Contemporary Oil Painting Mediums

Our contemporary oil painting mediums are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Galkyd

Galkyd

Galkyd thins oil colors and increases transparency and gloss. When used in greater proportions with oil color, Galkyd will level brush-strokes, creating an enamel-like surface. Galkyd is our fastest-drying painting medium. Thin layers will be touch-dry in approximately 24 hours.
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Galkyd is available in the following sizes: 4.2 oz, 8.5 oz, 16.9 oz, 33.8 oz.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Galkyd Lite

Galkyd Lite

Galkyd Lite thins oil colors and increases transparency and gloss. When used in moderation with oil colors, Galkyd Lite will retain brushstrokes. Galkyd Lite is more fluid and less glossy compared to Galkyd. Thin layers will be touch-dry in 24 to 30 hours.
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Galkyd Lite is available in the following sizes: 4.2 oz, 8.5 oz, 16.9 oz, 33.8 oz.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Galkyd Slow Dry

Galkyd Slow Dry

Galkyd Slow Dry thins oil colors and extends working time. Galkyd Slow Dry is more fluid and less glossy than Galkyd Lite. Use one part Galkyd Slow Dry to one part oil colors to paint wet-into-wet for at least a day.
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Galkyd Slow Dry is available in the following sizes: 4.2 oz, 8.5 oz, 16.9 oz.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Neo Megilp

Neo Megilp

Neo Megilp is a contemporary version of Maroger. This soft gel medium maintains the body of oil colors, increases transparency and flow, and imparts a smooth, silky feel. Neo Megilp dries at a moderate rate and remains workable for hours. Neo Megilp gives colors a satin gloss.
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Neo Megilp is available in the following sizes: 4.2 oz, 8.5 oz, 16.9 oz.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Galkyd Gel

Galkyd Gel

Galkyd Gel is a stiffer gel compared to Neo Megilp that holds thicker, sharper brushmarks and dries more quickly. Galkyd Gel increases transparency of oil colors and creates impasto.
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G-Gel is available in the following size: 150 ml.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Wax Pastilles

Wax Pastilles

Small beads of naturally white unbleached beeswax.
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Wax Pastilles are available in the following size: 1 lb.

Oil Painting Mediums: Gamblin Cold Wax Medium

Cold Wax Medium

Cold Wax Medium is made from naturally white, pure beeswax. Formulated to knife consistency, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors, Gamblin Mediums, and Gamvar thicker and more matte. It can also be applied alone as a matte varnish. (More information on Cold Wax uses below)
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Cold Wax Medium is available in the following sizes: 4 oz, 16 oz, 128 oz.

Cold Wax uses

Painting Medium

As an oil painting medium, Cold Wax Medium can be used to make oil colors thicker and more matte. Its soft paste consistency can be thinned to brush consistency by dissolving in a small amount of Gamsol. The surface of paintings made with Cold Wax Medium will become only as hard as a beeswax candle. Please note, painters who are using more than 1/3 cold wax medium to 2/3 oil paints should paint on rigid supports (e.g. wood painting panel) or paintings may crack when moved. By mixing 1/2 Cold Wax Medium and 1/2 Galkyd Gel, painters can paint on flexible supports like stretched canvas.

Matting Agent

You may add Cold Wax Medium to Galkyd oil painting mediums or Drying Oil (linseed/Stand) to reduce gloss. Use up to 25% wax to reduce gloss in a painting medium without adversely affecting the strength and flexibility of the medium.

When adding wax to thicker mediums like Galkyd Gel, Neo Megilp or Solvent-Free Gel, blend directly with a palette knife.

When adding Cold Wax to a fluid medium, thin it first with Gamsol. On a separate palette, add a small amount of Gamsol into some Cold Wax and blend thoroughly with a palette knife until you achieve a very soft paste, nearly slurry consistency. This is your matting agent. Add the desired amount of Cold Wax slurry into a premeasured amount of fluid painting medium. Mix/shake thoroughly until you can hold the jar up to the light and it looks uniformly cloudy (no wax bits floating about).

Wax Varnish

Straight Cold Wax Medium can be applied to a dry painting as a removable, matte varnish. Once applied, the Cold Wax can be left to dry for a matte finish or gently buffed for a soft luster. Cold Wax Medium can also be used to reduce the gloss level of Gamvar Picture Varnish.

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