Ordinarily I am vehement against the use of noxious mediums in oil painting, and 99.9 percent of the time, I all I use is linseed oil, because some of the paint comes out of the tubes rather stiff.
But after spending three weeks waiting for an area of my oil painting to dry and got fed up. This is a long term painting, with several layers, and such it has been worked on and off for several years (yes really).
In the beginning, I tried using turpentine (which is like huffing gasoline for eight hours without being able to hang up the pump), odorless mineral spirits (just as bad as turpentine), Liquin Original and Liquin Fine Detail. Out of all of those, Liquin Fine Detail worked best.
Liquin Fine Detail is a useful tool that makes the oil paint more fluid, as well as dry faster. It is created by Winsor & Newton. I worked with Liquin Original before, and it was thick, smelled bad, and it made me nauseous. I know many oil painters who are addicted to the scent of Liquin, turpentine and other mediums. For some reason, Liquin Fine Detail for me isn’t as noxious. Perhaps it is that you only need a drop or two, rather than a wide open jar. And with two open windows, I seem to be able to handle it.
Liquin made the oil paints dry within days, and in most cases, overnight, depending on the thickness of the oil paint. Some of you will like the fact that oil paint takes forever and a day to dry. Those of you who switched from acrylic paints to oil paints, the oil paint drying times can drive you bonkers. Liquin makes oil painting the best of both worlds, the paint dries slow enough to think and blend, yet dries fast enough not to be frustrating.
Please note, however, Liquin still gives off noxious fumes from petroleum distillates, but it seems to be easier to deal with than turpentine, odorless mineral spirits or other painting mediums out there.
In order to use Liquin Fine Detail, it is easy, just put it in a sealable dipper cup, and dip the brush before dipping in the oil paint. Yes, it will get dirty, however, the paint settles to the bottom quickly, leaving the top pure Liquin.
Alternatively, just pour a couple of drops right onto the palette, and mix it with your paints as you go along.
Again, unless you really need speed drying, I advise against using these types of mediums.
If you use a different painting medium that you swear up and down that it’s a better invention than sliced bread, share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Until next time,