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Oil painting Mediums recipes

Updated: Nov 25

There is so much information about medium recipes, that you need to simply try them and see if any work for you. These are the recipes that work for me, I store them in little jars for up to 1 month (after which the Turpentine would have evaporated entirely). The longer they're stored for, the "fatter" they get. NOTE: I now use Gamsol instead of Turpentine! Much less harmful and can be used indoor (windows open of course).



"Lean" medium:

  • 5 parts Gamsol

  • 1 part Damar Varnish

  • 1 part Linseed Oil


"Medium" medium:

  • 2 parts Gamsol

  • 2 parts Damar Varnish

  • 1 part Linseed Oil


"Fat" medium:

  • 2 parts Gamsol

  • 1 part Damar Varnish

  • 2 parts Linseed Oil


"Very Fat" medium:

  • 4 parts Liquin

  • 2 parts Damar Varnish

  • 3 parts Linseed Oil


"Alla Prima" medium:

  • 2 parts Gamsol

  • 4 parts Liquin

  • 2 parts Damar Varnish

  • 2 parts Linseed Oil

"Quick drying mediums" for "alla prima"

  • Liquin (fine details)

  • Liquin Impasto

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