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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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The Only Medium for Me
from Beaufort, SC
Comments about Winsor & Newton Liquin Mediums:
This product is great for making paint slide from brush to canvas. Thicker paints can be thinned for glazes. Drying time is shortened, giving the artist the ability to work every day without the agonizing wait for paint to dry between layers.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Sure speeds up drying time!
I use this product and have for a long time...Great for glazing and sure helps speed up the drying time!!
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Been using since 1982
By Found Dory
from Birmingham, AL
I'm a professional oil painter and I've used Liquin since 1982 when I started painting in college. My professor introduced it to us, and made lifelong users out of us. I've tried countless other mediums over the years and have found nothing that meets my requirements like Liquin. Its consistency is fluid and manageable, and stays moveable long enough for me to finish an area. Its drying time is usually overnight, which is perfect for my pace. I've tried other mediums that start getting sticky while I'm working, but then don't dry completely for a week. I've been selling Liquid to my students for 12 years, and in the 1000+ students that I've had, only one has ever decided on a different medium after shopping around. (And she complains about the other medium all the time!)
from Snyder, TX
I use this to thin my oils and then to coat as glazes during the painting process and to seal it with one last coat. I have used it for years and swear by it. In fact, I would be lost without it. Oils and I have had a relationship for 70 years.
Liquin can't be beat
from Syracuse, NY
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.
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.
By a customer
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
Liquin is a very useful medium used to speed the drying time of your oil paint. Learn about the different Liquin Mediums from Winsor & Newton. We'll explain what each one is best used for and how to integrate it into your painting process.
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