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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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from Lake County, IL
Comments about Winsor & Newton Winsor & Newton Artisan Oil Painting Mediums:
Reviewing just the quick-drying medium. I originally wrote a review and complained that the quick drying medium was difficult to work with and stayed sticky for a long time. It's worse than that. Several months later, it's still sticky. It never dries. The entire oil painting, including the parts that were painted with linseed and safflower oil, is completely dry, and the quick dry medium is still disgusting and sticky. I don't know what I'm going to do with the painting.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Good except for the quick drying medium
The safflower oil performed as expected. The quick drying medium is gross and useless. It's too thick for good coverage, but self leveling so no good for texture. It gets sticky right away, but still takes several days to dry completely.
from Pittsburgh, PA
Works as expected.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Product works for me
I use only a little of it instead of water for my water mixable oils. I have used it also to wash together background flowers.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I mix the regular thinner and the linseed together
By Joy Star
i must give the winsor newton mediums a "5" because i don't know any different being new to oil painting. I love the water mixables and having used regular oils first along with odorless turp and then odorless thinner, the toxic qualities were pretty severe and l nearly asphyxiated myself during clean up. I ordered both the water mixable regular thinner and the water mixable linseed oil and use them ½ and ½, dipping my brush in the mixture or adding a drop or two from a dropper to the water-mixable oil paint. Seems the canvas dries to touch much faster than when I was using the regular oils. I'm not certain how the artesian water mixable linseed oil compares to regular linseed oil. Mediums confuse the heck out of me so I probably shouldn't even rate this except to say the artesian medium thins the paint nicely. I hope this review helps somebody somehow.
Great priduct definitly will be part of my supplies
from West bloomfield, mi.
Makes painting fun.
from Glenwood Springs CO
It does what it claims.
I use this with artisan oils which are water miscible
Excellent Quality Product
from Mount Vernon, NY
We have used several different brands of water mixable mediums in our high school level advanced painting classes -- this product is by far the best quality. I strongly recommend the Artisan linseed oil and thinner.
Excellent quality water mixable linseed oil
We have used several different brands of water mixable linseed oils in my high school level painting classes. The Winsor & Newton Artisan brand achieves best results.
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