Recently I was able to grab a fantastic bundle of Tim Holtz/Ranger products on Amazon. I have wondered if there was something special about the mediums and how they compared to other products that I have. I figured that if I was curious about this there’s at least one other person out there who would like to know which of these products is worth spending your hard-earned crafting dollars on.
Let’s discuss what you get. Inside this bundle are 1 ounce each of Texture Paste in Opaque Matte, Transparent Matte, and Transparent Gloss. You also get 1 ounce each of Distress Collage Medium in Matte, Vintage, and Crazing. The tools included are Texture Tools – 2 (No. 7-12) and a small collage brush. Today I’ll be giving a review of the Texture Paste. Once I’ve done a review of the Collage Mediums, I’ll link it back here. Right now, that’s another day.
My thinking when I went into this post was that all of these mediums were basically the same. For the purposes of this comparison, I will be using Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel and Golden Regular Gel (Semi-Gloss). Mostly because that’s what I have. Liquitex describes the Gloss Heavy Gel as having a glossy sheen and a transparent opacity. Liquitex does have other gels that have a matte sheen and opaque opacity (Ultra Matte Gel) or you can go for a matte sheen with a translucent opacity (Matte Super Heavy Gel).
The Regular Gel is described on the package as being more transparent than opaque and more matte than gloss. I currently don’t have anything that would compare to the Opaque Matte and as it acts completely different from the Transparent Texture Paste I’ll save that for another day.
This is my first time using texture paste and I can see that I need to practice a bit with the application before I’m happy with the results. Be that as it may, here’s my findings.
The Ranger products are heat stable. This, naturally, is only important if you are using heat. To see what would happen after I inked the tags I did a small water spatter and then dried them. There was no change in the texture of the Ranger tags but the Golden and Liquitex both started to get slightly tacky right away. This probably wouldn’t be an issue for a small amount of heat if you were careful to not touch the paste until it had cooled but definitely a consideration. Also, with the Ranger products, if you do apply heat while the paste is still wet, I hear it gets puffy. That’s a test for another day.
All four products acted as a resist, meaning that the layer that is directly under the medium stays visible. The Semi-Gloss from Golden is noticeably less glossy than the Liquitex Gloss Gel or the Ranger Transparent Gloss, again, as I expected. I was not as happy with the results of the Ranger Transparent Matte but that may have been due to the learning curve.
Some areas of all the texture pastes appeared to take ink but after a quick wipe with the baby wipe that resolved easily. I didn’t notice that any of the texture pastes seemed to affect the color of the Distress Ink. My top pick this round goes to the Ranger Texture Paste in Transparent Gloss. I was skeptical that it was worth the extra money but I found that, for me, the combination of it being heat stable and the overall look and feel was more what I was wanting.
It’s doubtful to me, at this time, that I’ll buy more of the Transparent Matte once it runs out. Still, I think this bundle is a great deal if you don’t already have the products and would like to give them a try. Until next time…