to create an adhesive surface for rhinestones and pearls that dot the edges.
Finally, I added a flower to the bottom of the frame, replaced the glass & backing, and inserted a photo.
There is one downside to this product, and that is that when you’re ready for the paint to be dry, you’re going to need some patience. I suggest just setting the project aside and working on something else for a bit. This product is really so simple, yet it’s already saved me a lot of dry paint heartache, and I can see if I decide to produce multiple projects, or take on any variety of crafts where I want the paint to last it will prove invaluable.
Would you like to win some Extra Time Studio Medium to try out yourself?
Thanks to Ranger, Scrapbook Update has a bottle of Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium to give away!
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