Review: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium

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.

First I took the $1 frame apart, and then got the paint and medium mixed together. I used a purple paint by Claudine Hellmuth for this project.

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!

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, May 16th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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43 Responses to Review: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium

  1. tape May 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Wow, cool frame!

  2. Beth in OK May 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Wow–sounds like a cool product. Might give me incentive to try something new!

  3. Holly Denghel May 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m curious as to how this compares to some of the products by Golden

  4. Christine Flack May 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    I would love to try this out! I have a two-year old myself with another one on the way. I know exactly what you mean about interruptions. :0)

  5. Michele May 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    I was wondering what this medium was all about. Thanks for the info!

  6. Barbara M. May 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks for the review. Sounds cool!

  7. Karen May 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Your purple frame is so cute!

  8. Marcia May 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    That’s great that the gloss provided enough adhesive to actually attach the bobs around the outside. Don’t know that I would’ve thought of that.

  9. Andrea MacDonald May 13, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    I love Claudine Hellmuth products! That frame you made is absolutely fabulous!

  10. Renee J. May 13, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    This looks like an awesome product! Oh, and the finished product is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  11. TerrieF May 13, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    I enjoy the product reviews and would like to see more!

  12. Lesa May 13, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    Love the purple frame and the added dimension from the canvas. Wondering, though, how this product is different from the normal gel medium found in your everyday art supply store?

  13. MichelleG May 13, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    Love your project…cute idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Kirsten May 13, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    Sounds like an awesome product!! Would love the opportunity to win some and give it a try. Thanks for offering this product in a give away.

  15. Karen May 13, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Thanks, for taking the time to share your project it is so nice, I love the overall look of it and your choice of color was fantastic.

  16. LouiseH May 13, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Great review , I now have a better understanding of the product. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Cyndi May 13, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I rec’d every colour of Claudine’s paints for Christmas (2009). This product would be a great addition to my play time :)

  18. Shirley May 13, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    I would love to win some of this! Thank you so much for the article and the opportunity. I love Claudine’s paints and tried to buy this but have had no luck so far.

  19. Bev Leeson May 13, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I would love to try this product. In fact I have just completed my collection of all Claudine’s colours so to be able to get them to last longer as well would be fabulous.
    Awesome Frame btw…

  20. sherlud May 13, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    This looks like a really cool project. Will have to try it.

  21. Sheri Riemenschneider May 13, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Sounds like a must-have! Thanks for taking the time to research it’s claim and so glad to hear your testimony. Darling frame!

  22. linda May 13, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Really like this idea. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the tips.

  23. Addie May 13, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Ranger has extremely creative marketing people, and I’m skeptical of their “new” products. They routinely rebrand common products, usually aimed at another market and sell them at higher prices. This product, for instance, is gel retarder medium. A quick online search yielded me this price comparison: Claudine Helmuth Extra Time Slow-Dry Medium: 4 oz, $6.50, $6.45, $5.20 (on sale). Liquitex Slow-Dri Gel Retarder Medium: 8oz., $8.81, $7.55, $6.16. Introducing products to a new market is fine, and Ranger only implies, doesn’t claim, its products are new creations. Their pigments and inks are great. I’m talking about products like “Mini Misters,” which are fine misters 48 for $19.00 online, or Glossy Accents, carefully targeted to the paper crafting community, but the same as the lower priced Aileen’s Paper Glaze (which has the same fine applicator tip). Many women paper crafters I know are now aware of the enormous price hike on products aimed at us. We’re getting savvy, looking closely at companies whose creativity seems geared more toward marketing than product development.

  24. Gilda May 13, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    WOW! Great product, can’t wait to try it! Love your purple frame!

  25. kirsten May 13, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I’ve used Claudine’s paints & other mediums & love them! Can’t wait to try this slow drying medium…how fun!

  26. Caroll May 13, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I’m really anxious to try this product. Fast drying acrylic has been the bane of my existence and frankly prevented me from using it on certain projects. This could be great!

  27. Joan Schonrock May 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks for the info regarding this product. I have seen some demonstrations by Claudine about the “sticky back..” and mediums, but haven’t yet tried the products.

  28. Jennie May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    I’d love to try this product. I’ve done some paintings with oils and think this could be a great tool to make acrylics more like oils. Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. Jennifer May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    That is really awesome! So many cool things coming from this blog! I love it along with the Paperclipping Roundtable.

  30. Linda B. May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Would love to try this out on the sticky back canvas I have. Sounds great to extend the time when trying to decide blending of colors.

  31. Diane S. May 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Looks like great stuff!! Would like to try it!

  32. Queenbee May 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Would love to try out these products.

  33. Mary Mitchell May 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Wow……what a great sounding product and a cool frame. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  34. Jenny Barnett Rohrs May 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I have has some experience with the Liquitex gel-retarder, but I’d love to win this and do a comparison. Thanks for your review! -Jenny

  35. Suz May 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Lovely frame. thanks for sharing the details of creating a great project & for the chance to win.

  36. Sherry May 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    This is a cool product. I too have preschoolers…3 of them. So this product should work out just perfect for me. Thanks for the info.

  37. EJ May 14, 2010 at 12:14 am #

    It looks like a great product and one that I cold use o many an occasion.

  38. Nonnie May 14, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    love the way you wrapped the sticky back canvas around the frame…great idea…and thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Mary Schmidt May 14, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    Murphy’s Law: When you don’t want the paint to dry fast– it will. When you want the paint to hurry up and dry– it won’t! Can’t win! This medium looks like it will help delay the drying. I hope to try it.

  40. Debbie Flowers May 14, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Would love to try this. Nothing is more frustrating than having the paint to dry out when you have to check on things before you are finished with a project. Thanks for the chance.

  41. Sharon F. CA May 14, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Loved the frame and would be interested in checking out this new product. As I work slowly to be sure I dont make a mistake (I know, I am working on that too) it would be nice to have the flexibilty of time in waiting for it to dry and the bonus is practice my patience…thanks!

  42. Jacquelin G May 14, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Love her products – can’t wait to try this!!!

  43. Connie May 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Love the frame. Can not wait to try this.