The Oil Painting Mediums

An oil paint already produces wonderful results all on its own, but you can further enhance it with the use of certain modifiers that can be added to it to change its thickness, shade, and behavior. Many artists in Singapore use a bit of oil to make oil paints more workable, as many of these paints are very thick straight out from their tube. Also, it should be noted that artists have different opinions when it comes to the quality and efficacy of oil painting medium. That’s why you need to explore and make your own analysis and opinion. And most importantly, before using any oil painting medium, read and understand instructions on labels and always with gloves on to prevent skin allergy reaction.


Linseed Oil

One of the most commonly available oil in oil painting Singapore shops is the linseed oil. This oil is made from flax plant seeds and adds transparency and gloss to paints. It dries thoroughly, which makes it ideal for primary layers and under paintings. Refined linseed oil is a pale to light shade yellow oil that dries in three to four days. Another type is the cold pressed linseed, which dries a bit faster than refined linseed and is known as the linseed oil with the best quality.

Stand Oil

The thicker form of linseed oil is the stand oil, with a slower drying time than the previous ones. This oil has a drying period of more than a week, though it will still remain gluey to the touch for some time. Stand oil, when combined with turpentine or other solvent, produces enamel-like gloss without any trace of brush marks, making it ideal for glazing.

Poppy Seed Oil

This oil has very pale color, more translucent and less likely to turn yellow than linseed, which makes it an ideal partner for whites and other pale-shade colors. Additionally, it gives the oil paint similar consistency of a soft butter. It also takes longer to dry, from five to seven six to eight days, which makes it ideal for wet on wet works. Since poppy seed oil dries less thoroughly and slowly, do not use this as under layer of a painting in vinci art gallery in singapore when doing wet on dry works and when applying thick paints in oil painting Singapore, as it may cause the paint to crack when it completely dries.

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Walnut Oil

This oil has soft yellow-brown shade (pale hue with a slight hint of green when newly extracted) with a unique aroma. Since walnut is categorized as thin oil, it is ideal to make pure oil paint more liquid. And since it turns yellow less than linseed, it mixes best with pale colors and dries in four to five days. Walnut oil is quite expensive, but just like any other art supplies, you’re buying it for its optimum quality.

Boiled Oils

These oils have been boiled and processed with a dryer in order to come up with fast-drying oil that gives a smooth finish. Boiled oils tend to darken with age, that’s why they’re best applied as lower layers of dark colors and paintings. If you are unsure of how the oil turns out as it dries, take time to do a test rather than damaging and losing a whole painting in SIngapore.

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