We at Jackson’s Art Supplies are all artists and we understand that artists are looking for the best materials at the best prices. To answer this need we have created ranges of our own brand art materials. The Jackson’s brand means good quality and excellent value. Our range of painting mediums for use with oil colours is no exception.
Oil Painting Mediums each have their own purpose and the artists chooses which they will use based on their particular need. The mediums will thin or thicken oil colour, make it dry faster or slower, glossier or more matte. All mediums contain oil or resin that fulfills the basic oil painting rule of ‘fat over lean’, meaning that if you paint in layers you should add more oil or medium to each successive layer to insure a good structure that will dry properly and will not crack.
Hannah Ivory Baker has work in a group exhibition on at the moment:
‘Summer Farrago’ at
Highgate Contemporary Art
27th June – 6th September 2014
Hannah has painted using all the different Jackson’s Oil Painting Mediums in order to help describe them and how they perform so other artists will know what they can expect from the products.
This review is of the Jackson’s Wet-In-Wet Fast-Dry Oil Painting Medium, which is available in two sizes of tin.
Hannah Ivory Baker reviews
Jackson’s ‘Wet-in-Wet’ Fast-Dry Oil Painting Medium
I, like many others, am not the most patient of artists. So any medium that cuts down drying time is incredibly important and something that I will always try.
I generally work wet-in-wet as it enables me to produce work quickly, and often, in one sitting.
Whilst browsing the Jackson’s Art catalogue online I stumbled across their ‘Wet-in-wet’ Fast Dry Oil Medium and immediately wanted to give it a try. So far I have not been at all disappointed!
There were a couple of ways in which I wanted to use it. Firstly, by using oil bars to create an under painting and rough sketch and secondly, in ‘killing the white’ and creating an under painting without having to wait what seems like an eternity for it to dry (it is this bit which generally results in the hairdryer treatment). I also wanted to see how it worked with a slightly thicker application of paint, when a small quantity of the medium was mixed in.
The following were important considerations in using this medium:
• How quickly the paint dries.
• Finish – whether there are dull patches creating a reduced / increased need for oiling out.
• Ability to blend and move paint without making areas ‘muddy’.
The results of these three things would determine whether or not I would continue to use the medium in future.
For ‘Crashing Waves IV’ I used Oil Bars and Jackson’s Wet-In-Wet Fast-Dry Oil Painting Medium to create rocks and a strong under painting and tube oil in Titanium White mixed with a small amount of medium.
• Creates a very even paint film, no dull spots whatsoever.
• Slightly glossy finish – personally I like this finish as I feel contrast is better retained. The likelihood of oiling out being a necessity is very small. Whilst I still apply a retouch varnish when touch dry this is not out of necessity but just out of wanting to provide the painting with a little protection whilst thicker paint is drying properly.
• Dries incredibly quickly.
• Thins paint without making the layer brittle.
• Still retains good depth, contrast and luminosity of colour in transparent layers – like a strong watercolour wash or ink wash.
• Ability to move the paint without muddying colours.
• Can be used in small quantities when wanting to apply thicker paint (not heavy impasto thick) but thick enough to provide good texture. The thick Titanium White in paintings above and below was relatively ‘touch dry’ overnight and completely dry the following day.
• It works very well with Oil Bars – you can blend the colour on canvas or oilpaper extremely well and retain great depth of colour.
• Colour applied with Oil Bars dries incredibly quickly (well within an hour) again this is great and the colour doesn’t have to be particularly thin for it to dry in this short, short space of time. The paint film is nice and even when dry and colour is easily blended without immediately muddying colours. The strength of colour when used on canvas or paper and mixed with this medium is similar to ink, but obviously the consistency is much thicker.
For ‘Crashing Waves II’ I used Oil Bars and Jackson’s Wet-In-Wet Fast-Dry Oil Painting Medium to create rocks and a strong under painting and tube oil in Titanium White mixed with a small amount of medium.
The only thing I would stress (like when using pretty much all mediums and/or solvents) is to ensure use of this in a well-ventilated space, as it is fairly strong smelling.
Whilst I haven’t been using the medium long enough to observe it’s effects over any considerable length of time, I am certainly extremely happy with the results so far and would definitely recommend this medium to any plein-air, alla prima, wet-in-wet or just simply impatient painter!
It will certainly become a staple feature in my studio.
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