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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 4oz

    Archival Copal Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.79

    Plaza Price: $7.83

  2. Artisan Fast Drying Medium 75ml

    Artisan Fast Drying Medium 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  3. Artisan Impasto 60ml

    Artisan Impasto 60ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $11.99

    Plaza Price: $7.79

  4. Artisan Linseed Oil 75ml

    Artisan Linseed Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  5. Artisan Painting Medium 75ml

    Artisan Painting Medium 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  6. Artisan Stand Oil 75ml

    Artisan Stand Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  7. Artists' Painting Medium 75ml

    Artists' Painting Medium 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $13.29

    Plaza Price: $8.64

  8. Blending & Glazing Medium 75ml

    Blending & Glazing Medium 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  9. Cold Wax Medium 4oz

    Cold Wax Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.95

    Plaza Price: $5.97

  10. Dorland's Wax Medium 4oz

    Dorland's Wax Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.99

    Plaza Price: $7.99

  11. Drying Linseed Oil 75ml

    Drying Linseed Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $11.49

    Plaza Price: $7.47

  12. Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $12.45

    Plaza Price: $7.47

  13. Gamblin Refined Linseed Stand Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Stand Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $13.55

    Plaza Price: $8.13

  14. Japan Drier 4oz

    Japan Drier 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  15. Light Drying Oil 4oz

    Light Drying Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $7.49

    Plaza Price: $5.99

  16. Linseed Oil 4oz

    Linseed Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $7.49

    Plaza Price: $5.99

  17. Linseed Oil 8oz

    Linseed Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $12.29

    Plaza Price: $9.83

  18. Linseed Stand Oil 75ml

    Linseed Stand Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $11.49

    Plaza Price: $7.47

  19. Liquiglaze 4oz

    Liquiglaze 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.79

    Plaza Price: $7.83

  20. Liquin Fine Detail 75ml

    Liquin Fine Detail 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  21. Liquin Light Gel 75ml

    Liquin Light Gel 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  22. Liquin Original 75ml

    Liquin Original 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $9.89

    Plaza Price: $6.43

  23. Oil Painting Medium 4oz

    Oil Painting Medium 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  24. Process Thickened Linseed Oil 4oz

    Process Thickened Linseed Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

  25. Refined Linseed Oil 250ml

    Refined Linseed Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $14.99

    Plaza Price: $9.74

  26. Refined Linseed Oil 75ml

    Refined Linseed Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $7.69

    Plaza Price: $5.00

  27. Stand Oil 4oz

    Stand Oil 4oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $8.79

    Plaza Price: $7.03

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