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Original Creation


dracula 04 Jun 2020

I was going to only upload landscapes here, but I thought why not include a couple other things. This is a just a small 6"x6" test I made to try out Maroger medium when I got the tube in the mail. It turns out I really like that medium because it is so sticky with a lot of grip.



Is it what you normally paint outside of landscapes? I was wondering what is that other artistic part that you mentioned couple of times.
Grape is amazing!

This Maroger media sounds very interesting! Why in particular did you want it? What are the properties helpful for painting?

dracula Power Painter

Thanks @SunnyLady! No, I don't normally paint food, but I like food and enjoy having those kind of paintings in my kitchen to look at while I cook.

I did not paint any food in oils yet, in acrylics I did 3 apples. That's very tasty to have food paintings in the kitchen! I have 2 landscapes now and one still live.

dracula Power Painter

Yes, the Maroger medium has a couple of properties I like. It is thixotropic, which means it is a kind of gel/jelly consistency that instantly turns liquid when you work with it, but as soon as you stop touching it, it goes back to gel. This makes for nice brushwork. The thing I really like about it is how tacky the surface becomes an hour or two after the first application. I find this stickiness offers good paint adhesion and helps make nice drybrush and scumbling effects. It also has a gloss kind of finish to it, which helps keep the colors rich. It's pretty expensive though; I'm thinking about trying to make my own.

I read, that this requires resin from the trees that grow in Greece only. I bet it is super expensive.

Does it dry to a hard surface? Does it yellow with time way more than just linseed oil?

Do you use it like on the top of dried underpainting?

dracula Power Painter

Yes, it has some questionable ingredients in it including litharge, which I believe is lead rust (that's what makes it dry fast). Depending on how much you use it can stay fairly tacky for some time. The John Constable study I did used a lot of Maroger and that still has a bit of a soft surface.

I've heard that Maroger medium (also known as megilp) has a tendency to yellow because of the Mastic varnish in it. I've only been using it for about a year, so I am not sure how it will play out in the long term. Most of my paintings could probably tolerate some level of yellowing without getting weird-looking, so I am not particularly worried about it...though that may be a mistake on my part.

Thanks for the detailed answers!
I need to re read if John Constable was doing his paintings in few sittings. This would give me idea this meglip is for gluing layers together. Anyway more unknowns here. I will read more about meglip, thanks for sharing the other name. On Maroger not many things pop up for a quick research.

dracula Power Painter

I guess it was originally called Megilp, but these days, Megilps are made with plastics and polymers and what we now call Maroger medium is closer the the original recipe and ingredients.

Thanks Dracula!

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