Oil Paints & Mediums

June 04, 2020

Other oils and mediums

In her last post Jane looked at what an artist starting out with oil painting might need to begin.

Here she reviews the alternative ranges of paint and medium available at Gadsby’s.

Qualities and types of oil paints

For the beginner Jane recommended the Winton range of oils from Winsor & Newton – see Oil paint for beginners for more detail.

For those who are feeling adventurous, who are looking to widen their experience with different ‘types’ of oils or who simply have a less restricted budget Winsor & Newton also produce other ranges:

  • Artisan – a water mixable oil colour
  • Griffin Alkyd – a fast drying oil colour
  • Artists – known for purity, quality and reliability

What is artisan oil colour?

Artisan water mixable oil colour has been developed to appear and work like a conventional oil colour.

Just like a traditional oil colour artisan is made from linseed oil and safflower oil. The difference is that the linseed oil and the safflower oil used have been modified so that they will mix and clean with water.

  • Artisan 37ml series 1 £6.10
  • Artisan 37ml series 2 £7.35
Artisan water mixable oils

What is Griffin oil colour?

Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour is a genuine oil colour made from pigment and oil modified allyd resin which can be thinned using linseed oil or solvent thinners.

Its unique formulation allows Griffin to dry quicker than most oil colours but slower than acrylic.

  • Griffin 37ml series 1 £6.10
  • Griffin 37ml series 2 £7.10
Griffin Alkyd fast drying oil colours

Why use artist’s oil colour?

Artist’s oil colour is known for its purity, quality and reliability, reflected in its world wide reputation amongst professional artist’s.


Artists oil colour 37ml tubes

  • Series 1 £8.95
  • Series 2 £11.55
  • Series 4 £21.55
  • Series 5 £31.80
Artists oil colours

Note: the series numbers for all of the paint ranges relate to the maximum pigment content and brilliance of colour. So, the higher the number the greater the content of colour.

Mediums for use with oil colour 

Turpentine 75ml £5.50

We have looked at turpentine and it’s use for thinning oil colour but what else is there?

Sansodor is ideal if you suffer from headaches from the strong odour of white spirit or turpentine. Sansodor is a great thinner without the smell of turpentine.

Purified Linseed oil 75ml £5.65

Linseed oil was discussed in Oil paint for beginners. So, what else is available?

Linseed stand oil 75ml £7.00

This oil dries slightly quicker than purified linseed oil and is an ideal glazing medium when mixed with a little solvent such a low odour thinners.

Poppy oil 75ml £7.50

Poppy oil is a lot paler oil and is particularly useful when mixing with white or lighter colours, to avoid the yellowing associated with linseed. However poppy oil does take longer to dry.

Drying linseed oil 75ml £7.50

Drying linseed oil like the other oils , it improves paint flow as well as enhancing gloss and transparency.

Drying linseed oil is also darker than the other oils, but it does dry quickly so is ideal for those who need to complete a painting to a deadline.


Liquin & liquin fine detail

Liquin oil painting medium is a fast drying alkyd medium for oil painting that offers five thicknesses for different effects.

You can mix a small amount with your oil colour to thin your paint or thicken it and it also speeds the drying time.

Liquin fine detail medium is the most fluid.

  • 75ml £7.00 
Liquin Original
Liquin Fine Detail

Gadsby’s sell all of the artists materials and supplies mentioned in this article. The prices were correct at the time of publication.

Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.


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