Genesis - Info and Resources

This page contains all the important things you will need for painting success with Genesis Heat Set Oils, which are made by AMACO (American Art & Clay Company).



Jerry's Artarama
Store Locations
JArtarama's Line of Genesis Paints

Jackson's Art Supply UK
020 7254 0077
9-5:30 Mon-Fri
Genesis Paint Line
1 Farleigh Place,
London, N16 7SX

The Fine Art Division of
American Art Clay Co., Inc.
6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254-1222 USA
FAX: 317-248-9300

Tru-Color Solutions
Danville, IN 46122

Genesis Art Supplies Pty. Ltd
P.O. Box 209
Esk, QLD 4312   (Australia)
Tel. within AUST.  1300 66 11 65
Tel. International  +61 7 5426 4685

Kingslan & Gibilisco Decorative Arts
4670 Hickory Street
Omaha, NE 68106
Kingslan & Gibilisco Decorative Arts

5-to-30 Small Test Set
Search on Genesis Heat Set Oil Paints as there are larger sets as well

  • Remember that Genesis is a polymer clay based product and not a traditional oil. It performs as an oil, can perform as an acrylic and can also perform as a watercolour when thinned with Mona Lisa odourless thinner or Gamsol.
  • It has its own mediums for Glazing, Thinning and Thickening.
  • Genesis is self-sealing but also has a Permanent Heat Set Satin Varnish available.  I prefer using Jacquard's Dorland Wax Medium and rubbing it over my painting with a soft cloth.  (Typically, Dorland's is mixed with your paints but remember, Genesis is *different* so we do not add it to our mixes. 😉)
  • During your painting sessions when it is still wet and not heat set, keep it dust covered with some paper towel or toss an old, clean t-shirt over it.  Your painting smock can work too if you don't mind it getting all painterly.  Its not necessary to smash these things onto the canvas or surface - just gently lay them atop or over to help protect from dust and furry-fur.
  • Store your working mixes on a non-porous surface such as aluminium foil, glass tray/plate or tile, and keep it dust covered between painting sessions.  A shirt box or a portfolio box like I use (see my PIP page tab) work nicely for a dust cover.
  • You can put your working brushes underneath the mixing palette too within your dust cover box - I sandwich a layer of paper towel in between them.
  • Keep your left over mixes!!  Store them on aluminium foil in another shirt box, or get one of the storage tins and little jars I use. (see my PIP page tab) Whatever you store in, be sure it too is non-porous so that the paints' moisture does not get pulled out of the paints.
  • You can paint on all sorts of surfaces but a few cautions ...  
    •  except Plastic and Skin.  
    • Be careful on glass as direct heat from the heat gun can shatter it - I suggest you use the oven instead and at a slightly lower temperature as well.   
    • A pine surface that's not dried/cured well enough can be a challenge as the sap will come to the surface during heat set and ruin your lovely work.  Be sure to use a good surface sealer on it and test it first.  
    • An inexpensive canvas panel/board can have the glue released and create bubbles between the backing and the canvas so be sure to get a quality brand.
  • Fredrix Canvas sheets are great to learn on as they are inexpensive yet fully archival, can be taped to a painting board, a sheet of chipboard/cardboard or onto foam board as well. Plus, they come in all sorts of sizes and one can cut them to suit the intended frame or glue them to an archival surface as well.
  • The thinner the palette knife, the easier to use up the last dibble bits in your jar. 
  • Don't forget, you can pour a wee bit of odourless thinner or Gamsol into an empty jar and let it set, swish it around occasionally and it can be used for washes in your background!
  • You can heat set with: 
    • your embossing heat gun (it takes a little longer but it works just fine) 
    • the Genesis Heat Gun
    • an industrial heat gun (be careful with the industrial as they run hotter!)
    • your oven (usually 260 degrees for 10 minutes) to heat set your paint
  • Avoid scorching with your heat gun by keep it moving about 4" away from the surface in a circular motion on a 4x4 area and move onto the next area.  This can get tedious on very large canvases (those that are too large to fit in your oven)  but that's when I usually take time to really study my painting and look for areas where I need value changes or highlights or possibly have made an error that needs correcting.
  • test your heat sets with a soft tissue - if it remains white, the area has dried well. 

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