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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. Cold Wax Medium 16oz

    Cold Wax Medium 16oz

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    Regular Price: $24.95

    Plaza Price: $18.71

  2. Cold Wax Medium 4oz

    Cold Wax Medium 4oz

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    Regular Price: $9.95

    Plaza Price: $7.46

  3. Galkyd Gel 'G Gel' 150ml

    Galkyd Gel 'G Gel' 150ml

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    Regular Price: $19.95

    Plaza Price: $14.96

  4. Galkyd Lite 16oz

    Galkyd Lite 16oz

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    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $21.19

  5. Galkyd Lite 8oz

    Galkyd Lite 8oz

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    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $12.71

  6. Galkyd Painting Medium 16oz

    Galkyd Painting Medium 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $21.19

  7. Galkyd Painting Medium 32oz

    Galkyd Painting Medium 32oz

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    Regular Price: $51.45

    Plaza Price: $38.59

  8. Galkyd Painting Medium 8oz

    Galkyd Painting Medium 8oz

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    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $12.71

  9. Galkyd Slow Drying 16oz

    Galkyd Slow Drying 16oz

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    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $21.19

  10. Galkyd Slow Drying 8oz

    Galkyd Slow Drying 8oz

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    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $12.71

  11. Gamblin Cold Pressed Linseed Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Cold Pressed Linseed Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $21.95

    Plaza Price: $16.46

  12. Gamblin Poppy Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Poppy Oil 8oz

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    Regular Price: $24.95

    Plaza Price: $18.71

  13. Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 16oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 16oz

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    Regular Price: $20.95

    Plaza Price: $15.71

  14. Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 8oz

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    Regular Price: $12.45

    Plaza Price: $9.34

  15. Gamblin Refined Linseed Stand Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Stand Oil 8oz

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    Regular Price: $13.55

    Plaza Price: $10.16

  16. Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel 150ml

    Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel 150ml

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    Regular Price: $19.95

    Plaza Price: $14.96

  17. Neo Megilp 16oz

    Neo Megilp 16oz

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    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $21.19

  18. Neo Megilp 8oz

    Neo Megilp 8oz

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    Regular Price: $16.95

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