Mediums, Solvents, Varnishes & Grounds: Mediums, Solvents, Varnishes & Grounds: Oil

  • Res n gel NZD $38.95
    Mixing medium for oil color. Accelerates drying time and adds textural effects. In a 150ml tube.... more »
  • Art Spectrum Varnishes NZD $15.80 - $233.40 12 items
  • Daler-Rowney Solvents NZD $10.95 - $34.95 9 items
  • Daler-Rowney Varnishes NZD $11.95 - $34.95 14 items
  • Archival Painting Mediums NZD $9.50 - $44.99 12 items
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Mediums NZD $21.80 - $39.95 7 items
  • Art Spectrum Painting Mediums NZD $11.50 - $169.70 24 items
  • Old Holland Painting Mediums NZD $16.70 - $34.50 4 items
  • Winsor & Newton Painting Mediums NZD $18.00 - $87.00 15 items
  • Daler-Rowney Painting Mediums NZD $10.95 - $38.95 10 items
  • Gamblin Painting Mediums NZD $14.80 - $220.00 18 items
  • PVA Size NZD $20.30 - $39.95
    Diluted with distilled water, PVA size is a contemporary size for fabric support. PVA seals the fabric but does not re-absorb atmospheric moisture, preventing the size layer from swelling and shrinking. It has a neutral pH and does not yellow, plus it retains its flexibility, does not emit harmful volatiles, and protects fabric from the ground. PVA does not tighten the fabric like rabbit skin glue, so stretch fabric tightly. ... more »
    2 items
  • Gamblin Oil Ground NZD $31.00 - $68.50
    This non-absorbent ground works like a traditional oil ground, leaving finished paintings brighter since the oil is left in the paint film instead of being absorbed. Two thin layers of Gamblin Ground equal four layers of acrylic gesso. Instead of linseed oil, Gamblin Ground is made with alkyd resin for increased flexibility and quicker dry time. Traditional linseed oil grounds need about six months to dry. Gamblin Ground is ready for paint application in a few days and may be used directly upon panels without sizing.... more »
    3 items
  • Gamvar Picture Varnish NZD $17.30 - $58.95
    Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Gamblin Gamvar Varnish saturates and gives greater depth to the colors in your painting and gives your work a unified and protective surface. Virtually odorless and ready to apply, Gamvar goes on water-clear, stays water-clear, and can be easily and safely removed with Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits. ... more »
    7 items
  • Gamsol NZD $11.95 - $95.50
    Gamsol is an excellent solvent for thinning Gamblin mediums and for general painting. It evaporates 100% and leaves no residue in paint layers. Gamsol is less toxic than other brands of OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits), mineral spirits, or turpentine because the harmful aromatic solvent component has been removed. It's also useful for studio and brush cleanup. Gamsol also enables printmakers to easily modify inks.... more »
    4 items
  • Art Spectrum Pure Gum Turpentine NZD $11.10 - $183.70
    Double distilled for artists' use. Use in the preparation of painting mediums and for cleaning equipment. Do not use neat as a diluent for oil paint.... more »
    4 items
  • Art Spectrum Oil Prime NZD $50.50 - $93.10
    Oil Prime is a unique oil/acrylic resin blend. The 40% linseed oil content provides controlled absorbency, which maintains the natural glow of oil pint. Non-toxic, non-flammable and equipment washes up with water.... more »
    2 items
  • Art Spectrum Odourless Solvent NZD $12.50 - $186.20
    Ideal for artists who are sensitive to the odour of turpentine. Use to cleaning brushes and as an additive to mediums.... more »
    4 items
  • Art Spectrum Gloss Varnish (Paraloid)
  • Art Spectrum Citrus Turpentine NZD $25.50 - $107.50
    Use sparingly as a diluent for oil paint, mediums and for cleaning brushes.... more »
    3 items
  • Art Spectrum Artists Turpentine NZD $10.20 - $141.60
    Artists' Turpentine has less tack than Gum Turpentine. Use in the preparation of painting mediums and for cleaning equipment. Do not use neat as a diluent for oil paint.... more »
    4 items
  • Art Spectrum Art Clean NZD $40.20 - $79.90
    Perfect for all applications in the studio such as cleaning brushes, palettes, hands as well as a large range of household applications. Fragrant Art Clean is made from a blend of natural extracts. Colour and aroma variation is natural. Art Clean contains no petroleum based solvents and no harmful bleaches.... more »
    2 items
  • Matisse Mm15 Matt Varnish (turps-based) NZD $35.80 - $60.95 2 items
  • Matisse Mm29 Satin Varnish (turps-based) NZD $35.80 - $60.95 2 items
  • Matisse Mm14 Hi-Gloss Varnish (turps-based) NZD $35.80 - $60.95 2 items
  • Matisse Mm17 250ml Patina (Oil) NZD $24.80
    This product available on 'Special Order, only.... more »
  • Archival Oil Odourless Solvent NZD $12.50 - $30.90
    A general purpose, low toxicity solvent which may be used as a safe replacement to gum and mineral turpentine for thinning paint and cleaning brushes. It's slow evaporation rate 1/16th that of mineral turps and its low toxicity combine to produce a painting environment which 16 x 3 = 48 times less toxic than turpentine.... more »
    3 items
  • Odorless Turpenoid NZD $15.10 - $33.00
    Turpeniod is an odorless, highly refined, water clear mixture of petroleum distillates. It should be used a a thinner for artists' oil color, oil and varnishes and as a cleaner for oil painting brushes, painting knives, other tools and accessories. ... more »
    3 items
  • Turpenoid Natural NZD $17.95 - $38.00
    Turpenoid Natural is an alternative to traditional solvents for those concerned about health, safety, or environmental issues. Turpenoid Natural is a highly effective brush cleaner, conditioner, and painting medium that is specially formulated with organic ingredients to be non-toxic and non-flammable.... more »
    3 items
  • Chroma Solvent Varnish 200ml NZD $14.50 - $14.90
    A non-yellowing solvent varnish for oil and acrylic paintings. Intensifies colour contrast and protects from fungal attack without altering the surface appearance of paintings done in oils, acrylics, or watercolours. Dries without a trace, even on watercolour paper. Protects paintings from mould growth even in humid areas. This is a strippable varnish which allows paintings to be cleaned by swabbing away the layer of varnish with mineral spirits or turpentine. ... more »
    3 items
  • Daler-Rowney Soluble Gloss Varnish
    An acrylic resin-based gloss varnish which is removable with white spirit or turpentine. Use on acrylic or oil paintings.... more »
    1 items
  • Clear Methylated Spirits 1Ltr NZD $10.50
    Colorless and good for mixing with Shellac Flakes. ... more »
  • Methylated Spirits 1 Ltr NZD $7.95
    This item does not ship to The South Island... more »
  • Fuelite NZD $10.90
  • Isopropyl Alcohol NZD $15.60 - $27.95
    This item does not ship to The South Island... more »
    2 items
  • FAS Turpentine NZD $5.00 - $10.00 2 items
  • FAS Linseed Oil NZD $4.80 - $25.50 3 items
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Gloss Varnish 75ml NZD $21.80
    Artisan Gloss Varnish is a water based varnish which does not contain any hazardous solvents. The varnish provides finished paintings protection from dirt and grease and when dirty itself, can be removed with Artisan Varnish Remover. ... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Satin Varnish 75ml NZD $21.80
    Artisan Satin Varnish is a water based varnish which does not contain any hazardous solvents. The varnish provides finished paintings protection from diret and grease and when dirty itself, can be removed with Artisan Varnish Remover. Artisan paintings should be allowed to dry completely before varnishing at least 6-12 months for thing vilms, longer for impasto paintings. ... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Thinners
    Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour has a specific Thinner for the range. The purpose of Artisan is to be able to avoid the use of hazardous solvents. Although water is suitable as a diluent for the colour, its speedy evaporation can make the colour thicken upon the palette much quicker than conventional oil colour would when used with turpentine.... more »
    1 items
  • Winsor & Newton Artisan Fast Drying Mediums
    Fast drying medium that improves the flow and speeds the drying of Artisan oil colours, smoothes brush work and increases transparency.... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Retouch Varnish NZD $20.50 - $47.30
    A clear liquid varnish, which dries to a non-yellowing, glossy film. Gives temporary protection to recently completed oil paintings.... more »
    2 items
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Gloss Varnish NZD $20.50 - $88.20
    A modern general purpose high gloss varnish. It is a clear liquid which dries to a non-yellowing glossy film. It may be mixed with Artists’ Original Matt Varnish to adjust degree of gloss.... more »
    3 items
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Varnish NZD $20.50 - $47.30
    A superior protective film for oil and alkyd paintings, which dries to a matt finish. Please note that the bottle should be warmed in hot water before use until varnish becomes clear. Removable, wax based traditional varnish.... more »
    2 items
  • Winsor & Newton Dammar Varnish 75ml NZD $26.00
    A pale yellow varnish which dries quickly to a high gloss for use on oil and alkyd paintings. Traditionally also used on prints and maps. It tends to darken with aging. It is the traditional high-gloss varnish.... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Artist White Spirit 75ml NZD $14.20
    Dilutes oil and alkyd colours. Cleans brushes. Does not deteriorate with storage. Refined petroleum spirit.... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Sansodor Solvent NZD $20.50 - $33.00
    Sansodor makes a viscous mixture, evaporates slowly, is the least hazardous, costs approximately the same as turpentine, does not deteriorate on storage and has minimal odour. This is well suited to artists who prefer to avoid exposure to turpentine.... more »
    2 items
  • Winsor & Newton Japan Gold Size 75ml NZD $22.30
    A dark, thin liquid, which acts as a quick drying adhesive for use when gilding. Can also be used as a non removable exterior varnish.... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine NZD $18.00 - $33.60
    All solvents vary in strength and their capacity to 'loosen up' the body of the colour. The artists' grade solvent with the greatest power is English Distilled Turpentine, the only artists' grade solvent capable of easily dissolving Dammar resin. Turpentine makes a viscous mixture, evaporates slowly, is the most hazadous and strongest smelling solvent commonly used by artists.... more »
    2 items
  • Winsor & Newton Sun Bleached Linseed Oil
    A refined pale oil of slightly increased viscosity, which will improve the flow of colours and dries slightly faster than Refined Linseed Oil.... more »
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Picture Cleaner NZD $29.50 - $44.00
    Not strictly a solvent, Artists' Picture Cleaner is a liquid which is designed for the cleaning of varnished paintings and is an excellent product for this purpose. It works by dissolving linseed oil oxidation and will remove surface dirt and the products of oxidation in the old varnish. It contains an emulsified mixture of Copaiba balsam, dipentene and pine oil with ammonia. ... more »
    2 items

How to buy

Note: we do not deliver outside New Zealand.

Enter the quantity and click "add to cart". When you are ready to pay for your order proceed to checkout. Payment is made by credit card on a secure server using Paypal. Alternatively you may pay by "bank deposit" or by phone on 09 489 7213.

Delivery Rates

Our delivery rates are:

  • Prepaid A4 Satchel (nationwide): $5 per order
  • Local (North Shore): $5.50 per order *
  • Shorthaul (within 150kms): $7.50 per order *
  • Rest of North Island: $9.30 per order *
  • South Island: $10.40 per order *

Prepaid Satchel is available for some smaller items that will fit into an A4 envelope. Please do not select the satchel option if your goods are breakable, easily damaged or flammable.
* Oversized items may be charged an additional amount - once you have selected the items you need proceed to checkout to see the exact costs.

Rural delivery fee $3.30

For privacy, returns and security policies please read our policies page.


Join Takapuna Art Supplies on Facebook

Sign up to our newsletter
Buy Art Books - new Buy Art Books NZ

Art Books

From anatomy to watercolour see all our latest art books...

"Friends of the store" artists supplies discount loyalty programme

We like to reward our Friends of the Store by giving back in kind. If you would like to be a part of our loyalty program simply register and upon purchase we will contact you about the member benefits available. If you are already a member simply register online and we'll upgrade your online account so that you can purchase directly online with all your member benefits.

Visit us at 124 Anzac Street, Takapuna.
Ph: 09 489 7213