Tag Archive for turpentine

Turp? OMS?

There is a lot of confusion among artists about turpentine and mineral spirits. Some YouTubers promote Gamasol as an alternative to turpentine. One even recommends Gamsol as a natural substitute for mineral spirits.(?) This particular artist provides commercial seminars on oil painting! Turpentine is distilled from the naturally-occurring resin from fir trees. It’s been used…

Review: Richeson’s Rectified Turpentine

Have you read many turpentine reviews lately?  How about ever? I use turpentine every day in my oil painting.  Winsor Newton is a pretty reliable manufacturer.  Their oil paint, while not the best, is very good and it’s reasonably priced.  Their English Distilled turpentine is my usual choice.  It handles well in my medium and performs…

Flavored turpentine

Not so much flavored as customized. My medium is very drying, which I like immensely.  I use it everyday but it has one minor flaw.  When I’m painting a large area, my medium is sometimes too drying.  One method I use to address this is to add some balsam, like Venice turpentine or Canadian balsam,…