06-05-2002, 01:29 AM
last fall when i took the intro to painting class at my school, the instructor told us to use 1 part liquin, 1 part turpenoid paint thinner, and 1 part linseed oil. i have been reading some books in oil painting lately and never once saw this. is this a good medium to use? i still don't understand why people use medium. just for the gloss and the fact that it makes it easier to put the paint on? plus, exactly how much should i use? everyone says it is bad to use too much and say "sparingly" but since i only started painting last fall, i don't know what sparingly is. plus, is it OK to use stand oil just by itself without mixing it with other things?