Oils, mediums, varnishes & solvents are the perfect complement to Winsor & Newton colour ranges, allowing you to control, enhance and protect your work. Exploring these will open a world of possibilities. Try our Mediums Finder Tool to find the perfect complements for your style.
Choosing complementary oils, solvents, mediums & varnishes for your oil painting is as unique as choosing a colour palette. Depending on your style & technique, there are a wide range of traditional oils, mediums & solvents to help you control your colour as well as varnishes to protect your work and provide a final finish.
Used to alter or enhance the characteristics of oil colour, Mediums are used to modify the rate of drying, increase gloss, improve flow or add texture. Based on the binders used in milling the colours (e.g. linseed oil, alkyd resin and modified oils for water mixable oils), mediums should be used in moderation as an additive to the colour; we also recommend avoiding adding multiple mediums to oil colour.