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on: October 30, 2016, 08:13:15 PM
Been asked to say a few words about Genesis Heatset Oils. I first heard about them when reading the Artist magazine and went to a site called to see what can be done with them was impressed. The joy of these oils is they stay wet till you dry them with a heatset gun and then you can do more layers etc. No smell . It works on good canvases, wood or mdf panels. And probably other stuff I havent tried yet. So I went to an Australian supplier ( you can only buy the paint online) if in America you would go to

I started by buying the beginner kit which comprises Genisis Red, Yellow,White,Ultramarine and Burnt Umber and a thinning medium plus a colour chart which shows you how to mix all the initial colours into most other colours. The paints come in 30ml glass jars so they are pretty solid when you dig them out of jar with a good pallete knife ( an absolute essential for mixing paint) you mix them on you pallete and they quickly become buttery and feel real nice. The colours are great and I notice when comparing them with Acrylics how vivid they are and they stay consisent so what you paint on doesnt go darker like acrylics. Mixing the colours is easy there are some great free classes on youtube. I was worried about the cost factor as on pension but the $90 I spent on the kit about 6 months ago and still have plenty of paint left been buying more colours I use a lot as I go. The cost of paints range from $10 a jar to $26 for Alizaron or any of the Quid colours and metallics. They advise do not mix them with other types of oil paints as when the heat gun ( for sale in most shops $40-50) is applied it will do weird things. You can use say for mdf or wood normal acrylic house paint and then a good acrylic gesso on it. Found with mdf you might get a slight odour when heated but its not toxic well I am still here and didnt get high on it. All common mediums are available from Genesis suppliers.

There are a lot of information available from the various sites about what painters have found and the best method of use.  I will keep using it . I love it because I can have my ceramic tiles set out with my gray mixes, sepia mixes or other colour mixes when finished file them away and when I need them again pull them out of my storage trays and off I go painting again - they do stay wet till heated as well as on canvas.

All the normal rules re oil or acrylic painting apply and the lessons on this site apply to this paint as well. You use your normal brushes and what I love if I forget to wash them they stay moist and usable not like Acrylics. Normally just wipe them with a paper towel and wash them in soap and water.

I have no financial interest in any of the suppliers listed.  Go to their sites have a look. Happy painting.
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Reply #1 on: October 30, 2016, 08:26:06 PM
Years back I made an instructional video for Genesis (painting of a Dhow) on the use of Genesis Heat Set Oils Paints which is/was available from the South African supplier of Genesis and was advertised in one of the Australian Art Magazines - I can't remember which one. You cannot use an ordinary hairdrier as it is not hot enough to set the paint. The one to use is extremely hot and care must be taken not to burn the painting - or even oneself!

I still have my set. Maybe one of these days I'll use it again  :whistle:
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Reply #2 on: October 31, 2016, 11:23:09 PM
Thanks, Neil.  Sounds really interesting.

If it were not Halloween today, I would check out the reference links right away, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

I, and I am sure others, appreciate your taking the time to share this information.

It's interesting to see that Dennis was ahead of his time on this one.


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Reply #3 on: November 07, 2016, 11:34:38 PM
It's interesting to see that Dennis was ahead of his time on this one.

No flies on our boys!  ;)

I can just imagine  the mess I could get into with these!  ::)

Look forward to seeing more of your work with these Neil. Thanks for the info.