Artcare - B72 Retouching Gels

Heavy 20 and Light 10 B72 Retouching Gels can provide the same results as those achieved by the artist using megilp. They allow the application of fluid, semitransparent, textured brushstrokes so common on old master landscape paintings.

Heavy 20 and Light 10 B72 Retouching Gels, having a false body made mainly of solvent, are identical in their physical and handling properties to the traditional megilp. They become fluid under the stress of mixing and when applied with a brush. When left undisturbed they gel again after a while. B72 Retouching Gels allow transparent and semitransparent, slightly textured brushstrokes to be painted wet-in-wet without the risk of paint flooding and bleeding.

Tree - Imitating megilp with B72 Retouching Gels

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Leaves in the crowns of trees serve as a good example of the effects achieved with megilp. They are usually painted with delicate, rapid brushstrokes using a fluid paint, rich in medium, leaving the edges of the brushstrokes slightly thicker and raised.

The same effects can be perfectly imitated by the conservator/restorer with B72 Retouching Gels. The retouching/inpainting or reconstruction of the leaf could not be easier. It can be achieved by a singe rapid brushstroke instead of by first painting the leaf’s shape and then having gradually to build up its edges by the multiple, consecutive application of paint using a standard solution of retouching medium.

Slow - Heavy 20 and Fast - Light 10 gels were employed for painting the tree. The crown of the tree was  underpainted with dark olive green shapes using Slow - Heavy 20 gel. Next the leaves were painted wet-in-wet with Fast - Light 10 gel.

Macro 1 - Tree Leaves - Slow - Heavy 20 and Fast - Light 10 B72 Retouching Gels

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Slow - Heavy 20 Fast - Light 10
Macro 2 - Tree Leaves - Slow - Heavy 20 and Fast - Light 10 B72 Retouching Gels

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As megilp was so extensively used by artists B72 Retouching Gels prove to be the perfect medium for retouching their paintings through imitating their painting technique.

The semitransparent, textured effects achieved with B72 Retouching Gels are also ideal for the reconstruction and retouching of lace on old master portraits.

Very Slow - Light 10
Fast - Heavy 20 Slow - Light 10

Fast - Heavy 20, Slow - Light 10 and Very Slow - Light 10 gels can also be used for imitating the megilp painting technique.


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