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Made with the same vegetable oils used to formulate oil colors — namely linseed, safflower, and poppy — drying oils are used to modify the consistency and drying time of oil paints in much the same way as prepared mediums. The different methods of processing these oils results in a range of various drying rates, consistencies, and colors.
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed Linseed Oil is a slightly yellow oil that is extracted without the use of heat. Add it to colors to reduce their consistency, improve flow, and increase gloss and transparency, while reducing brush marks. Cold Pressed Linseed Oil dries slightly quicker than Winsor & Newton Refined Linseed Oil and may exhibit better flow with some colors.
Drying Linseed Oil
Darker in color than Refined Linseed Oil, Drying Linseed Oil promotes the fastest drying rate of all the Winsor & Newton oil mediums, while also increasing gloss.
Drying Poppy Oil
The palest of all the drying oils, Poppy Oil is specially formulated for use with white and pale colors. It reduces the consistency of oil paints while increasing their gloss and transparency. It also resists yellowing and is enhanced with siccatives to increase the drying speed of this naturally slower-drying oil.
Linseed Stand Oil
Winsor & Newton Linseed Stand Oil is a pale, viscous oil that can be mixed with turpentine or white (mineral) spirits to improve the flow and leveling of oil colors. It retards drying but imparts a tough, elastic finish. Well-suited for glazing and for fine detail, Linseed Stand Oil is resistant to yellowing while increasing the durability of the film. This is the best oil to use as an additive medium.
Refined Linseed Oil
Winsor & Newton's most popular oil offers many of the same qualities as Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed Linseed Oil, but is slower-drying. Refined Linseed Oil is an alkali-refined oil of pale color that reduces oil color consistency and increases gloss and transparency.
Refined Safflower Oil
A pale, very slow-drying oil ideally suited for use with white and pale colors, Safflower Oil improves the flow of oil paints while also increasing their gloss and transparency. This oil is best used on its own, as it may cause cracking if overpainted with linseed oil.
Thickened Linseed Oil
A pale refined oil of syrupy consistency, Winsor & Newton Thickened Linseed Oil speeds drying time even more than Winsor & Newton Bleached Linseed Oil. It improves flow and gloss, and increases the durability of the film. This oil behaves like Linseed Stand Oil but dries quicker and darker.
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By Hima Pamoedjo
from Chicago, ILLINOIS
Comments about Winsor & Newton Drying Mediums for Oils:
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great for creating transparent layers
from Arnold, MO
I use the refined linseed oil because of its lighter color. I mix the oil with my paints to try and create a semi transparent feel when creating my paintings. I paint on Arches oil paper and work on several paintings at a time. I create my compositions through multiple layers allowing each layer to dry before adding the next layer, it takes a lot longer creating pieces like this but the results give a depth that I have not yet been able to replicate through other mediums.
By Suratal Art
I paint with oil on canvas and this product is always necessary to me
Dries very quickly!
from los angeles
I very much like this product. I like it as well if not better than Liquin; however I never thought I was going to get the bottle open. I'm pretty strong and this bottle is defective. I would give a 5 star if W&N would work out the bottle issue--apparently I'm not the only one who almost gave up on getting it open from what I've read online.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Impossible to Open
By Artist lady
Blick should take this product off it's list because the caps are almost impossible to open. I looked online and apparently I am not alone- everyone has this complaint. They should change their caps or Blick should not carry this item! I wasted so much time trying to open it.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize for the issue you're having with the caps on this bottle. Our Customer Care Team is more than happy to help you with this. Just give us a call at 1-800-723-2787 for further assistance.
winsor newton drying medium
from NYC area
always buy winsor newton- one of the best products for oil painting
Drying Linseed Oil
from Tehachapi, CA
I really like this product & I find it easier to use than Liquin which I have used for years. I mix it with OMS & it stays workable long enough for me to work several hours. But then, it's dry the next day (I do live in a dry area), just like Liquin. The paint dries with some gloss & doesn't "sink in" as much as with Liquin - unless you use Liquin undiluted, which Is not the way I use it. My main complaint is the size of the bottle. I won't keep buying it unless they come out with a larger size.
This video explains the differences between Winsor & Newton Refined Linseed, Linseed Stand, and Drying Linseed Oils. Understanding what each of these mediums will do can help you achieve successful oil painting technique.
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