Mediums for oil painting allow the artist to alter the drying time, sheen, texture or transparency of paint, without undermining its structure. An oil painting medium is designed to alter the viscosity, surface finish or drying time of oil paint. Knowing when and how to use a medium will help you to control your paint, add variety to your mark-making, and broaden your technique by giving you more paint possibilities. Mediums are a mixture of just a few ingredients. It can be a combination of some or all of these: a drying oil, a solvent, a resin, and a siccative. Understanding the basics of how each ingredient behaves will help you to choose the right medium and to produce structurally sound artworks that are going to last. Our friendly staff at The PaintBox can give you expert advice on art supplies including selecting the right painting medium that will suit your own individual style. For more information check out our handy guide, click here PAINTBOX ART SUPPLIES GUIDE: OIL PAINTING MEDIUMS

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