Oil paint is a slow-drying paint that consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil. The viscosity of the paint may be modified by the addition of a solvent such as turpentine or white spirit, and varnish which may be added to increase the glossiness of the dried oil paint film. Oil paints blend well with each other, making subtle variations of color possible as well as creating details of light and shadow. Oil paints can be diluted with turpentine or other thinning agents, which artists take advantage to paint in layers. The advantage of the slow-drying quality of oil paint is that an artist can develop a painting gradually. As opposed to acrylics that tend to dry quicker and prevent the artist from making changes or corrections over the course of the painting. With oil-based paints, revising is comparatively easy. The disadvantage is that a painting might take up to 6 months to fully be touch dry and months or even years to be completely finished.




Artists Grade Oil
Gamblin carries two different oil lines that fit your oil painting needs and budget. Their Artist Grade Oil Colors are a high end quality paint, utilizing the best pigments possible for your oil colors.


1980 Oils
The 1980 Oil line is formulated with pure pigments, the finest refined linseed oil and marble dust at an affordable price. The 1980 Oil line is perfect for students or for artists that are just starting out with oils.
Artists Oils
Holbein Artist Oil is smooth, highly pigmented and the color range incorporates both traditional colors and modern pigments. All colors are ground up to 10 times in order to achieve a uniform viscosity across the entire palette of 167 colors. For the artist, this uniform viscosity ensures that every color will perform in the same vivid and smooth manner.


 Artists Oils
M.Graham’s artists oil colors are made with walnut oil that has been preferred by artists for centuries.  It provides rich, vibrant color that is naturally more alive and brilliant. Free flowing and slower drying, their oil color enables delicate passages of finely blended color that will retain its brilliance over time.
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 Artists Oil Color
Carry five different oil colors lines that fit your style or technique. Artists’ Oil Color, which is their highest quality traditional range with 119 colors. Each color is carefully formulated for stability, tinting strength and coverage. Use them thickly with palette knives or brushes, or thin them to a very fine glaze.


Winton Oil Color
Winton Oil Color, offering quality at an affordable price with a range of range of 47 colors it is perfect for artists who need large quantities of color. All of the tones have been carefully made to bring out the best of each pigment, so you can create bold and vibrant artworks.


 Artisan Water Mixable Oil
Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colors are oils that can be thinned down and cleaned up with water. They are good for artists who share a workspace or don’t want solvents in school or at home. They come in 40 vibrant tones with a thick, buttery consistency so you can use them in a variety of ways. They also have their own selection of special thinners, oils and mediums.


Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil
Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colors dry much more quickly which means impasto and glazing techniques can be done in a single session. There are 48 tones and these have a slightly greater level of transparency for increased depth and clarity when glazing. The Griffins are a bit more fluid in consistency than traditional oils and tend to dry with a somewhat more reflective surface.


Oil Bar
Winsor & Newton Oilbar (oil color in a stick) combines the buttery consistency of oil paint with the freedom and immediacy of charcoal and pastels. Oilbars are made to a special formulation of linseed or safflower oil and wax. You can use them on their own or with tube oil color with 50 tones to choose from.

Oil Painting Mediums are various mediums artists can use to enhance the properties of oil paints fresh from the tube. Mediums focus on certain properties such as drying time, the viscosity of the paint and finish of the paint after it has been completed. Each oil paint tends to have its own line of mediums that generally correspond with their line of paint. Although they do not necessarily have to go together they are recommend from company to company.



Gamblin’s 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.


M. Graham carries a series of walnut mediums to correspond with their walnut oil based paints. Concentrated Walnut/Alkyd Medium is designed to thin the color, accelerates drying, enhances adhesion between layers and increases surface sheen and flexibility while remaining essentially non-yellowing. Along with the medium there is also a walnut oil which effectively removes color from artists’ brushes and is beneficial in holding the essential oils from the artists’ brushes.  The addition of walnut oil to color will slow down drying time, enhance flow and increase sheen.


 Weber mediums ensures the best results to enhance and protect your work. They have an excellent selection of varnishes, low flow additives, texture mediums and more.
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Winsor & Newton carries oils, mediums, varnishes & solvents that perfectly complement their color ranges, allowing oil painters to control, enhance and protect your work. Oils are used to modify consistency, gloss and drying times. Mediums help increase gloss, improve flow or add texture. Varnishes protect paintings from dirt & grease but also enhance color depth to paintings. Solvents are best for cleaning oil painting brushes, palettes and surfaces.