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GOLDEN Digital Mediums

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The world of mixed media has been expanding more and more. Artists are combining paint, photographs, and printed material in new and exciting ways.

GOLDEN has introduced three Digital Grounds and two UV protective Gel Topcoats to help artists expand their horizons and techniques using acrylic colors and mediums.

Watch video tips on how to use GOLDEN Digital Mediums:

Creating an acrylic skin for Ink-jet printing
Coating a substrate with GOLDEN Digital Grounds
Tips for preparing your printer for odd substrates
Printing on your acrylic skin


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Gel Topcoats w/UVLS are available in both Gloss and Semi-Gloss sheens. With the benefit of ultraviolet light filters and stabilizers, these gels provide a non-removable, water-based topcoat offering protection against fading for digital media, collage, or any material below the topcoat. In addition, these gels can be used to add texture, create a clear barrier prior to working with paint or other materials and modify sheen.

In extensive testing, a 10 mil film of the Gel Topcoat has provided a similar degree of UV protection as GOLDEN MSA Varnishes. When used as a final layer, these gels should greatly increase the longevity and lightfastness of whatever digital media you are working with. However, if exhibiting your pieces without glass, we still strongly recommend applying one of our removable varnishes in addition to the Gel Topcoat to facilitate cleaning and future conservation.

While initially developed as a topcoat for digital prints, GOLDEN Gel Topcoats are fully compatible with other GOLDEN Gels, Mediums, and Acrylic Colors and therefore, can be used whenever their attributes are needed. For example, they can be used to create gel skins, image gel transfers, decoupage collage elements, extend paints or increase their transparency, create a wet layer to work into, or simply as a clear ground to work on top of. Just keep in mind that whenever these gels are mixed with other materials, the degree of protection is reduced. Maximum protection is only afforded when the gel sits up on top of the layer it needs to protect. Fugitive materials mixed into the gel will not fully benefit from its ability to provide UV protection.

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Gel Topcoats w/UVLS are available in both Gloss and Semi-Gloss sheens. With the benefit of ultraviolet light filters and stabilizers, these gels provide a non-removable, water-based topcoat offering protection against fading for digital media, collage, or any material below the topcoat. In addition, these gels can be used to add texture, create a clear barrier prior to working with paint or other materials and modify sheen.

In extensive testing, a 10 mil film of the Gel Topcoat has provided a similar degree of UV protection as GOLDEN MSA Varnishes. When used as a final layer, these gels should greatly increase the longevity and lightfastness of whatever digital media you are working with. However, if exhibiting your pieces without glass, we still strongly recommend applying one of our removable varnishes in addition to the Gel Topcoat to facilitate cleaning and future conservation.

While initially developed as a topcoat for digital prints, GOLDEN Gel Topcoats are fully compatible with other GOLDEN Gels, Mediums, and Acrylic Colors and therefore, can be used whenever their attributes are needed. For example, they can be used to create gel skins, image gel transfers, decoupage collage elements, extend paints or increase their transparency, create a wet layer to work into, or simply as a clear ground to work on top of. Just keep in mind that whenever these gels are mixed with other materials, the degree of protection is reduced. Maximum protection is only afforded when the gel sits up on top of the layer it needs to protect. Fugitive materials mixed into the gel will not fully benefit from its ability to provide UV protection.

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GOLDEN Digital Grounds turn just about any relatively flat surface into an ink-jet printable surface, providing the control and freedom to create textures and surfaces at whatever scale and shape desired.

While almost any porous surface that is flat enough can be run through an ink-jet printer, including off-the-shelf papers made for printmaking and watercolor, results are usually less than satisfactory with the resulting image dull, faint or blurry. For the most part this is caused by the substrate being overly absorbent, with no way to encapsulate or prevent the ink from spreading outward or penetrating too far into the surface.

Conversely, on non-porous materials like acetate, plastic and metal, the inks readily pool up, run, and are easily smeared by both the printer mechanism and subsequent handling. In order to combat these problems and achieve the desired richness of color and detail, each droplet of ink somehow needs to be kept distinct and held in place by the substrate.

This is perhaps the major function and benefit of applying an ink-jet receptive coating. GOLDEN’s three Digital Grounds not only have the potential to extend the languages of printmaking, photography and painting in significant ways, but they liberate digital imagery from the flatland prison of pre-coated papers and canvases.

Digital Ground White (Matte) is a porous, opaque, white ground for use on a multitude of surfaces. As a porous ink-jet coating, it allows prints to dry extremely rapidly, making it the safest choice for use with unmodified desktop printers that still have ‘pizza wheels’ or ejection rollers. It is also an ideal starting point for the first-time user looking for the most trouble free application on a wide range of materials.

Digital Ground Clear (Gloss) is a clear ground with a gloss sheen for use on most absorbent surfaces, allowing the underlying material to show through. The nature of this type of ink-jet receptive coating, means that prints dry much more slowly, which can present problems for desktop printers that have ejection rollers or ‘pizza wheels’. Because of this, we do not recommend using relatively nonporous substrates coated with the Digital Ground Clear on a desktop printer unless the printer’s ‘pizza wheels’ or ejection rollers have been removed. However, when used on very porous surfaces like paper, this should not present a problem.

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GOLDEN Digital Grounds turn just about any relatively flat surface into an ink-jet printable surface, providing the control and freedom to create textures and surfaces at whatever scale and shape desired.

While almost any porous surface that is flat enough can be run through an ink-jet printer, including off-the-shelf papers made for printmaking and watercolor, results are usually less than satisfactory with the resulting image dull, faint or blurry. For the most part this is caused by the substrate being overly absorbent, with no way to encapsulate or prevent the ink from spreading outward or penetrating too far into the surface.

Conversely, on non-porous materials like acetate, plastic and metal, the inks readily pool up, run, and are easily smeared by both the printer mechanism and subsequent handling. In order to combat these problems and achieve the desired richness of color and detail, each droplet of ink somehow needs to be kept distinct and held in place by the substrate.

This is perhaps the major function and benefit of applying an ink-jet receptive coating. GOLDEN’s three Digital Grounds not only have the potential to extend the languages of printmaking, photography and painting in significant ways, but they liberate digital imagery from the flatland prison of pre-coated papers and canvases.

Digital Ground Clear (Gloss) is a clear ground with a gloss sheen for use on most absorbent surfaces, allowing the underlying material to show through. The nature of this type of ink-jet receptive coating, means that prints dry much more slowly, which can present problems for desktop printers that have ejection rollers or ‘pizza wheels’. Because of this, we do not recommend using relatively nonporous substrates coated with the Digital Ground Clear on a desktop printer unless the printer’s ‘pizza wheels’ or ejection rollers have been removed. However, when used on very porous surfaces like paper, this should not present a problem.

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GOLDEN Digital Grounds turn just about any relatively flat surface into an ink-jet printable surface, providing the control and freedom to create textures and surfaces at whatever scale and shape desired.

While almost any porous surface that is flat enough can be run through an ink-jet printer, including off-the-shelf papers made for printmaking and watercolor, results are usually less than satisfactory with the resulting image dull, faint or blurry. For the most part this is caused by the substrate being overly absorbent, with no way to encapsulate or prevent the ink from spreading outward or penetrating too far into the surface.

Conversely, on non-porous materials like acetate, plastic and metal, the inks readily pool up, run, and are easily smeared by both the printer mechanism and subsequent handling. In order to combat these problems and achieve the desired richness of color and detail, each droplet of ink somehow needs to be kept distinct and held in place by the substrate.

This is perhaps the major function and benefit of applying an ink-jet receptive coating. GOLDEN’s three Digital Grounds not only have the potential to extend the languages of printmaking, photography and painting in significant ways, but they liberate digital imagery from the flatland prison of pre-coated papers and canvases.

Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces is similar to the Clear described above but optimized for increased adhesion and performance on non-porous surfaces such as aluminum or plastic. We do not recommend using the Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces on a desktop printer unless the printer’s ‘pizza wheels’ or ejection rollers have been removed.

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Digital media, traditional acrylics, texture, it all works - GOLDEN Digital Grounds turn just about any relatively flat surface into a printable surface. Print on acrylic skins, metal, specialty papers and more. Printed images come out clear, crisp, with great color. GOLDEN Gel Topcoats w/UVLS protect prints, papers and other materials from the harmful effects of Ultra Violet exposure. A whole new level of innovation and creativity is waiting!

Set includes:

  • 59ml (2oz) Gel Topcoat w/UVLS (Gloss)
  • 59ml (2oz) Gel Topcoat w/UVLS (Sami-Gloss)
  • 59ml (2oz) Digital Ground Clear (Gloss)
  • 59ml (2oz) Digital Ground White (Matte)
  • 59ml (2oz) Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces
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