Mixing Paint w/ Medium

edited January 2013 in Color Mixing
I've reviewed all the former posts about making medium and mixing it with the oil color. Gary's advice about achieving the proper viscosity clearly explains how to proceed and how to know when it's just right. However, just to have a rough idea before starting, what is the approximate ratio of oil color to medium? 50/50? 60/40? 70/30? 80/20?


  • It varies GREATLY from one color to another. Get some Heinz Tomato Ketchup, mix your paint to match viscosity. But start by mixing them thick, let the paint sit in the the closed jar over night. Then add more medium the next day if necessary. Some of the colors thicken over night, others get thinner. The yellow is the worst, mix that one extra thick to start, overnight it will become far more runny. This has nothing to do with the paint actually drying, just a thinning or thickening effect that stops after a few hours.
  • glad I did a search on this. I missed it before. thanks
  • Bill J. I`m having a hard time finding Venice turpentine. What`s the difference between Venice, distilled, and Turpenoid, turpentine? I`m new to the Forum, made a living as a sculptor for many years. Between Arthritis and nerve damage it`s getting hard to hold the chisels. Did a lot of oil painting back in the day. Sold everything even portraits. Still can`t believe they sold, my paintings were terrible. I`ll be able to hold brush. Marks method looks interesting, can`t wait to start. Thanks
  • dencaldencal -
    edited January 2013
    Bill J

    Welcome to the Forum.
    Venice Turpentine is resin from the larch tree (pure).
    Distilled Turpentine is the bottom layer of resinous (pine usually) residue from the distillation process and recombined with various amounts of the volatiles given off.
    Turpenoid is a synthetic substitute distilled from crude oil.
    Turpentine is the thin volatiles from distillation of pine.

    Of these only venice turpentine is not a health hazard.


  • Dencal.
    Thank You, Can`t find Venice turpentine, any ideas?
  • billj

    Sure I can.

    Can you give me a big hint. Which country are from?

  • Las Vegas, NV, USA. Thanks
  • Billj

    I just read on the other thread, where you posted the same question, that you have found some VT at a tack store.

    Well done. Let us know how you go.


  • Gary said:

    Hi Charley! I put a teaspoon of sdm into my small, wide-mouth canning jar....roll it around inside the jar to coat the bottom and about half way up the jar walls. This helps to keep the paint from sticking to the sides of the wall when stirring.

    Wish you would have posted this a long time ago cause I truly have a mess inside my jars!!!!

  • Not my original idea TJ! Mark mentioned it in his original dvd. :)
  • He did? :\"> Gosh I've watched and listened to that thing so many times!!! Stupid me! :((
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