Art Spectrum Mediums
Art Spectrum painting mediums are based on sound painting principles. Art Spectrum mediums are easy to use and accurately labelled to assist the artist. They are available in a wide range of sizes for convenience and economy. Always allow adequate ventilation when using solvents and mediums.
Today’s advanced testing indicates that the use of turpentine alone as a dilutent for paints is to be avoided. It is too easy to destroy the binder and benefits of carefully milled paint. Sound painting principles involve painting from “Lean” mixtures to “Fat” mixtures of paint as this prevents cracking in the paint film during drying.
With traditional mediums this is achieved by starting with painting medium No.1, and progressively “fattening” the successive layers of paint as you work with mediums No.2 and 3 as required. If using our reduced odour range, begin with Lean Medium and then progress to Fat. This technique is essential when paintings are completed over a period of time.
Painting Medium No.1 (The Leanest)
Medium No 1 represents the first link in progressive system of painting mediums, described above. Ready to use, straight from the container. Dries overnight depending on climate. This is the safe way to achieve thin colour washes without destroying the binder of the paint. It is especially suitable for “watercolour effects”. Cit can also be used as a sealer for canvas or used for mixing tints for canvas grounds.
Painting Medium No.2 (Medium Fat)
Formulated with more Oil that No.1 and is used as the next “fastest” medium.
Painting Medium No.3 (Fattest Medium)
Thickest and oiliest, slowest drying medium. This is used as the final medium in the (progressive) sequence of No 1, 2 & 3, when paintings are completed over many successive days. Mediums No 1,2 & 3 can also be intermixed to create traditional steps in “fat over lean” sequence.
Lean Medium (Reduced Odour)
The leanest medium you should use. The same application as Art Spectrum Medium No.1, but made with Odourless Solvent instead of turpentine.
Fat Medium (Reduced Odour)
Thicker, oilier and slower drying. To be mixed with oil paint and applied as the final medium in the “fat over lean” sequence.
Liquol Painting Medium
A quick drying transparent painting and glazing medium which mixes easily with oil colour. Excellent for smooth brush work, fine detail and multiple glazes. Very adaptable, it can be used for many-layered glazing where it will give great depth and subtlety of colour. Liquol can be painted wet on wet, or left to dry before painting the next layer. Clean up with mineral or artists’ turps.
Mixture of oil and wax. Add oil colour to wax medium to achieve a translucent effect. This imparts a lustrous, satin finish. Not suitable for impasto.
Art Spectrum Glazing Gel
Quick drying, reducing the drying time of oil colours. Thixotropic painting gel, which becomes liquid when worked, can be used for moderate impasto or glazing techniques. Dries with a soft sheen.
Add colour to gel and mix well with palette knife to achieve the degree of transparency required. Cleans up with mineral or artists’ turps.
Refined Linseed Oil
Pure refined Australian linseed oil has been used for the finest artists’ oil colour for centuries. Use with artists’ oil colours and mediums.
Stand Linseed Oil
Heat thickened linseed oil. For use with artists’ colours to reduce consistency and enhance flow, and also in the preparation of oil painting mediums. Dries to a tough elastic film.