Gamblin Oil Painting Medium Guide

Contemporary Painting Mediums

GALKYD

Galkyd thins oil colors and increases transparency and gloss. When used in greater proportions with oil color, Galkyd will level brushstrokes, creating an enamel-like surface. Galkyd is our fastest-drying painting medium. Thin layers will be touch-dry in approximately 24 hours.

GALKYD LITE

Galkyd Lite thins oil colors and increases transparency and gloss. When used in moderation with oil colors, Galkyd Lite will retain brushstrokes. Galkyd Lite is more fluid and less glossy compared to Galkyd. Thin layers will be touch-dry in 24 to 30 hours.

GALKYD SLOW DRY

Galkyd Slow Dry thins oil colors and extends working time. Galkyd Slow Dry is more fluid and less glossy than Galkyd Lite. Use one part Galkyd Slow Dry to one part oil colors to paint wet-into-wet for at least a day.

NEO MEGILP

Neo Megilp is a contemporary version of Maroger. This soft gel medium maintains the body of oil colors, increases transparency and flow, and imparts a smooth, silky feel. Neo Megilp dries at a moderate rate and remains workable for hours. Neo Megilp gives colors a satin gloss.

GALKYD GEL

Galkyd Gel is a stiffer gel compared to Neo Megilp that holds thicker, sharper brushmarks and dries more quickly. Galkyd Gel increases transparency of oil colors and creates impasto.

COLD WAX MEDIUM

Cold Wax medium is made from naturally white, pure beeswax. Formulated to knife consistency, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors thicker and more matte. Cold Wax Medium can be used to make Gamblin mediums and Gamvar more matte. It can also be applied alone as a matte varnish.

Solvent-free Painting Medium

Solvent-Free Gel gives colors more flow and transparency, yet holds the shape of your brushmark. Solvent-Free Gel has a moderately fast drying rate and increases gloss. Made from safflower oil and alkyd resin, Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is non-toxic and contains no Gamsol or petroleum distillates.

In comparison to other solvent-free mediums, artists will find that Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel supports the broadest range of painting techniques with the least compromise across color, dry time, texture and mark-making.

Raw Materials

REFINED LINSEED OIL

Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil is the palest of linseed oils. Adding Refined Linseed Oil to colors increases flow and slows dry times. Use sparingly or mix with an equal amount Gamsol to create a traditional slow-drying, low-viscosity painting medium.

POPPY OIL

Gamblin Poppy Oil is the slowest-drying oil we offer. It is useful to painters working in traditional, wet-into-wet techniques that want the longest possible working time. Use sparingly or mix with an equal amount Gamsol to create a traditional slow-drying, low-viscosity painting medium. Do not dilute Gamblin painting mediums by more than 10% with Poppy Oil.

STAND OIL

Gamblin Stand Oil is a thickened version of Refined Linseed Oil. Modifying oil colors with Gamblin Stand Oil increases flow and gloss and slows dry time. Colors mixed with Stand Oil will dry to a smooth, enamel-like finish. Use sparingly or mix with an equal amount Gamsol to create a traditional, slow- drying, high-viscosity painting medium.

COLD PRESSED LINSEED OIL

Gamblin Cold Pressed Linseed Oil is the most traditional oil we offer. Using Cold Pressed instead of Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil will slow drying and increase yellowing. For modifying painting mediums and colors we recommend Refined Linseed Oil or Poppy Oil instead of Cold Pressed. Use sparingly or mix with an equal amount Gamsol to create a traditional slow-drying, low-viscosity painting medium.

GAMSOL

The Standard for Studio Safety. Gamsol is the safest solvent that allows artists to work in traditional and contemporary techniques without compromise. Gamsol can be used to thin oil colors and painting mediums, and for general studio clean-up. Gamsol is reusable and non-toxic when used as recommended.

Why is Gamsol the best Artist’s Solvent?

Not all solvents used in oil painting are created equal. Gamsol allows painters to work in traditional and contemporary techniques without compromising artistic possibilities, permanence or your well-being. Gamsol is also reusable and nontoxic when used as recommended.

For an artist, there are a number of factors to consider when judging a solvent’s safety. Aromatic solvents are the most harmful type of mineral spirits. Gamsol is an odorless mineral spirit which has all of the aromatic component refined out of it – less than .005% remains. In addition, Gamsol has a slow evaporation rate, high flash point and is not absorbed through healthy skin.

These factors have led to Gamsol being The Standard for Studio Safety, and the solvent of choice among artists and instructors in classrooms and home studios.

Gamblin’s family of Galkyd painting mediums, Cold Wax, Gamvar Picture Varnish and Ground are all formulated with Gamsol. We recommend only Gamsol for thinning these materials.

Gamblin-Painting-Medium-Guide

Click here for a printable PDF of this oil painting medium guide by Gamblin. 

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