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Utrecht has been making affordable, professional-quality art supplies in Brooklyn, New York, since 1949. The company's Oil Mediums reflect Utrecht's dedication to helping artists realize their vision without spending a fortune. All products are manufactured in the USA using the finest raw materials and are 100% guaranteed for quality. Offered in a wide range of formulations, there's a Utrecht Oil Medium for virtually every application and effect you'd like to achieve.
Classic Oil Painting Medium
Utrecht's exclusive blend of damar gum, linseed oil, and artist's pure gum turpentine makes oil colors more fluid, enhances their gloss level, increases their brilliance, and makes the final paint film more flexible and durable. A great general-purpose medium, Utrecht Classic Oil Painting Medium is made in the USA.
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
A widely used painting oil made from ripened flax seeds, Utrecht Cold Pressed Linseed Oil is extracted without the use of heat or chemicals. Because of its purity, most artists consider it superior to standard linseed oil, especially for mulling your own handmade oil paints. It is handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York.
Copal is a natural resin medium historically used by the Flemish masters to achieve their strikingly brilliant, enamel-like glazes. Utrecht Copal Medium is a modern improvement made from a blend of natural copal, synthetic resin, and refined turpentine. Light amber in color and fluid in consistency, it thins oil colors, enhances their transparency, imparts gloss, speeds initial tack, and also supports adhesion between layers. Unlike damar, copal is solvent-resistant when dry, so it's perfect for clean lifts when glazing. Whites and pale colors blended with Utrecht Copal Medium retain brightness and resist the staining that can occur from subsequent applications of color. Dark colors appear deeper, more vibrant, and retain a wet appearance after drying. Utrecht Copal Medium is made in the USA.
The traditional choice for diluting oil paints and alkyds, for cleaning brushes and tools, and for mixing your own custom mediums, Utrecht Gum Turpentine is distilled from wood and is a better choice than mineral spirits for fine art applications. Like most organic solvents, it can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, and should always be used with caution in well-ventilated spaces. It is made in the USA.
Utrecht Japan Drier is an ideal medium for gilding oil paintings. The name comes from the 17th century European practice of "Japanning," a process designed to imitate Asian lacquerwork. Simply apply Utrecht Japan Drier to your painting surface and allow it to dry to a high tack, then apply gold or silver leafing, smooth, and burnish. It is made in the USA.
An affordable alternative to cold pressed linseed oil and sufficiently pure for most painting applications, Utrecht Linseed Oil is an alkali-refined linseed oil that meets the demands of discriminating professionals. It is derived from seeds of the flax plant. Mix it with oil colors to give them a more transparent, fluid consistency and extend their drying time (useful for wet-in-wet techniques). Utrecht Linseed Oil is handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York.
Odorless Paint Thinner
Utrecht Odorless Paint Thinner is ideal for thinning oil paints and alkyds and also for cleaning brushes and painting tools. It does not have the irritating odor of traditional paint thinner or the impurities of mineral spirits. It is made in the USA.
Naturally neutral in color, Utrecht Safflower Oil is a good vehicle for painting with whites and transparent colors. It makes oil colors more fluid, increases their transparency, and has less of a tendency to yellow over time than linseed oil. It is handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York.
This heavy-bodied oil adds elasticity and moisture to paints, improves their flow, makes them more transparent, and helps with leveling. Utrecht Stand Oil is made from linseed oil that has been heated in an oxygen-starved environment to thicken it to a high viscosity. Use it instead of regular linseed oil to create enamel-like glazes with less visible brushwork. It is handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York.
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