Saturday, September 22, 2007

Neo Megilp

I just started using a new medium called Neo Megilp by Robert Gamblin. It's a required supply for the class I am taking from Gage Mace; Painting the Figure in Oils, at the Hipbone Studio (read more about this class on my Zen blog).

I like Neo Megilp so far, in fact I used it for a large sunflower painting (that's still drying). It makes the paint flow off the brush onto the canvas in a smooth way. Of course, if you use too much it sort of makes a slime. The downside is dry time. I'm used to Liquin, which dries overnight. But Neo Megilp won't dry for a couple of days.


Neo Megilp is a clear amber, thick, goeey substance that doesn't want to come out of the bottle when you turn it upside down (like ketchup). The label says it's a 21st century formulation of one of the Old Master's true secrets. I read somewhere that its "ecofriendly." I don't really know what that means because the label also says it contains petroleum distillate. If swallowed do not induce vomiting. Call physician immediately. Like anyone would drink the stuff?! But if you can imagine what the Old Master's formulas contained, stuff like black oil, mastic varnish, damar, linseed and other mysterious ingredients. There's a good description of these formulations in the book How to Paint Like the Old Masters, by Joseph Sheppard.

To use it I pour a little dab in a small wide dish. Then I dip my brush into it before I pick up some paint. So it mixes with the paint on my brush when I stroke it on the canvas.

I continue to be interested in painting techniques. Using Neo Megilp is another experience for me. You can read about some of the other mediums I've used in this post.
If anyone knows more about Neo Megilp feel free to post a comment.

4 comments:

eldon warren said...

I used to paint with the medium Resin Gel by Weber. Loved it. Then I found a bottle of Neo Megilp. The first time I washed it out of a brush I knew I'd never pick up a tube og Resin Gel again. I also like the shine Neo Meglipleaves behind (way fewer dull spots)and the way it extends my paint. I've heard Neo megilp is just a trumped up version of an old medium called Meroger. Pronounced merijey (sort of) :) Good stuff and I have a recipe around here some where but ya gotta cook it and I've little enough time to get my work done as it is. Neo Megilp is what I've used for a long time now and I don't see me changing.
Eldon Warren

Muvs32 said...

I thought I might ask what you think of the Neo Megilp now, years after first use. Are the paintings made with it still to your liking? Has any noticeable degradation in the film occurred? Does the neo meg still have that shine/slick quality to it after a few years of oxidation? I have heard decent things of neo from new users but not so much from those who have years of experience with it. Thanks for posting, hope to get a response at some point.

Muvs32 said...

I thought I might ask what you think of the Neo Megilp now, years after first use. Are the paintings made with it still to your liking? Has any noticeable degradation in the film occurred? Does the neo meg still have that shine/slick quality to it after a few years of oxidation? I have heard decent things of neo from new users but not so much from those who have years of experience with it. Thanks for posting, hope to get a response at some point.

Marie Wise said...

Hi Muvs32,
I have not noticed any adverse effects of using Neo Megilp over the last 5-7 years I have been using it. There's no slick shine after the painting dries, as it's a painting medium, not a varnish. Once the painting is dry, if a person wants that slick/shine effect, they could apply a varnish, which I've done before too. Thank you for your interest in my artwork. Sincerely, Marie Wise