Recommended Painting Mediums
Refined Linseed Oil
Mixed with an equal part of Mineral Spirits, Refined Linseed Oil makes for an excellent general painting medium, adding flow to stiff paint.
When combined with the right mix of turpentine and damar varnish, this mixture becomes Mayer’s Medium, which is one of my favorite for oil painting.
I prefer Galkyd for glazing techniques, when I’m not using a traditional medium, or need a fast-drying alkyd alternative.
While I don’t use this often, when I need a fast-drying alkyd based medium, this works well. I’ve heard that it will discolor if you use too much medium in your pigment, but I have not seen that first hand. When I use this it is typically in “Duck Sauce” fashion (1/2 Liquin Original and 1/2 Mineral Spirits). That makes for a very fast, slippery medium for quick plein air painting.