Oil Painting Mediums – A Beginner’s Guide

 

Oil painting mediums are used to change the properties of paint. They thin oil paint, make it dry faster or slower, improve the flow, and increase the gloss or transparency. If you’re new to oil painting, learning about different mediums and how to use them will help you create the effects you want in your paintings.

When I started oil painting again, navigating all of the mediums to use had my head spinning. There is a lot to learn but my advice is to start with the most simple method and then build on that as you grow as an artist.

What are oil painting mediums?

Oil painting mediums are additives. They are made from natural or synthetic substances and used for a variety of purposes.

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