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Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel

Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel

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 colors 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 color, 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 colors 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.

Product Review by Doug Swinton

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,
Doug.

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.

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