Painting mediums offer a great deal more than simply extending oil colors. Mediums modify the working properties of oil color from the tube – from a fluid consistency for expressive mark making to a stiff paste for creating thick, crisp marks. Painting mediums also broaden the visual qualities of our colors – from increasing the transparency of paint layers, to creating a range of surface qualities, from high gloss to matte.
Poppy oil’s slow drying time may be useful for painters using “wet into wet” techniques. Adding 10% by volume poppy oil slows down the drying time of Gamblin Galkyd Painting Mediums.