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Solvents and Balsams

Solvents and specialist balsams are used for thinning oil paint and in the formulation of various painting mediums.

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  1. Cornelissen Canada Balsam

    Cornelissen Canada Balsam

    Starting at: £20.10

    Canada Balsam is an oleoresin, meaning that it is a mixture of essential oils and resin. It comes from the fir tree Abies balsamea, native to Canada and the eastern states of North America. It is notable for its pale colour, clarity and gloss, making it a useful ingredient in recipes for oil-painting mediums.

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  2. Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner

    Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner

    Starting at: £4.10

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  3. Roberson Studio Safe Solvent

    Roberson Studio Safe Solvent

    Starting at: £9.80

    Roberson Studio Safe Solvent can be used for brush cleaning and the thinning of paint as an alternative to turpentine and white spirit, it has an orange fragrance. Learn More
  4. Schmincke Medium W

    Schmincke Medium W

    Starting at: £8.05

    Schmincke Medium W is an odourless, jelly-like ("lean") medium for mixing oil colours with water instead of organic solvents such as turpentine or turpentine substitute. It increases gloss and transparency, reduces viscosity and harmonizes the drying process.

    Dosage: 50%

    Thinner: Water

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  5. Gamblin Gamsol Mineral Sprit

    Gamblin Gamsol Mineral Sprit

    Starting at: £7.50

    Gamsol is an odourless mineral spirit created by the American company Gamblin. They describe it as "the safest solvent that allows oil painters to utilize all traditional painting techniques without compromise."

    Please see below for Gamsol's primary applications.

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  6. Michael Harding Oil Paint Medium PM1

    Michael Harding Oil Paint Medium PM1

    Starting at: £7.15

    PM1 is a basic paint medium, designed to increase the flow of your oil paints and the gloss and transparency of your paint layers, adding to the depth and beauty of the your pigment colour. The inclusion of linseed stand oil in the recipe of this oil based medium prevents the “yellowing” of your paint film.

    Recommendation: Add 10-20% to your oil colour as you require.

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  7. Lefranc Essential Oil of Petroleum 75 ml

    Lefranc Essential Oil of Petroleum 75 ml


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    Ideal for making oil paints, mediums and varnishes more fluid, and for cleaning painting equipment. It also removes stains. Learn More
  8. Winsor & Newton Sansodor

    Winsor & Newton Sansodor

    Starting at: £5.95

    Sansodor is a low-odour solvent which can be used as an alternative to turpentine. It evaporates slowly, increasing the blending time of oil paints, and can be used to clean brushes. Learn More
  9. Cornelissen Copaiba Balsam

    Cornelissen Copaiba Balsam

    Starting at: £12.40

    Copaiba Balsam comes from the South American tree Copaifera landsdorfii. Its primary function is to improve the appearance of paint layers that may have become dull, brittle or sunken upon drying. It is a viscous liquid that may be diluted with turpentine, but which should not be used in painting mediums.

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  10. Cornelissen Larch Venice Turpentine

    Cornelissen Larch Venice Turpentine

    Starting at: £18.00

    Venice Trupentine is a thick, resinous liquid extracted from the Larix decidua, a larch tree native to Austria. It can impart luminosity, brilliance and gloss when used in mediums and varnishes, and as such it was highly valued during the Golden Age of painting in Venice. It is a slow-drying balsam, which can be diluted with turpentine or placed in a bath of warm water to aid flow.

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  11. Cornelissen Rectified Turpentine

    Cornelissen Rectified Turpentine

    Starting at: £9.00

    Volatile colourless liquid distilled from pine sap. Greater wetting powers than white spirit. Used to thin oil paint. Learn More
  12. Roberson Pure Gum Turpentine

    Roberson Pure Gum Turpentine

    Starting at: £10.50

    Slightly less refined than rectified spirit of turpentine. Often preferred as constituent of painting mediums. Learn More
  13. Roberson White Spirit

    Roberson White Spirit

    Starting at: £6.80

    Plastic container. Solvent distilled from crude petroleum oils. Used to thin colour and to clean brushes. Slower drying time than turpentine. Learn More
  14. Brodie & Middleton Methylated Spirit

    Brodie & Middleton Methylated Spirit

    Starting at: £3.70

    Solvent for shellac flakes. Learn More
  15. Cornelissen Lemon Oil

    Cornelissen Lemon Oil

    Starting at: £12.30

    Lemon oil is an essential oil, primarily used for its scent. Learn More
  16. Zest-it Turpentine Substitute

    Zest-it Turpentine Substitute

    Starting at: £7.40

    Specially formulated non-toxic alternative to conventional thinners. Can be used as a substitute for turpentine. Ideal for asthmatics and those allergic to normal thinners. Reduces lingering smell normally generated by oil painting, has a citrus fragrance. Learn More
  17. Lefranc Petroleum Mineral Spirit

    Lefranc Petroleum Mineral Spirit

    Starting at: £33.00

    Virtually odourless thinner that evaporates comletely. Learn More
  18. Lefranc Oil of Spike

    Lefranc Oil of Spike

    Starting at: £18.10

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  19. Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine

    Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine

    Starting at: £5.95

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