13 Best Artists' Paint Thinners & Solvents

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Artists' Paint Thinners & Solvents in 2020


Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner-16 ounce

Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner-16 ounce
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Mona lisa odorless paint thinner
  • Use this paint thinner in all types of artist oil, oil-based paints, and varnishes
  • Works as a great brush and accessories cleaner
  • It can be used like turpentine with no unpleasant odor
  • Keep away from sparks, heat, and flame

Filbert Paint Brush Sets Red Sable Weasel Hair Best Brush for Canvas Painting Acrylic Paint Oil Paint Top Quality Art Supplies Long Handle Brushes

Filbert Paint Brush Sets Red Sable Weasel Hair Best Brush for Canvas Painting Acrylic Paint Oil Paint Top Quality Art Supplies Long Handle Brushes
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • EXQUISITE HIGH QUALITY PAINT BRUSHES WITH KOLINSKY SABLE HAIR: Are phenomenal oil paint brushes and great for acrylic paint and watercolor paint. Bob Ross would have named these in his best oil brush collections. These sable brushes are great for kids, and students. As well as professional artists, or full-time muralists that are searching for the best acrylic paint brushes, filbert art brushes, and oil paint brushes.
  • IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL LOOK AND FEEL UTILIZING OUR PREMIUM CREATIVE COLORS ARTIST BRUSHES: Red sable brushes comprised with a mixture of premium natural kolinsky sable hair that extends excellent liquid capacity. Oil painting brushes delivering great strokes while painting your masterpiece, without stray hairs. Superior to any and all of the cheaper blicks art supplies.
  • BELIEVE YOU CAN COMMAND THE PRICE YOU WANT FOR YOUR PAINTING: Because you are using the best kolinsky sable paintbrushes. These filbert paintbrushes hold paint nicely giving you great capability for all your techniques. With 6 sizes of brushes to choose from including the most common ranges: #2, #4, #6, #8, #10, and large acrylic paintbrushes #12, without the need for any other sizes. Amazing paint brushes for canvas painting.
  • ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD ENJOY THESE HAND CRAFTED, DURABLE, BIRCH WOOD LONG HANDLE BRUSHES: These brushes are easy to clean and easy to store. Use these art brushes for acrylic paint. These filbert oil paint brushes are handmade piece by piece from the finest brush artisans in the world. An Equivalent to Bob Ross Brushes, that will give you ease in every stroke with an equal amount of light weight without cramping your hand. A perfect compliment to your favorite palette knife set.
  • DISCOVER A PROFOUNDLY UNIQUE FILBERT ART BRUSH WITH A STRONG FERRULE: You will experience nothing but greatness with this set. No cheap brushes here. Chrome plated to ensure no wobbling or loose hairs while creating your art. Personally painted a shimmery silver to give your Paint Brush Set personality. 100% guarantee with a risk-free experience. We included for you a 2 year warranty because we fully embrace and stand behind this filbert brush set. Buy today. Take your talent to the next level!

Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine, 75ml

Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine, 75ml
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Distilled turpentine is a fast evaporating highly refined essential oil with strongest thinning and brush cleaning power of all artists grade solvents
  • Suitable for removing varnish
  • Keep tightly closed and away from light
  • Flammable, harmful and fatal if swallowed
  • Comes in 75-ml bottle

Klean-Strip QBC12 Brush Cleaner, 1-Quart

Klean-Strip QBC12 Brush Cleaner, 1-Quart
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • High quality brushes are expensive, but with proper care and Klean-Strip Brush Cleaner, you can protect that investment and get great results
  • Klean-Strip Brush Cleaner cleans synthetic bristle brushes, artist brushes, roller covers, trays, and equipment after a project
  • It removes hardened latex and oil-based paint, enamel, varnish, shellac, lacquer, and polyurethane to leave tools looking good and working great
  • Not intended for sale or use in California
  • WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methylene Chloride, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Methanol and Toluene, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm

Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner-32oz

Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner-32oz
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Master Airbrush Multi-Purpose Airbrushing System Kit with Portable Mini Air Compressor - Gravity Feed Dual-Action Airbrush, Hose, How-To-Airbrush Guide Booklet - Hobby, Craft, Cake Decorating, Tattoo

Master Airbrush Multi-Purpose Airbrushing System Kit with Portable Mini Air Compressor - Gravity Feed Dual-Action Airbrush, Hose, How-To-Airbrush Guide Booklet - Hobby, Craft, Cake Decorating, Tattoo
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Professional Master Airbrush Airbrushing System with a Model G22 Multi-Purpose High Performance Precision Airbrush with a 1/3 oz. gravity fluid cup and a 0.3mm fluid tip. 6 Foot braided air hose with 1/8" fittings.
  • Master Airbrush Model C16-B Black Mini Air Compressor that's portable, lightweight and compact. Automatic on/off shutoff with a maximum air pressure of 25 psi and produces 15 psi air pressure on demand. Provides "air-on-demand" that automatically shuts off air when not in use. Includes a built-in airbrush holder.
  • Includes Master Airbrushes best selling user friendly and versatile gravity feed airbrush that's commonly used for: hobbies, crafts, auto graphics, temporary tattoos, cake decorating, fine art, nail art and more!
  • Great starter airbrush kit for beginners and students, as well as for advanced artists since it works excellent for most airbrushing applications and also with most types of paint spray media. Includes bonus How-To-Airbrush Manual & Guide Booklet by Master Airbrush.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: Buy with confidence, if you're not satisfied with this airbrush at anytime within the first year of purchase or the compressor at anytime within the second year of purchase, we'll provide a refund or replacement.

Eco Solve

Eco Solve
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • 100% Non-toxic & natural oil paint thinner and brush cleaner. Replaces solvents for a completely non-toxic oil painting experience. 16 oz. glass jar.
  • Archival, professional artist-Does not emit harmful vapors.
  • Soy-based and vegan. Cruelty-free.
  • Excellent brush cleaner & brush restorer!

Martin & F. Weber 1813 Weber 15.9-Ounce Natural Turpenoid

Martin & F. Weber 1813 Weber 15.9-Ounce Natural Turpenoid
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • An effective non-toxic brush cleaner and gentle brush reconditioner
  • Effectively cleans and gently reconditions brushes and rinses out with plain water
  • Designed for artists as a safer alternative to traditional and harmful solvents associated with oil painting
  • AP Non-toxic, non-flammable with no harmful odors and will not irritate skin
  • Made in USA

Pinkiou Double Action Airbrush Kit Air Brush Spray Gun with 0.3mm/0.2mm/0.5mm Needles and Air Hose for Temporary Tattoo Nail Art Car Hobby

Pinkiou Double Action Airbrush Kit Air Brush Spray Gun with 0.3mm/0.2mm/0.5mm Needles and Air Hose for Temporary Tattoo Nail Art Car Hobby
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Reeves 24-Pack Water Mixable Oil Colour Tube Set, 10ml

Reeves 24-Pack Water Mixable Oil Colour Tube Set, 10ml
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Long drying time
  • Opportunity to blend and re-work areas of the painting
  • It's easy to clean up your brushes and painting materials with water
  • No solvents required

Martin/ F. Weber Weber 8-Ounce Odorless Turpenoid (1682)

Martin/ F. Weber Weber 8-Ounce Odorless Turpenoid (1682)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • An odorless, volatile and thin turpentine substitute
  • Same painting properties and drying time as turpentine
  • Odorless - does not have the strong odor like turpentine has
  • Compatible with oil and alkyd colors as a painting vehicle either alone or in mediums without affecting color
  • Made in USA

Pebeo Vitrea 160, Glossy Glass Paint, 45 ml Bottle - Turquoise

Pebeo Vitrea 160, Glossy Glass Paint, 45 ml Bottle - Turquoise
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Weber Art Materials Turpenoid Natural, 946ml Bottle, 1 Each (1814)

Weber Art Materials Turpenoid Natural, 946ml Bottle, 1 Each (1814)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • An effective non-toxic brush cleaner and gentle brush reconditioner
  • Effectively cleans and gently reconditions brushes and rinses out with plain water
  • Designed for artists as a safer alternative to traditional and harmful solvents associated with oil painting
  • AP Non-toxic, non-flammable with no harmful odors and will not irritate skin
  • Made in USA

The Medium is Not the Message

I believe that art is 80% intention, 20% posterity's reaction. It doesn't matter what your medium is '" oil paint, photography, music, words on a page, dance, clay, film '" if an artist sets out to make art, that will be the result.

I've been thinking recently about art films. The performing arts lend themselves more easily to earning cash and public acclaim (or disdain) and just plain awareness than what's happening in the art world. Many more people go to see a movie than go to an art gallery or a play or a concert. But while there is undoubtedly a level of artistry in a movie like Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen, no one is likely to call it art. That wasn't the intention. The filmmakers' aim was to make beaucoup bucks and blow things up - a lot. But a surrealist film like Luis Buñuel's and Salvador Dalí's graphic-for-its-time Un Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog, 1929) or Jean Cocteau's avant-garde Le Sang d'un Poete (The Blood of A Poet, 1930) or Matthew Barney's Cremaster 2were intended as art from the start. While they may have made some money at the theater (Un Chien Andalou, originally intended for a limited showing in Paris, was so popular with the public that it ended up playing for 8 months), the films were created with artistic, non-Hollywood intentions.

The auteur theory, in which "a director can use the commercial apparatus of film-making in the same way that a writer uses a pen or a painter uses paint and a paintbrush" hinges on talking about movies made with artistic intent. Some of the directors that fit the bill include François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock. Is every one of these filmmaker's movies art? Not by a long shot. But the intent is there in many of their movies, and most would agree that Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows, 1959), À bout de souffle (Breathless, 1960), Det Sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal, 1957), Knife in the Water (1962), Citizen Kane (1941), Manhattan (1979) and Vertigo (1958) qualify. Well, I may have to re-think Allen. He's definitely an auteur, but his attempts to make art don't usually hit the mark for me.

When photography first started to be shown as art in galleries there were many that protested that such a mechanical process could be considered art. Some even maybe a wee bit threatened. Pablo Picasso has been quoted as saying, "I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn." But Picasso survived, and photography became another artistic medium, and cameras another tool, like paintbrushes. What is high art and what isn't has been one of the main debates of the 20th century and has dribbled into the 21st in regard to film.

By writing that "the medium is not the message" I am having a bit of punning fun with the famous quote nugget from Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964). McLuhan talked about many aspects of media and culture, art among them, "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it." McLuhan believed that the medium (television, advertising etc.) was the thing, not the content it transmitted. One of his famous examples was that the medium of television was powerful, regardless of whether it was showing children's cartoons or violent programs. I'm turning that idea on its head in relation to art and art-making by positing that the medium employed by the artist - whether film, or words, or painting, etc., is irrelevant. What is important is the end product, the art experience. The ideas and feelings taken away by the viewer. If a piece has something to say, and talks in the language of art, no matter what medium was employed, it's art.

Of course if I go on too much longer, I'm at risk of sounding like the "Man in Theatre Line" from Annie Hall. McLuhan also said, "Art is anything you can get away with." Sounds like a Woody Allen line. Allen brought the man, McLuhan, into this wonderful scene in Annie Hall, and just for the sheer brilliance of that bold stroke, gets put back on my art/auteur list.

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