A pale coloured solution that increases the gloss and transparency of water colour. Thin with water.
I love this. Makes the watercolours shine. I tried it after reading about Samuel Palmer's use of it in his amazing watercolour paintings. June Walker (West Midlands) on 28 May 2008
The gum arabic has a really pleasant smell and is the perfect accessory for rendering streams, ponds and lakes. However, it is horribly difficult and frustrating opening this type of bottle. After a few uses, it requires a lot of straight down pressure to get the small hinge in place for it to open. W&N, please, please change the design... Trond Birkeland (MANDAL, Norway) on 10 Aug 2016
I mixed this with different watercolour paints, and got some interesting results. In particular mixed with ultramarine and burnt umber, it produced a great metalic look for an old Yorkshire range that was in a painting I was creating of my great grandparent's living room! Shirley Marsden (Kendal, United Kingdom) on 25 Mar 2016