Liquin is an alkyd based medium that has been formulated for use with oil paints. The Liquin alkyd mediums are made by treating a natural oil like Linseed Oil with alcohol and acid, hence the name “alkyd”. Alkyds speed up the drying time of conventional oil paints by about 50%. So an oil paint that usually takes 2-12 days to dry to the touch, will now take 1-6 days to dry to the touch.
Apart from speeding up the drying time of oil paints, Liquin mediums also have other uses that are described in the video below.
Liquin mediums are available in a variety of different consistencies depending on the effect you are after.
This was the first Liquin medium. This is a low gloss medium that will improve flow and transparency. This is especially useful for paints that are very stiff out of the tube.
Liquin Fine Detail
Liquin Fine Detail medium is the most fluid of all the Liquin mediums. It is made specifically for those artists that do very fine detailed work and do not want any brush marks to show.
Liquin Light Gel
Liquin Light Gel medium is a thixotropic gel medium. Thixotropic mediums have a thick viscous consistency in their normal state but will become thinner and flow easier as you begin to work with them. Great medium for glazing and will dry to a gloss film with an increased resistance to yellowing.
This medium has a really thick consistency which is why it is available in tubes. Its a quick drying, non yellowing medium with a semi-gloss finish. It is an impasto medium which means it is ideal for those artist who like to lay their paint on thickly and like to retain those crisp brush strokes.
This medium like the impasto also comes in a tube and looks very similar only there are some differences. Unlike the impasto medium, oleopasto will dry to a semi matte finish. It will dry quicker, thicken more rapidly and the brush strokes will level out as opposed to the high peaks that you get with the impasto.
Blick Presents: Winsor & Newton Liquin Mediums