‘Schmincke Medium W’ will turn any oil colour into water-mixable oil colour.
Since we have just added the Medium W gel to our range, in addition to the original more fluid Medium W, I though I would try them both out.
It turns out I loved the buttery texture of the Medium W Gel when mixed with my favourite oil paints.
I wanted to compare my favourite oil colours with and without the Medium W added. I painted an apple with 1. standard oil paints and low-odour solvent, and 2. with standard oil paints and Medium W (regular and gel) and 3. with with standard oil paints and Medium W (regular and gel) plus water.
It was amazing to break the paint down into a buttery consistency without any solvents! The room stayed smelling of nutty oil.
It increased the transparency of the paint which wasn’t helpful since I wasn’t glazing, but would be perfect if you were glazing. It has alkyd resin in it so it contains fat for painting fat over lean.
It is supposed to dry fast but it didn’t dry fast for me, not at all like a fast-drying alkyd medium.
The paler colour shift in the water-wet state didn’t bother me.
The paint mixed with Medium W washed off my hands very easily!
Washing the brushes- I first used washing up liquid as it was to hand. Compared to standard oil colour the brushes I used with the Medium W were harder to wash!
But when I switched to the Masters Brush Cleaner they came clean.
Brushes I Used
I used the Jackson’s Akoya Brushes as they have been designed to mimic hog bristles while not getting soggy in water like hog does. So they are just what you would need for water-mixable oil painting. But I found in the end that the brushes weren’t in water much except for the washing up period.
You may wish to read this earlier post about Schmincke Medium W: Make Your Favourite Oil Colour into a Watermixable Oil Colour
Click on the underlined link to go to the Schmincke Medium W on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
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