‘Winkle Street’ ‘Artisan’ oils on 20” x 16” stretched cotton canvas
Mediums and Techniques
The ‘Artisan’ range of water-mixable mediums is comprehensive allowing for all of the painting techniques associated with traditional oil painting. Artisan oils are made using modified (to accept water molecules) Linseed or Safflower oils, these are available in 75 ml bottles so that the artist can use the ‘fat on lean’ process of painting meaning slightly more oil in each additional layer of paint and for the technique known as ‘glazing’ over painting with thin, oily layers of paint, much like a watercolour wash. In addition to Linseed and Safflower oil Winsor and Newton produce a comprehensive range of water-mixable painting mediums.
Artisan oil paint can be thinned using nothing more than water however water tends to evaporate quite rapidly and so the thinned paint thickens quite quickly on the palette, ‘Artisan’ thinner evaporates at a much slower rate thus extending the fluid workability time of the thinned paint. Water can also be combined with the thinner, using water alone tends to change the appearance of the colour mixed whereas the ‘Artisan’ thinner maintains the appearance of the colour.
Painting medium is stand oil based and as such dries slowly and remains flexible, it is great for aiding the painting of fine detail and “oiling out”, oiling out is the application of oil to an area where the paint has lost its oil to a layer underneath or ”sunk”. I use a soft lint free cloth and apply the medium in a small, circular motion.
Stand oil is basically a Linseed oil that has been heat treated to lower the oxygen level in the oil which means in effect that it dries more slowly making it ideal for the glazing technique and is also glossier and more transparent.
Fast Drying Medium
The use of the fast drying medium in our colour mixes speeds up the drying time by as much as 50%, this allows additional layers to be worked more speedily whilst thinning the colour, increasing the glossiness and transparency. When painting layers you can use it instead of linseed oil, combine it with water and/or thinner maintaining the ‘fat over lean’ principle.
By thoroughly mixing impasto medium into the paint you can maintain tube consistency whilst speeding up drying by as much as 50% and create a heavier texture than with just the paint. For thick impasto build the texture gradually allowing to dry between layers.