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Oil Mediums

Oil Painting Mediums

Mediums for oil paints are made from mixtures of separate products with which an artist plays to develop his/her own recipe. For example, a traditional medium mixture is one part Damar varnish, one part stand oil, five parts turpentine and few drops cobalt or japan drier. Mediums may also be bought in pre-made mixtures for convenience. Commercially made mediums can vary as much as home-spun recipes. Whether homemade or store-bought, mediums can be placed in a lidded glass jar and reused for many painting sessions.

As you experiment with mediums, keep in mind these guidelines:
  • Use the minimum amount of medium to serve a particular purpose. Conservators seem to be in agreement that oil paintings done with straight paint (no mediums except a little thinner) form the strongest, most permanent films
  • When using gobs of oil-containing gel mediums to build up texture, there is significant danger of yellowing
  • Yellowing is sometimes rapid and pronounced when a painting is left in darkness; the yellowing will gradually lighten as the painting is exposed to normal daylight
  • Mediums containing copal varnish are likely to darken significantly
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  1. Archival Copal Medium 16oz

    Archival Copal Medium 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $22.49

    Plaza Price: $17.99

  2. Archival Copal Medium 4oz

    Archival Copal Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.79

    Plaza Price: $7.83

  3. Japan Drier 4oz

    Japan Drier 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  4. Light Drying Oil 4oz

    Light Drying Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $7.49

    Plaza Price: $5.99

  5. Linseed Oil 16oz

    Linseed Oil 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.29

    Plaza Price: $15.43

  6. Linseed Oil 4oz

    Linseed Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $7.49

    Plaza Price: $5.99

  7. Linseed Oil 8oz

    Linseed Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $12.29

    Plaza Price: $9.83

  8. Liquiglaze 16oz

    Liquiglaze 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $28.99

    Plaza Price: $23.19

  9. Liquiglaze 4oz

    Liquiglaze 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.79

    Plaza Price: $7.83

  10. Liquiglaze 8oz

    Liquiglaze 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $18.29

    Plaza Price: $14.63

  11. Oil Painting Medium 4oz

    Oil Painting Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  12. Process Thickened Linseed Oil 4oz

    Process Thickened Linseed Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  13. Res-N-Gel 150ml

    Res-N-Gel 150ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $17.99

    Plaza Price: $14.39

  14. Stand Oil 4oz

    Stand Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

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