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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. Artisan Fast Drying Medium 250ml

    Artisan Fast Drying Medium 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  3. Artisan Impasto Medium 200ml

    Artisan Impasto Medium 200ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.19

    Plaza Price: $15.72

  4. Artisan Linseed Oil 250ml

    Artisan Linseed Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  5. Artisan Painting Medium 250ml

    Artisan Painting Medium 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  6. Artisan Stand Oil 250ml

    Artisan Stand Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  7. Artists' Painting Medium 250ml

    Artists' Painting Medium 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.99

    Plaza Price: $16.24

  8. Cold Wax Medium 16oz

    Cold Wax Medium 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.95

    Plaza Price: $14.97

  9. Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil 75ml

    Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil 75ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $20.89

    Plaza Price: $13.58

  10. Dorland's Wax Medium 16oz

    Dorland's Wax Medium 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.95

    Plaza Price: $19.96

  11. Galkyd Gel 'G Gel' 150ml

    Galkyd Gel 'G Gel' 150ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Plaza Price: $11.97

  12. Galkyd Lite 16oz

    Galkyd Lite 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $16.95

  13. Galkyd Lite 8oz

    Galkyd Lite 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $10.17

  14. Galkyd Painting Medium 16oz

    Galkyd Painting Medium 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $16.95

  15. Galkyd Painting Medium 8oz

    Galkyd Painting Medium 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $10.17

  16. Galkyd Slow Drying 16oz

    Galkyd Slow Drying 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $28.25

    Plaza Price: $16.95

  17. Galkyd Slow Drying 8oz

    Galkyd Slow Drying 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $16.95

    Plaza Price: $10.17

  18. Gamblin Cold Pressed Linseed Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Cold Pressed Linseed Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $21.95

    Plaza Price: $13.17

  19. Gamblin Poppy Oil 8oz

    Gamblin Poppy Oil 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.95

    Plaza Price: $14.97

  20. Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 16oz

    Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $20.95

    Plaza Price: $12.57

  21. Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel 150ml

    Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel 150ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Plaza Price: $11.97

  22. Grumbacher Cobalt Drier 2.5oz

    Grumbacher Cobalt Drier 2.5oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $15.60

    Plaza Price: $12.48

  23. Krylon Quick Dry For Oil Paintings

    Krylon Quick Dry For Oil Paintings

    Price:

    Regular Price: $15.99

    Plaza Price: $11.99

  24. Linseed Oil 16oz

    Linseed Oil 16oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.29

    Plaza Price: $15.43

  25. Linseed Stand Oil 250ml

    Linseed Stand Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $26.39

    Plaza Price: $17.15

  26. Liquiglaze 8oz

    Liquiglaze 8oz

    Price:

    Regular Price: $18.29

    Plaza Price: $14.63

  27. Liquin Fine Detail 250ml

    Liquin Fine Detail 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  28. Liquin Impasto 200ml

    Liquin Impasto 200ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $21.29

    Plaza Price: $13.84

  29. Liquin Light Gel 250ml

    Liquin Light Gel 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  30. Liquin Original 250ml

    Liquin Original 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

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