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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. Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums extend that mission by giving oil painters alternatives that don't require the use of toxic solvents.
Eco-friendly Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums are handcrafted at the company's wind-powered factory in Portland, Oregon. All have been developed to support a broad range of painting techniques with minimal compromise in terms of color, dry time, texture, and mark making. They are non-toxic, contain no Gamsol or petroleum distillates, and clean up with 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.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
These are great for studio artists!
By Steven the Painter
from Hahira, GA
Comments about Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums:
I love these mediums because I often have students who are often nervous about painting at home because of fumes and smells. This is a great alternative.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
dick blick is my place for all my products.
from Dallas, ga
I am proficient in most art products. dick Blick carries a wide variety of the best label, the truest colors. And the best brushes and canvases...my favorite to work in is oils, and there are many gels, varnishes, and mediums to assist with staying a canvas and assisting paint flow. I find the price reasonable and there are plenty of special sales all year. The personnel are cheerful and helpful whether you are in the store or buying by phone, I. Which case, delivery is speedy and on time.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Doesn't speed up drying time
The liquid medium doesn't speed up drying time at all. I painted a single layer of payne's grey combined with titanium white on a standard cotton canvas, thinned down with this medium, and it's still wet 2 days later. Not just tacky, but actually wet.The little cup with liquid in it has also not formed a film, or shown any indication at all that it's drying on its own either.In the past, I've tried M. Graham's Walnut Alkyd (also non-toxic), and the little cup it was in started forming a film on top within a day. It also sped up my drying time in the paintings, so I'd recommend that one instead.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the fluid medium. The Solvent-Free Mediums have a "moderately fast" drying rate. Although paints mixed with these mediums will dry faster than paints mixed with linseed or safflower oil alone, a thin film will take 36 – 48 hours to be touch-dry (still longer for thicker films). We're sorry if this was not what you expected, and we'd like to help. We hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Department for assistance in choosing a medium that will better fit your needs. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be glad to work with you!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
love this product
from South Carolian
This is by far the best product to thin your paints. Other products are hard to open. Almost impossible in fact. The ease of using it is so much better. I just love it. I am so happy my Oil Painting teacher told me about it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good clear Medium But...
By Turp Tom
from Detroit, MI
This solvent free medium dries very clear (no yellow tint), my only problem is that it dries very slow. I thought since it had alkyd resin it would speed drying time, instead it seems to prolong it.So depending on what your after, this could be good or bad.
Merchant response: The Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is moderately fast drying, but it sounds like you might prefer the Galkyd Gel, which would more significantly speed the drying. If you ever have questions on the properties of oil mediums or other art materials, we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Department. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com, and they're happy to work with you!
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Radcliff, Ky
No fumes-good body
If fumes are a concern, this is the product for you--speeds drying time, doesn't run and no fumes
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Love it! Almost as good as the real stuff.
from Sarasota, FL
Since I haven't used mineral spirits in years, I'm comparing it with oil mediums (poppy seed, linseed and walnut. Because it has more viscosity it outdoes them all.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Southern California
I am in love with the solvent free gel medium by Gamblin. Use it for everything from medium to cleaning hands and brushes before they get to soap and water. Use only a little to make paint more lush and fluid. Do not use as a glaze without mixing with solvent thinner. Its great stuff. Its replaced my other mediums for now. Thanks Gamblin!
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Using it in an unorthodox way
from Naperville IL
I use this to improve the glide and thin out water miscible paint. (Also, I can see this as a handy traveling solvent) I know it's not advertised for this use, but I avoid solvents, and don't use water to thin water miscible paint because these paints tend to look like water colors when I use water to thin. I am careful to wipe off my brush immediately so that the gel does not dry on this brush. Caution:This Gel DOES NOT SEEM TO DISSOLVE IN WATER. However, when I was finished painting, I successfully cleaned my gel/paint coated brushes with Lava and Masters brush soap.
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