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Since 1980, Gamblin has handcrafted luscious oil colors and contemporary painting mediums that are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent. Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums extend that mission by giving oil painters alternatives that don't require the use of toxic solvents.
Eco-friendly Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums are handcrafted at the company's wind-powered factory in Portland, Oregon. All have been developed to support a broad range of painting techniques with minimal compromise in terms of color, dry time, texture, and mark making. They are non-toxic, contain no Gamsol or petroleum distillates, and clean up with soap and water.
Solvent Free Fluid Medium
Eco-friendly Solvent-Free Fluid Medium gives oil paints a more fluid consistency and moderately speeds drying time.
Solvent-Free Gel Medium
Made from safflower oil and alkyd resin, eco-friendly Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel gives colors more gloss, flow, and transparency, yet holds the shape of brushstrokes. It has a moderately fast drying rate.
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Great medium for oils
from Macon, GA
Comments about Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Mediums:
This gel medium speeds the drying time of oils. Since it is in a tube, it is so convenient to use. When I put mix my paints to the color I want, I squeeze just a bit from the tube right beside it to mix in before painting. It works great! I have previously used a different product that comes in a jar, this one is so much more convenient and easy to use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A bit draggy on the brush. Still have to use solvent.
By Too many brushes
from Houston, Texas
Bought the liquid version hoping to do some glazing, and it was a bit too goopy and draggy on the brush. Did not like the texture.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good alternative to traditional solvents
from Indianapolis, IN
I've only just started using Gamblin solvent-free medium, but so far it is working well. It is almost entirely odorless, and I love knowing that I am using a health-conscious alternative to solvents.
Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Medium is awesome!
from Northern California
I use this medium for studio, plein air, and for demonstrating in the classroom. It's convenient, has a great consistency, it can be used alone, and dries with a better sheen than regular Galkyd. The drying time may depend upon ones climate, a specific paint (that may have more oil or slower drying time) and the thickness of a paint layer. I used it the other day on a warm summer day, and it wasn't even tacky within 6-8 hours.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
These are great for studio artists!
By Steven the Painter
from Hahira, GA
I love these mediums because I often have students who are often nervous about painting at home because of fumes and smells. This is a great alternative.
(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
dick blick is my place for all my products.
from Dallas, ga
I am proficient in most art products. dick Blick carries a wide variety of the best label, the truest colors. And the best brushes and canvases...my favorite to work in is oils, and there are many gels, varnishes, and mediums to assist with staying a canvas and assisting paint flow. I find the price reasonable and there are plenty of special sales all year. The personnel are cheerful and helpful whether you are in the store or buying by phone, I. Which case, delivery is speedy and on time.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Doesn't speed up drying time
The liquid medium doesn't speed up drying time at all. I painted a single layer of payne's grey combined with titanium white on a standard cotton canvas, thinned down with this medium, and it's still wet 2 days later. Not just tacky, but actually wet.The little cup with liquid in it has also not formed a film, or shown any indication at all that it's drying on its own either.In the past, I've tried M. Graham's Walnut Alkyd (also non-toxic), and the little cup it was in started forming a film on top within a day. It also sped up my drying time in the paintings, so I'd recommend that one instead.
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the fluid medium. The Solvent-Free Mediums have a "moderately fast" drying rate. Although paints mixed with these mediums will dry faster than paints mixed with linseed or safflower oil alone, a thin film will take 36 – 48 hours to be touch-dry (still longer for thicker films). We're sorry if this was not what you expected, and we'd like to help. We hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Department for assistance in choosing a medium that will better fit your needs. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com, and they'll be glad to work with you!
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
love this product
from South Carolian
This is by far the best product to thin your paints. Other products are hard to open. Almost impossible in fact. The ease of using it is so much better. I just love it. I am so happy my Oil Painting teacher told me about it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good clear Medium But...
By Turp Tom
from Detroit, MI
This solvent free medium dries very clear (no yellow tint), my only problem is that it dries very slow. I thought since it had alkyd resin it would speed drying time, instead it seems to prolong it.So depending on what your after, this could be good or bad.
Merchant response: The Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is moderately fast drying, but it sounds like you might prefer the Galkyd Gel, which would more significantly speed the drying. If you ever have questions on the properties of oil mediums or other art materials, we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Department. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they're happy to work with you!
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Radcliff, Ky
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