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Traditional Oil Mediums/Varnishes

Sennelier’s extra-fine additives for oils are essential to fully appreciate the qualities of extra-fine oil-based paint. Our additives allow painters to follow their creative instincts by enabling them to alter the working properties of the colors to suit their artistic needs.

There are four types of additives: 

Thinners (also called spirits) enable you to modify the liquidity of the paints, by dissolving the pastes and thus make it easier to work with colors. Most often made with petroleum spirits and oils, thinners are used during the first stages of production in order to respect the “thick on thin” rule, allowing for quicker drying.

Mediums ensure the work’s cohesion to surfaces and can modify the drying time. They also change the consistency and appearance of the finish by modifying the gloss, highlighting particular areas or facilitating impasto techniques. Mediums are especially valuable when working Plein Air.

Driers, as their name suggests, speed up the drying process or, more accurately, the hardening of the paint. The role of driers is to both increase drying qualities of the paint and harmonize hardening types. They must be used in moderation.

Varnishes change the final appearance of the painting prior to any preservation of the work. These are used to protect a work from natural and chemical harm. They are to be applied only on completely dry paintings, in two phases.

Traditional Oil Mediums/Varnishes
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Turner Transparent Glazing Medium 40ml Tube 10-130180 * Turner Transparent Glazing Medium 40ml Tube 3046450466918 $18.50
Van Eyck Gel Medium 40ml Tube 10-130182 * Van Eyck Gel Medium 40ml Tube 3046450466932 $25.95
Gel'n Dry 40ml Tube 10-130183 * Gel'n Dry 40ml Tube 3046450466949 $8.50
Damar Gum Crystals 100g Bag 10-133511 Damar Gum Crystals 100g Bag 3046450133902 $18.75
Rectified Turpentine Spirits 500ml Bottle 10-135014 Rectified Turpentine Spirits 500ml Bottle 3046450137719 $29.30
Clarified Linseed Oil 500ml Bottle 10-135024 Clarified Linseed Oil 500ml Bottle 3046450137771 $34.50
Clarified Linseed Oil 1 Liter Bottle 10-135025 Clarified Linseed Oil 1 Liter Bottle 3046450137788 $53.60
Refined Safflower Oil 75ml Bottle 10-135036 Refined Safflower Oil 75ml Bottle 3046450466826 $14.50
Refined Safflower Oil 250ml Bottle 10-135037 Refined Safflower Oil 250ml Bottle 3046450225447 $28.95
Clarified Poppy Seed Oil 250ml Bottle 10-135043 Clarified Poppy Seed Oil 250ml Bottle $45.00
Gloss Painting Varnish 75ml Bottle 10-135161 * Gloss Painting Varnish 75ml Bottle 3046450466789 $15.30
Mineral Spirits 250ml Bottle 10-135173 * Mineral Spirits 250ml Bottle 3046450138471 $17.80
Turner Painting Medium 250ml Bottle 10-135193 Turner Painting Medium 250ml Bottle 3046450138624 $28.75
Turner Painting Medium 75ml Bottle 10-135501 Turner Painting Medium 75ml Bottle 3046450466963 $16.50
Flow'n Dry Alkyd Medium 75ml Bottle 10-135511 * Flow'n Dry Alkyd Medium 75ml Bottle 3046450466970 $16.50
Universal Medium 75ml Bottle 10-135531 * Universal Medium 75ml Bottle 3046450467038 $18.50