What are alkyds in oil painting and why would you want to consider using them?
Have you seen alkyds at your local hobby shop or online art store and have wondered if you should give them a try?
I tried alkyds and with good success, so I thought I would share my experience and tell you what I learned about them.
Commonly referred to as the happy compromise between acrylic and oil paints, alkyds are fast drying like acrylic paints, but are well suited for oil painting and glazing techniques.
Alkyd colors are made with an alkyd resin binder. The binder does not contain oil like linseed oil, and therefore eliminates the yellowing or cracking tendency seen with oil paints.
Alkyd paints are proven to display optimum color retention because of the greater pigment density, and excellent durability with a rapid drying time.
#1. Alkyds and Mixing Mediums
Alkyd paints can be used in combination with oil paints and their standard mediums, or on their own with the medium Liquin.
They cannot be mixed with any other mediums. If used in conjunction with oil paints, alkyds can be blended to dry slower, with more characteristics of oils.
If used alone, alkyds will mimic acrylic paints, drying just slightly longer at an even rate and to an even gloss, regardless of color. Liquin will act like oil painting mediums by making the naturally thick/stiff paint thin and buttery, but instead of slowing down the drying time as most oil mediums do, using Liquin will enable the paint to dry at the same rate and consistency of the alkyds.
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