Product Review: Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Painting Gel
Creamy. Very creamy. I have found my new addiction!
Initially I was reluctant to use this product because it’s hard enough to paint without throwing yourself a curve ball and adding a new product to the lineup. After reflecting on numerous bad experiences with Res-n-Gel, and admitting to my long-term addiction to Liquin, I surrendered and cracked open a tube.
Verdict: I absolutely love this product! Here is why...
Let me preface this text by saying that up to this point I have only tried it for outdoor painting. I always use some kind of medium additive when painting outdoors because straight thinner dries at a blistering pace. Other products seem to be either too greasy or get tacky too quickly.
The Straight Dope:
- Thinner only - dries too fast.
- Walnut or Linseed Oil - gets the paint too slick, making subsequent layers slide around.
- Walnut Alkyd or Liquin - starts to get sticky and tacks up in half an hour. Brush marks drag over each other. Smurge!
- Res-n-Gel - is greasy, slippery and doesn’t readily accept the paint. Overmixing is the danger with this medium.
Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel benefits:
- Non toxic and non smelling.
- Slow drying and won’t tack-up at all during a three hour painting session in the hot sun and wind. (even longer working time in studio)
- Readily mixes into paint without being greasy.
- Mixes great with thinner allowing for layers of paint to get fatter and fatter. (Kind of like me when I quaff too many chicken wings.)
- Comes out of the tube readily
- It’s a gel so it stays where you put it on the palette.
- Holds the shape of your brushstrokes.
- Gives colours more gloss and transparency.
- You don’t need much for it to work it's magic.
- Being solvent-free you can transport this product when flying.
- Creamy. Very creamy. I have found my new addiction!
Your friend in art,
P.S. Since writing this review I had a chance to use the gel in the studio and I have to say that this is by far the best painting medium I have ever used. Its consistency and workability is fantastic.
5 stars for the Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel.
From product page [LINK]:
Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is the only solvent-free painting medium that supports a broad range of painting techniques with minimal compromise.
Solvent-Free Gel gives colours more flow and transparency, yet holds the shape of your brushmark. Solvent-Free Gel has a moderately fast drying rate and increases gloss. Made from safflower oil and alkyd resin, Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is non-toxic and contains no Gamsol or petroleum distillates.
In comparison to other solvent-free mediums, Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel supports the broadest range of painting techniques with the least compromise across colour, dry time, texture and mark-making. To ensure proper drying of paint layers, Solvent-Free Gel should be used in moderation with oil colours - no more than 25% by volume. To avoid wrinkling, apply mixtures of Solvent-Free Gel and oil colours thinly.
Like linseed oil and walnut oil, Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel can effectively clean brushes during your painting session. For clean-up after painting, we recommend Gamsol and/or soap and water.