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Alkyd Paints

Alkyd paints are essentially oil paints that have had most of the linseed oil replaced with alkyd resins. This gives them a much faster drying time, which allows the artist to apply glazes over previously painted surfaces on a daily basis – something that would take weeks with traditional oils.
Winsor & Newton first introduced it’s Griffin Alkyd in 1976. Since then, the medium has steadily grown in popularity among artists due to a unique combination of qualities, notably the rapid drying time as compared with traditional oil colors.
For artists who desire the rich color intensity of oil paint, but are frustrated with the slow drying time, I would highly recommend trying alkyds. The drying time for me is just right…much slower than water based mediums, such as acrylics and watercolors, but almost always ready to be glazed over the next day. And like traditional oil paint, they have excellent blending qualities, as well as the ability to be used for impasto effects.
I was first introduced to alkyds from an article I read in American Artist magazine in November of 2001, by Robert Dance, one of the most prominent painters in the alkyd medium. If you would like to know more about the medium, I would recommend visiting his website, www.robertbdance.com