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Galkyd is one of those mediums that makes
you wonder if there’s anything Gamblin can’t do. This alkyd resin thins oil
paints, making them more fluid, meaning you’ll see elevated levels of
transparency and gloss. Mix in some more and you’ll change the paint’s texture,
smoothing your strokes and getting a unique, harder surface once things dry.
And that’s Galkyd’s claim to fame: its drying properties. Oil is a notoriously
slow dryer, but Galkyd speeds up the process. In that respect, maybe you could
call it a closer because it finishes up what you started. But, like many of
Gamblin’s products, it’ll probably just leave you saying "wow."
Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel gets your
paints and pencils to do what you want them to do. And, because it’s
solvent-free, you know it’s safe. The safflower oil and alkyd resin ensures the
product is gentle on you. But that doesn’t mean this gel is wimpy. No, unlike
other solvent-free mediums, Solvent-Free Gel has a ton of applications. Search
around the web or duck into any artist forum and you’ll find someone gabbing
about a new technique that uses Solvent-Free Gel as the facilitator. Really,
the uses are as limitless as your imagination, it’s just that Gamblin helps to
bridge the gap and turns your dreams into a reality. Oh, and it dries
moderately quickly; as if Solvent-Free Gel needed another virtue.
Refined Linseed Oil
Gamblin’s dedication to creating
non-toxic mediums continues to shine in its Refined Linseed Oil. Perfected
through a method consisting of pressing American flax seeds that are further
refined by an alkalai process, Gamblin’s Refined Linseed Oil works miracles
when thinning oils, especially when it comes to increasing the pop and
translucence of colors. And yes, Gamblin’s Refined Linseed Oil has very low
acidity, making it truly as “light and pure” as Gamblin’s website indicates.
Soft and silky: those are the most
common words found in Neo Meglip testimonials. This Gamblin update on Maroger
dries at a moderate rate which allows artists to fiddle with their creations
until they’re content. But the look and feel are the qualities that artists
love. Some say it bestows upon their colors a unique shimmer, a satin gloss
that increases the atmosphere. And that makes sense, as this soft gel, per
Gamblin’s website, increases “transparency and flow” which transforms oils into
a pleasing substance that has a velvety tactility. Plus, due to its makeup –
alkyd resin base sans toxic materials – it’s safe to use. Add in that it won’t
yellow whites like other mediums and you just might be writing your own glowing
testimonials after trying it.
We already know that Gamblin offers
an unbeatable combination of quality and affordability, but how about this for
stretching your dollar? Not only can you use Gamblin’s Safflower Oil as a non-toxic,
solvent-free substance for cleaning your brushes, but it’s also a great
painting medium that will amp up the flow of colors while extending the dry
time. Plus, since this medium is non-yellowing, it’s ideal for lighter colors.
Now that’s the kind of versatility that deserves the Gamblin name.
Gamblin’s Galkyd Gel’s prosaic name belies the magic contained
in every 150ml tube. Yes, it’s a “gelled alkyd resin.” But, as its many fans
can attest, it’s so much more. Why else would a search turn up testimonials
calling it the “best stuff ever”? What earns it that universally effusive
praise is how Galkyd Gel interacts with paint, increasing transparency of oils
and creating impasto of pleasing breadth and depth. Indeed, it transforms
brushmarks, sharpening and deepening them. But many are simply wowed by the
drying properties. Galkyd Gel is unique in that respect, finding a suitable
middle ground. It dries quicker than some, but slower than cheaper gels that
harden long before you want them to. That just-right ability means this gel can
be applied in multiple layers. Because of that, you’re going to want to add
multiple tubes to your toolkit.
Cold Wax Medium
Cold Wax Medium is made primarily from unbleached pure beeswax. It comes out of
the can as an inviting, natural white substance. It looks humble, but let us
tell you, this medium’s many qualities are sneakily revolutionary. With a touch
of alkyd resin and odorless mineral spirits added into the mix, Cold Wax Medium
dries to matte surface, thickening oil colors. The true advantage, though, is
its ease of use: you don’t need heat and it’s already formulated to be knife
consistency. Without having to focus on laborious set-up or safety concerns,
you can get right down to creating some truly jawdropping effects. Cold Wax
Medium adds an evocative tangibility to your colors, one that can be increased
or tamed by adding in other Gamblin mediums. Flexible and with a versatility
that can be unlocked by the truly creative, it really is a wonder that white
beeswax is able to do so much. Find out what it can do for you by picking up a
4oz jar or 16oz can today.