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.
At Jackson’s Art Supplies 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.
Artist Hannah Ivory Baker 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. Read all the reviews.
This review is of the Jackson’s Refined Linseed Oil, which is available in three sizes of tin.
Hannah Ivory Baker reviews
Jackson’s Refined Linseed Oil
Refined Linseed oil is pretty much a staple when working with oils. Whether as an ingredient in making your own painting mediums or in mixing directly with oil colour in order to reduce it’s consistency rather than using turps or other thinning solvents that result in brittle layers of paint.
Where this medium is concerned price is an important consideration as (like many others) I use a lot of the stuff! Based on buying Refined Linseed oil over the years, trying out many different brands and combining this with the fabulous powers of the ‘world wide web’ I have drawn a price comparison between Jackson’s and some of the others currently on the market.
• Winsor & Newton – £16.99 500ml
• Gamblin – £5.95 118ml
• Daler Rowney – £10.63 300ml
• Loxley – £9.95 500ml
• Jackson’s – £9.50 500ml
Clearly Jackson’s is doing a pretty good job on price here!
The next consideration is obviously that the low price doesn’t compromise on the quality of the medium. I generally find myself impressed with Jackson’s products and this one is no exception.
In order to test out the Linseed oil I mixed up a 60:40 Turps:Linseed ‘all-purpose’ painting medium and used this to wet the canvas a little and ‘kill the white’ with a cool, light blue background.
Then, with some Payne’s Grey and a little Linseed oil mixed in I painted in the general shapes of the Magpies. I wanted to be as loose as possible and keep the form of the Magpies simple in order to maintain focus on the creation of movement and energy. The linseed oil provided the paint with enough fluidity to spread easily without over thinning therefore, still enabling me to produce strong, bold lines. Using the painting medium I mixed up earlier, I loaded certain areas to create the drips coming off the wings and breast.
The Magpie paintings were painted using refined Linseed oil mixed with tube oil and as part of a turps / Linseed mix.
As always when using Linseed oil the drying time is slowed and the gloss slightly increased. When it comes to cleaning brushes after use I typically use White Spirit then follow this with my usual soap / conditioner ritual.
In conclusion, I have found this to be a value for money product that does not compromise on quality in the slightest. I advise those of you who are looking for mediums that are a little easier on the purse strings, to give Jackson’s Refined Linseed Oil a try.
In my opinion you will not be disappointed.
Hannah Ivory Baker has work in a group exhibition on at the moment:
‘Summer Farrago’ at
Highgate Contemporary Art
27th June – 6th September 2014
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