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Liquin is a durable, non-yellowing medium for thinning oil and alkyd colors, and speeding drying time. Winsor & Newton has extended its popular line of Liquin with a variety of superb, new products.
Liquin Fine Detail
The most fluid of the Liquin family of products, this gloss medium is ideal for fine detailed work, for producing a smooth surface picture, or in smoothly blended areas where brushmarks are not desired. The modern alternative to traditional copal mediums that were based on natural resins and offered fast-drying properties to artists, Fine Detail approximately halves the drying time of oil color, depending on the proportions added. It is touch-dry in one to five days, depending on the climate, colors used, and film weight. It is not recommended for use as a varnish or final coat.
This is a semi-gloss, quick-drying, non-yellowing impasto medium that retains crisp textures and brush strokes without any visible leveling. It also extends tube color, provides bulk, and allows more blending time. When dry, it forms a flexible, tough film that can be varnished in the normal way. Use it for heavier brush work or palette knives. It is not recommended for use as a varnish or final coat.
Liquin Light Gel
This Liquin formulation is a slight gel that breaks down on brushing (thixotropic) and flows out to give a non-drip effect when mixed with color. It is ideal for glazing, and dries to a gloss film that has an increased resistance to yellowing. Liquin Light Gel offers all the handling properties traditionally seen with the historic Meglip mediums but without the tendencies to crack and yellow that are normally associated with mastic mediums. It is not recommended for use as a varnish or final coat.
A semi-matte, quick-drying medium, Winsor & Newton Liquin Oleopasto has a soft gel consistency with some brush drag, ideal for leveling crisp brushmarks and providing bulk in impasto and texture work. When added to paint, Liquin Oleopasto extends tube color. When dry, it retains knife and brushstrokes and won't level out. It dries to a crack-resistant, virtually non-yellowing film.
This reliable favorite (formerly known simply as "Liquin") is a general-purpose low gloss medium that improves flow and transparency. It mixes easily with the brush or knife, smoothes brushwork, and is also suitable for textured oil techniques. Liquin Original approximately halves the drying time of oil colors, resulting in a drying time of anywhere from one to five days, depending on climate, colors used, and film weight. It is not recommended as a varnish or final coat.
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Liquin can't be beat
from Syracuse, NY
Comments about Winsor & Newton Liquin Mediums:
I have used Liquin for 35 years. It is not best when used thickly; for that explore MSA gel from Golden Artist Colors. I dilute it with gum turps to make fluid paint that dries over night in warm weather. It has a somewhat matte finish that I like but you can adjust it with damar or spray later. If mixed with paint directly to achieve a buttery texture.As far as I know, a 'generic' alternative does not exist anymore (miss you, Daniel Smith.) Buying in bulk offsets the relatively high price of WN products.
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Love this stuff!
from State College, PA
I have used Liquid for years, and it always works great and provides a nice matte surface when dry. Use it up quickly tough, as it seems to dry up in the bottle in a few months.
from Elkton, Ky
The chances are, that most of us want professional results in ourart, that begins with professional materials. There is nothing on the market that is more professional than "Windsor & Newton products. They have been here from the beginning, and they have always been superior. I have used many products in the last 50+years I have been painting in oil, and nothing compares or even comes close to them.
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from New Mexico
Original Liquin has been perfect for me for many years. Recently the product has been inconsistent in consistency. Of the last 3 purchases of 2.5 L. cans, 2 have been thin and runny - abouot like buttermilk. It does not quite hold a brush mark as it used to. I hope they get this solved.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear about the quality issues you've had with the Liquin, and we'd like to look into this for you. We hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team so we can get a batch number from you and investigate. Just give us a call at 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am - 5:30pm CST) or email us at email@example.com.
Tried and true
A classic. I will occasionally use a medium for fine work, but this is the go-to.
Good medium, good price
I paint with oils. I use Liquin Original. It speeds drying time and makes paint flow. I could paint without it, but I really miss it if it's not on my palette
Helpful and easy to use!
from Hendersoville, TN
Along with my 20 students I use Liquin all the time. It is easy and effective, I can highly recommend it!
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from Leesburg, VA
I haven't used my recent purchase yet, but I've purchased things from Dick Blick for years. They have great selection, good prices, and are reliable to deliver quickly.
RENAISSANCE PAINTERS WOULD HAVE KILLED FOR THIS ...
from Staunton, Virginia
Winsor & Newton's LIQUIN PAINTING MEDIA are precisely what the great oil painters dreamed about for hundreds of years: an oil paint additive that would greatly speed "drying" (although 'curing' is more accurate), while also enhancing interlayer cohesiveness, flexibility and structural strength. I've used Liquin in all my oil paintings for decades, and my long-term experiences with it have enabled me to apply its astonishing versatilities to dazzling effect.Of the wide range of technical charactaristics = creative effects Liquin offers, by far it is Liquin's ability to cure even relatively thick paint passages enough ***overnight*** so as to be able to continue working the painting safely the next day. Normal room temperature and humidity, leaning the painting(s) against a wall, and using a small electric room fan to provide air flow = increased oxygen for the curing process is how I've accomplished this for years. The range of creative effects enabled by this relatively fast curing time is stunning, because of Liquin's most amazing technical aspect of all: with experience and experimentation, I discovered that Liquin gradually, and predictably, offers you hours of working time as it eventually locks you out. Put another way ... throughly mixing 1:1 with a given colour starts Liquin's "Timer", which at first provides a very "fast" = very liquid and loose emulsion ... which then, over about 4-5 hours, gradually and predictably "slows" = increasingly thickens ... until you eventually get "locked out" = the paint becomes too thick to move by most application and manipulation implements.Oil paint texture (thickness) for my work is ***absolutely everything,*** inasmuch it enables the fullest orchestration of perceptual effects and affects into symbolic symphony-- and Liquin offers me every perceptual instrument and note, in as large an orchestra as I need. I'll illustrate that elegantly incomprehensible statement by attaching an image of one of my recent "Vitreal Lumorphic" (a descriptive term I had to invent) alla prima oil paintings, which I actually paint both backwards-- and essentially unobservable and unseen during production-- on the reverse side of glass panels ... hence my term "Vitreal Lumorphic", which means "Glass Light Form". This under-glass wholly Liquin-infused oil painting is a triptych = three 5x7" glass panels which, for production, were firmly secured side-by-side on a production support panel so as to provide a continuous, uninterrupted image "widescreen panorama" for its subject = even when the 3 panels are eventually separated and framed for the triptych, the panel-to-panel image flow is continuous, uninterrupted. This is a subliminal yet powerful technique.As both a master's level sociopsychologist and fine artist, I at times explore intensely horrific aspects of Humanity ... and by carefully timing Liquin's predictable thickening of my oil colours, I achieved all of the effects in the attached painting alla prima, in less than one hour. I also have attached another alla prima glass triptych I produced during the same "run". This particular piece demonstrates how Liquin enables fantastic optical effects.
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HOW LIQUIN'S OIL PAINT TEXTURE ENHANCEMENT WORKS
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LIQUIN'S FANTASTIC OPTICAL EFFECTS RANGE
from Fredericksburg, Texas
I use this medium when painting and then when dry, I use it as a glaze.
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