Balsam Medium Recipe

Yet Another painting medium from my collection… Interesting combination

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Basic Oil Painting Medium

This is one of the basic oil painting mediums recipe, there are a lot of variations of it. You can make more fluid with more turpentine in it.

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2 Glazing Medium Recipes

Recipes for Glaze Mediums

Some typical recipes for glaze mediums are as follows [the first one gives good results for all-round purposes and is in wide use]:

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Darwin #5 Medium

Ingredients By Volume:

1 Part – Raw Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
1 Part – Damar Varnish (5 pound-cut)
1 Part – Pure Un-bleached Bees Wax
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Mix the oil with the wax pellets in a pan and heat together until the wax melts and blends with the oil. Remove from the heat and pour in the Damar varnish. Place the pan in a basin with cold water to cool the mix sharply, keep stirring into a soft smooth paste while it cools. Pour into a clean glass jar.

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Darwin #1 Medium

INGREDIENTS BY VOLUME

Consider 1 Part = 100 ml.
1 Part – Raw Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
1 Part – Double Rectified Turpentine
1 Part – Damar Varnish (5 pound-cut)
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Mix the 3 ingredients in a clean glass bottle, shake energetically until all are perfectly blended. Use up to 20% maximum medium per volume of tube oil paints. This medium is fat in this combination. Thin with turpentine for lean layers. Do not add more oil for upper layers, the oil content is high enough in keeping with the fat-over-lean rule.

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Medium 1-1-3

Fat (oily) painting medium recipe. I call it simply 1-1-3. Density of this medium you can adjust with more or less turpentine.

Ingredients By Volume:

1 part Stand oil
1 part Dammar varnish
3 part Turpentine

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1-1-3 Painting Medium

One of the most common medium recipes…

1 part Linseed Oil

1 part Dammar Varnish

3 part Turpentine

…put a couple of drops of cobalt drier

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Imprimatura Painting Medium

If you are the follower of the old school, here is the old recipe for the medium for imprimatura layer in 7 layers technique:

1 part Dammar Varnish

20 part Turpentine

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dt 1-2-3 Painting Medium

After a lot of experiments and use of self made and manufactured mediums, I was urged to make something different. Medium that will dry fast, hide some brush strokes and finished painting to have shiny look.

Here is my medium recipe:

1 part Linseed Oil

2 part Dammar Varnish

3 part Turpentine

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“Schmid” Medium 1-1-5

Here is the recipe for this lean painting medium and good all purpose formula:

1 part Stand oil

1 part Dammar Varnish

5 part Turpentine

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