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Schmincke Gum Arabic 60ml

Schmincke Gum Arabic is a 60ml bottle of binder used for creating watercolors and gouache colors. Here are the key features and instructions for using this product:


  1. Binder for Watercolors and Gouache: Schmincke Gum Arabic serves as a binder for creating watercolors and gouache colors. It helps hold the pigment particles together, allowing you to create your own watercolor and gouache paints.
  2. Dilutable with Water: The Gum Arabic can be diluted with water, which gives you control over the consistency of your paint and allows you to adjust it according to your preferences and needs.
  3. Dries to a Wiping Resistant Film: Once dry, the Gum Arabic forms a film that resists smudging when touched, ensuring the longevity and durability of the painted surface.
  4. Water-Soluble: Despite forming a film, the Gum Arabic remains water-soluble even after drying. This means that you can rehydrate and reactivate the colors by adding water, allowing for further adjustments and painting techniques.
  5. Improves Adhesion and Enhances Colors: When added to Schmincke watercolors and gouache colors, Gum Arabic improves the adhesion of undercoats and enhances the gloss, transparency, and intensity of the colors.


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  • Shake the bottle well before use.
  • The Gum Arabic is ready to use, but you can dilute it with water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  • The mixing ratio of the binder to pigment varies depending on the type of pigment used. Schmincke’s recommendation is to start with equal amounts of binder and pigment and then adjust accordingly until you achieve the desired consistency. The dried paint should have a smooth surface and remain intact when rubbed with the dry heel of your hand.
  • The self-mixed colors can be diluted with water if needed. It is advised to use the colors as quickly as possible and store them for only a few days in screw-top jars.
  • Add the Gum Arabic to watercolors or gouache colors on a separate palette and not directly to the original container.
  • Clean your working tools with water or water and soap as soon as possible after use.
  • Close the bottle immediately after use and store it in a cool and dry place.

Schmincke Gum Arabic provides artists with the flexibility to create their own watercolors and gouache colors while enhancing the qualities of the paint. It is essential to follow the instructions for the best results and to handle and store the product properly to maintain its quality over time.