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Since 1980, Gamblin has handcrafted luscious oil colors and contemporary painting mediums that are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent. All of Gamblin's oil painting materials are handcrafted at the company's wind-powered factory in Portland, Oregon. These are mediums you can trust for permanence and studio safety — from the industry leader.
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Pressed from flax seeds in Canada without using heat or chemicals of any kind. However, when used to thin oil colors, it increases the tendency to yellow over time.
Cold Wax Medium
A soft paste formulated to knife consistency, Gamblin Cold Wax Medium is made from naturally white unbleached beeswax, alkyd resin, and odorless mineral spirits (OMS), and is used to make oil colors thicker and more matte. It can be thinned to brush consistency by dissolving it in a small amount of OMS. The surface of paintings made with beeswax mediums will become only as hard as a beeswax candle. Adding Gamblin Galkyd to Cold Wax Medium/oil colors mix will increase the sheen and flexibility of the paint film. Use a small amount to make Galkyd Mediums more matte. Cold Wax Medium contains no oil, so it can be applied as a wax varnish over a dry oil painting.
Cold Wax Medium
A soft paste that makes oil colors thicker and more matte. Formulated to knife consistency, it’s made from naturally white unbleached beeswax, alkyd resin, and odorless mineral spirits, and can be thinned to brush consistency. It can also be used as a final varnish.
A very transparent, lightweight gelled alkyd resin formulated for transparent impasto of up to 1/4” thick. It holds marks and brush strokes, can be applied in multiple layers and does not dry as quickly as most gel mediums.
Formulated to thin oil colors and maintain strong flexible paint films, with a viscosity similar to that of a traditional dammar/refined linseed oil/turpentine painting medium. It will leave brush strokes in thicker layers and allow a longer working time (approximately three hours). Glazes are slightly less glossy than those made with traditional mediums or Galkyd.
Galkyd Medium #1
An alkyd resin painting medium that increases the fluidity of oil colors and speeds their drying time (thin layers will dry within 24 hours). Its viscosity is similar to traditional painting mediums made from linseed stand oil. It levels brush strokes, creates a strong flexible paint film, and leaves an enamel-like glossy finish.
Galkyd Slow Drying
Formulated for strength and flexibility, and to keep the surface of oil paintings open for approximately three days — a good choice for painters who blend or work wet into wet.
Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
An excellent solvent for thinning Gamblin mediums, for general painting, and for studio and brush cleanup. It evaporates completely, leaving no residue, and the absence of the aromatic solvent component means painters can work with Gamsol five times longer than turpentine without adverse health effects.
This set includes 2 oz bottles of Galkyd, Neo Meglip, Refined Linseed Oil, Gamsol, a 37 ml tube of Galkyd Gel, and a 2 ml jar of Cold Wax Medium.
Soft, silky gel that gives body to paint, decreases viscosity, and can produce a luminous atmosphere. Base of alkyd resin, without toxic lead or other materials. Will not turn yellow or darken.
Slows down drying time. Especially useful for painters using "wet into wet" techniques. Add 10% by volume to slow down the drying time of Gamblin Galkyd painting mediums. 8 oz (237 ml) bottle.
Refined Linseed Oil
Pressed from American flax seeds, this low acid oil is about as light and pure as it gets. Use in moderation to thin oil colors, or use as an ingredient in traditional painting mediums.
Gamblin Safflower Oil is lighter in color than linseed oil, non-yellowing, and slow-drying. It is an excellent medium for passages of white and other light colors, making them sparkle and pop. Safflower oil also makes an excellent solvent-free brush cleaner during painting sessions (afterwards artists can clean brushes further with Gamsol or soap and water).
Solvent Free Fluid Medium
Eco-friendly Solvent-Free Fluid Medium gives oil paints a more fluid consistency and moderately speeds drying time.
Solvent-Free Gel Medium
Made from safflower oil and alkyd resin, eco-friendly Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel gives colors more gloss, flow, and transparency, yet holds the shape of brushstrokes. It has a moderately fast drying rate.
Heavy oil that wets pigments well. 8 oz (237 ml).
These small beads of naturally white unbleached beeswax can be used in making your own wax medium.
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Excellent Products, Great Price!!
from Miami, FL
Comments about Gamblin Oil Mediums:
Excellent line of products and the price is extremely reasonable for the quality of the products.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Exactly the product I hoped to get
Works great with my oils as a medieum and to help clean my brushes
I appreciate Blick's prompt service and replacement
By Becky the painter
from Owings Mills, Md.
This Gamblin medium is the best I have used. Makes the paint flow easily and hold its color. Good for rehabilitating old brushes that needed more cleaning. Absolutely no odor or fumes. Excellent product.
Solvent Free Gel..best medium I have used
Love the smooth(not sticky) consistency of this medium..and the fact that it is better for me and the environment makes me love it even more!!
from Spring, Texas
I use this product in my oil painting and appreciate its quality and ease of use. When it's important to avoid strong odors, it's great to know that there are products that meet that need and also perform as needed. It's hard to imagine a better product.
Gamblin Oil Medium is the best!
By Happy Painter
from Gualala, CA
Emits far less harmful toxins into the air as you work, blends very well with oil paint, cleans brushes like old style turpentine, and dries normally (not gooey).
By Artist on Safari
This product is reliable. Always the same, does the job it is asked to do. I depend on it.
from Colorado Springs ,Colorado
I have this in two containers. One glass jar with a coil in it, and one without a coil. The one with the coil is always cloudy, and the one without, the sediment stays in the bottom. Not sure why this happens as I use them at the same time, and the one without the coil is always clear on top. Either way, It's an excellent thinner, brush cleaner, and has no smell that I notice. I paint with a friend, and she noticed a smell, but she was working on a large canvas.. and had her nose practically in it. At home, my husband has NO PROBLEM with this, ( he has lung issues) So I'm thrilled with it.
Gamblin Galkyd Lite
from Amarillo, TX
This batch was fresh and pleasant to use. Avoid any that seems thick, as if it has been on the shelf too long. I do think the product formula seemed more viscous years ago. That stuff was fabulous.
from Readstown, WI
I don't use it much since I like to paint lean but like to have it on hand you never know when you need it.The quality is excellent.
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