The healthier alternative! Archival Odorless Mediums and Solvents evaporate much more slowly than turpentines, resulting in a minimum of vapor during painting sessions. Archival Mediums are based on
Flow Gel — This is a loose gel that liquefies when brushed and stays in place when at rest, making it useful for developing new techniques. It can also be blended easily until it dries (within three hours). It also can be brushed over lightly for wet-on-wet techniques.
Smooth Gel — This is a gel that helps move oil paint around easily while retaining texture and brush marks. Use a 50/50 mix with paint for thick impasto (15-60 mm). It’s also useful for those who desire less extreme applications of paint to dry quickly and retain marks and texture, while still being brushable and easy to manipulate. It also blends wet-in-wet when worked in with a brush or knife.
Texture Gel — This is a variation of Smooth Gel that contains ceramic beads for a gritty texture to add aesthetic appeal to thickly applied paint. It moves easily when mixed, then firms up on the painting, which is useful for keeping oil color separate wet-on-wet, or blendable for wet-in-wet techniques.
Odorless Classic Medium — This is a modified stand oil-based medium for painters who prefer slower drying. It’s ideal for thinning paint while maintaining a rich, luminous finish when dry, lends greater control for detail work, and offers longer manipulation time for over-painting, glazing, and
Odorless Fat Medium — Recommended for experienced painters who work all day on the same painting, this syrupy,
Odorless Lean Medium — This is a very fluid, general-purpose alkyd resin medium that can be used to increase the flow and transparency of Chroma Archival Oils, as well as for glazing and other thin applications. Its
Odorless Solvent — This is a general-purpose, odorless solvent that can be used instead of gum and mineral turpentine to thin paints and clean brushes. Very little vapor is generated, resulting in healthier and more pleasant painting sessions.
Health and Mediums — Oil paints are relatively
Archival Mediums use Odorless Solvents with Low Toxicity — Paint companies do not invent odorless solvents — these solvents have been in existence for many years. Supplied by oil companies, they are petrochemicals, with the aromatic fractions removed, making them much less toxic to use than gum turpentine, mineral turpentine, or white spirits. Odorless solvents evaporate at a much slower rate than turpentines, so that very small amounts of vapor are generated during a painting session, a fact that is more important than the lower toxicity itself. Odorless solvents will, however, evaporate over time, and drying racks and work spaces still need to be
Archival Mediums are Flexible like Archival Oils — Only Archival Mediums should be used with Archival Oils to avoid the creation of brittle layers. When used together, Archival Oils and Archival Mediums offer artists an array of techniques beyond what is possible with "traditional" mediums. The flexibility of Archival Oils when used with Archival Mediums is such that overpainted layers can stretch to accommodate movement as the painting settles down and cures — allowing great freedom of technique. All Archival Mediums (except Classic Medium) are very
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Using Archival Gel Mediums — Gel Mediums, including Flow Gel (which liquefies when picked up on a brush), can be conveniently placed on a palette. It is best not to dispense a larger quantity of any Archival Medium than can be used in one day, however, because of the
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