Recipes for Fast-Drying Painting Mediums


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 part stand oil
  • 1 part damar


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 part stand oil
  • N.B. Egg yolk is one of the most ancient and permanent materials


Wash your hands before you start the process. Separate the yoke from the white by gently passing the yoke from one hand to the other – discard the white. Place the yoke in a clean small jar. Puncture the yoke; mix stand oil in drop by drop stirring into emulsion vigorously.

5 Responses to “Recipes for Fast-Drying Painting Mediums”

July 04, 2019 at 4:55 am, ann Lee said:

thank you


December 15, 2020 at 12:06 am, K.Topps said:

Curious, if damar is used in a medium, how does this affect the paint film? And if you varnish once dry, is the varnish still able to be safely removed if sometime down the line it needs to be restored?


February 16, 2021 at 1:58 pm, Michael said:

This is why there is a 6-month rule between dry paint and final varnish, I agree it is a vague rule.


May 03, 2022 at 10:20 pm, Lian li said:

I tried B today and am happy with the result. It’s essentially mayonnaise but for painting. May i also drip some rosemary oil or other essential oil too?


May 05, 2022 at 5:42 pm, Michael said:

Hi Lian,

Thanks for your question

Please do not do this – It is not advised

Happy painting!


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