Friday, January 5, 2018

Oil Mediums

Mediums (things you add to the paint for reasons)

  • Turpentine
-The best known thinner and cleaner for oil paints and brushes.
-Turpentine is technically a solvent, and one of the more traditional ones that painters use. It speeds up the drying time as it dilutes the paint

-When painting in layers, you should use turpentine for your basecoat or first layer of paint, as you should always apply your fast-drying layers first.

-Traditionally mixed 50/50 with linseed oil for an excellent medium

  •  Linseed Oil
-  It slows down the drying time of the paint, and when painting in layers. Apply the ‘slow over fast rule’ – paint your fast-drying layers first, and then each layer on top should take longer to dry than the previous one. You can therefore apply more of this medium with each layer.

-On its own gives colors a high gloss. Added to colors it produces a glaze effect. 

-Can cause yellowing overtime 

  • Bob Ross's and Alexander's Liquid or Magic White or Clear 

- Probably made from Titanium White, fine quality safflower oil, and a bit of thinner