Mediums and Gessos (Artist)

Industrial Consumer

Art materials are inherently hazardous. Even the least harmful products may have some amount of hazardous ingredients. Try reducing your exposure by using personal protective equipment, ventilating your space and only buying what you need.

The following product reviews have been requested by program partners. To know which of your existing products are safer to use, please review their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see if they have the same ingredients as the products listed here.

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Sennelier Egg Tempera Binding Medium

Sennelier Egg Tempera Binding Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Sennelier
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Wear nitrile gloves when working with this material.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Schmincke Aqua Effect Spray Medium

Schmincke Aqua Effect Spray Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Schmincke
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Holbein Watercolor Ox Gall Medium

Holbein Watercolor Ox Gall Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Holbein
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Wear nitrile gloves when working with this material.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Holbein Watercolor Gum Arabic Medium

Holbein Watercolor Gum Arabic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Holbein
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Grumbacher Max Oil Painting QuickDry Medium

Grumbacher Max Oil Painting QuickDry Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Grumbacher
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Soft Gel Medium (Gloss)

Golden Soft Gel Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Silkscreen Medium

Golden Silkscreen Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Self Leveling Clear Gel Medium

Golden Self Leveling Clear Gel Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Retarder Medium

Golden Retarder
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Regular Gel Medium (Gloss)

Golden Regular Gel Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss)

Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden OPEN Acrylic Thinner

Golden OPEN Acrylic Thinner
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden OPEN Acrylic Fluid Medium

Golden OPEN Acrylic Fluid Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Light Molding Paste

Golden Light Molding Paste
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Heavy Gel Medium (Gloss)

Golden Heavy Gel Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden GAC-800 Acrylic Medium

Golden GAC-800 Acrylic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden GAC-700 Acrylic Medium

Golden GAC-700 Acrylic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden GAC-500 Acrylic Medium

Golden GAC-500 Acrylic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden GAC-200 Acrylic Medium

Golden GAC-200 Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden GAC-100 Acrylic Medium

Golden GAC-100 Acrylic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Extra Heavy Gel Medium (Gloss)

Golden Extra Heavy Gel Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Clear Tar Gel Medium

Golden Clear Tar Gel Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Clear Granular Gel Medium

Golden Clear Granular Gel Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Airbrush Transparent Extender

Golden Airbrush Transparent Extender
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Airbrush Medium

Golden Airbrush Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Acrylic Modifier for Plaster

0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Medium (Satin)

Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Medium (Satin)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Medium (Gloss)

Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Medium (Gloss)
0
Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a P100 mask when sanding. Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material if continual hand exposure is required. Use general dilution ventilation.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Gamblin Solvent Free Gel Medium

Gamblin Solvent Free Gel Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Gamblin Artists Colors Co
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
Product/Service Type
Consumer

Eco-House Extra Mild Citrus Thinner

Eco-House Extra Mild Citrus Thinner
0
Manufacturer(s)
Eco-House Inc
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space. Wear nitrile gloves and protective goggles.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Daler-Rowney Low Odor Thinner

Daler-Rowney Low Odor Thinner
0
Manufacturer(s)
Daler-Rowney
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Chroma Archival Oils Odorless Fat Medium

Chroma Archival Oils Odorless Fat Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Chroma Inc USA
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Wear nitrile gloves when working with this material. Use in a well ventilated area.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Chroma Archival Oils Odorless Classic Medium

Chroma Archival Oils Odorless Classic Medium
0
Manufacturer(s)
Chroma Inc USA
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

This product is flammable. Use with caution.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

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Why Go Green

Many art products contain hazardous ingredients that are harmful to your health and the health of the environment. There are safer alternatives available for most categories of art materials. In case, safer alternatives cannot be used, use the recommended personal protective equipment and ventilation.

Criteria for Mediums and Gessos (Artist)

These products have been evaluated and shown to not contain carcinogens, asthmagens, mutagens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and reproductive toxicants. They have been evaluated using the Pharos Project and the ChemHAT database.

Last updated

Last updated: 
November 7, 2014

Reports

The Safer Art Products & Practices factsheet helps artists make safer decisions when it comes to purchasing, using and disposing art materials.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

Many art products contain hazardous material that should not end up in the trash, recycling or composting bins or be poured down the drain.
Professionals: Call Recology SF's Very Small Quantity Generator Program at (415) 330-1425 to dispose of all art waste.
Hobby Artists: Call (415) 330-1405

Empty clean containers can be recycled in the Recycling bin.