A gelatinous, unpigmented medium added to oil and watercolor paints to produce more transparent colors. Megilp, a mixture of linseed oil and mastic resin, was used during the 18th and 19th centuries then abandoned. In more recent years, synthetic gel media have become available that have good handling properties and do not yellow with age. However, gel media mixed with oil paints are still likely to produce weak underpigmented films that are susceptible to cracking (Mayer 1969).
Synonyms and Related Terms
megilp; medium de gel (Port.)
R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)