Refined Linseed Oil
Highest quality Dutch linseed oil used as a medium for oil colours. Increases gloss and transparency.
Adds a soft, ‘slippery’ quality when added to oil paints. Most economic of all artists’ drying oils. Use sparingly as a medium as linseed has a tendency to yellow with age.
Refined Safflower Oil
Pale drying oil with a minimal tendency to yellow. High linoleic acid value for good drying rate compared to cold-pressed varieties.
Slower film-forming than linseed oil.
Used for preparation of paints and mediums. Increases gloss and transparency.
Non-yellowing oil for use in all oil mediums.
Thick and honey-like oil, it will give enamel-like qualities to paint. Too thick to use straight, it should be diluted with solvent.
Recommended for the manufacture of oil mediums. Reduces brush marks. Dries to a tough flexible film.
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Golden coloured oil used as a traditional binder for grinding oil colours.
When used to mill oil colours or mixed with prepared colours removes the pronounced ‘suede’ effect. Use sparingly as a medium as linseed has a tendency to yellow with age.
Cold Pressed Safflower Oil
Pale slow drying oil preferred for preparing delicate colours, particularly whites and blues where the yellowing of linseed oil is more noticeable.
Added to prepared oil colours for a longer working time due to its slow drying nature.
Safflower oil dries to a softer film than Linseed oil.
Distilled Gum Turpentine
Natural diluent and solvent for oil colours and varnishes. Distilled from the resin of tapped Gum Thus Pine. Unlike petroleum distillate based solvents its function is not solely to break-down oil but aids in dilution. Greater wetting power than other solvents.
Artists’ White Spirit
Economical all purpose solvent.
Ideal for cleaning brushes as it has a strong detergent action. Has a distinctive petroleum smell.
Over-use will matt oil paint due to partial destruction of oil paint film.
A solvent free, non-toxic hand and brush cleaner for safely removing oil and acrylic paint.
Work into the brush bristles and wash under running water to remove paint.
Even dried paint can be removed by soaking brushes in Safe-Clean-up overnight.