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These mediums are specially formulated to control, enhance, and protect artworks created with Artisan Water Mixable Oils. Offering soap and water cleanup, they're ideal for the painter seeking to avoid the use of hazardous solvents.
Note — Artisan Water Mixable Oil Painting Mediums are not to be used with traditional oil colors. As with traditional oils, it is always best to choose one medium and use it throughout the whole painting.
Fast Drying Medium
This popular medium improves flow and speeds drying time by approximately 50%, allowing layers of paint to be applied more quickly. Boasting an improved formulation that now helps wet the colors better, it smoothes brushwork and increases gloss and transparency, making it excellent for glazing and producing fine detail. It is also resistant to yellowing. When painting in layers, it can be substituted for Artisan Linseed Oil and be combined with water and/or Artisan Thinner to maintain the "fat over lean" rule (each successive layer must have more oil in it than the previous one).
This medium thickens Artisan Water Mixable Oils for impasto and texturing and also speeds drying time. Always mix Artisan Impasto Medium thoroughly into colors. For thick impastos, build up the texture in several layers, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next.
The main binder in the Artisan Water Mixable Oil Color line and the most commonly used of all the Artisan Mediums, Artisan Linseed Oil reduces the consistency and improves the flow of the paints, while also increasing gloss and transparency. It can be combined with water or Artisan Thinner to maintain the structure of the paint film and can also be used when painting in layers to maintain the "fat over lean" rule (each successive layer must have more oil in it than the previous one).
This medium thins the consistency of Artisan Water Mixable Oils, improves the flow and wetting of colors, and also aids in fine detail work. It dries slowly to a flexible film and is good for "oiling out" (applying an oil medium to a painting that has sunk, or lost its oil, to the layer underneath).
Lighter in color than Artisan Linseed Oil, Artisan Safflower Oil is sometimes used as a binder in paler Artisan Water Mixable Oils to maintain their brightness. If you are painting with a lighter palette, Artisan Safflower Oil may be a preferable choice for reducing paint consistency and for increasing gloss and transparency. Artisan Safflower Oil is slow drying and should not be used under faster drying layers (e.g. Artisan Fast Drying Medium, umbers, etc.).
A more durable type of Linseed Oil, Stand Oil is partially polymerized by being heated in the absence of oxygen, thereby producing a longer drying time. The benefit of Artisan Water Mixable Stand Oil is that it produces a paler, more flexible film that Artisan Linseed Oil with excellent leveling properties. It is therefore a good glazing medium and can be combined with water or Artisan Thinner for this purpose. It also increases gloss and transparency.
As a substitute for water or combined with it, low odor Artisan Thinner is specially formulated to dilute Artisan Water Mixable Oils. It provides a more oily consistency than water and does not form an emulsion with the paint, thereby producing less color change. It may also be combined with Artisan Fast Drying Medium, Artisan Linseed Oil, and Artisan Stand Oil.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Winsor & Newton products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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Note — Artisan Oil Painting Mediums are not to be used with traditional oil colors. As with traditional oils, it is always best to choose one medium and use that throughout the whole painting.
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Oil and water DO mix
By The canvas queen
from Billings, Montana
Comments about Winsor & Newton Winsor & Newton Artisan Oil Painting Mediums:
I sell art materials and always used traditional oils and mediums, but I often talk to painters who have had to give them up because of health or environmental concerns. I had tentatively suggested Artisan oils, but until recently hadn't tried them myself. I have now taught several introductory classes and a series of painting classes in a small room. No one has been bothered by the smell or fumes and they are charmed by the traditional handling with the convenience of soap and water clean up.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Glad I got the gloss as I think the satin wouldn't have been shinny enough.Good product.
I actually use this with the Daler-Rowney Georgian water mixable oils and I really like it. It's a lot better than using water.
A mainstay for my technique
By A painter without a nickname
from Arroyo Grande,CA
A useful medium when using water soluable oils, regardless of the brand
Great alternative to water
from Auburn, Ma
Just using water as a thinner for water-mixable oils has it's drawbacks. Sometimes the water actually separates the colors when mixed. The Artisan Water Mixable Thinner has a slightly oily consistency and works fabulous with water-based oils and the brushes clean up better. I never use water as a thinner anymore. The Artisan thinner keeps the oils workable longer and doesn't dry as fast as using water.
A must when working with water soluble oil colors
By Passionate Peg
Really helps to cut down on drying time. Struggled to open the cap but once accomplished, product was invaluable especially softening some older dryer paints in my collection.
i will buy this product again
worked as advertised
from Midland MI
I was so glad to see other companies jump into the water mixable oils. This medium works very well.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fragrance Free Safflower Oil Medium
from Santa Fe, NM
I was looking for a low fragrance medium to use with the water mixable oils. I was so relieved to find I can use this product.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I've bought this medium for years now!
By Mini painter
from Livermore , ca.
I really enjoy this medium. It doesn't dry out in the bottle and leave a big solid lump like some of the other mediums that I have bought. It lasts a lot longer that way! Seems to be just the right consistency to add to my oils for fine detail work.. It doesn't not make it dry faster or slower. I use them with the water mixable pants as well as my traditional oils and I've never had a problem with it.
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