Dont use linseed oil or expensive thinning mediums

by Thomas

Instead of foul smelling and sometimes dangerous linseed oil, or buying expensive oil paint mediums, you can use fairly inexpensive vegetable oil.

it's a trick an old teacher taught me, I mean the paints are expensive enough, without having to buy an odorless thinning medium when you don't have to. It would be ridiculous, besides oil painting manufacturers should use oil in their paints.

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Sep 18, 2010
It does matter what oil you use
by: lorenz

It does matter what oil you use. The oil must have the proper drying time depending on what you want to achieve: Longer or shorter drying time. And it must not become yellow afterwards. Ther are probably some more requirements. I tried some olive oil and baby oil when I first experimented with oil paints. No way! That stuff did not dry!
(But baby oil is fine for cleaning the brushes and your hands.)

May 22, 2010
Oil mediums
by: Shannon

Certain thinning oils do have different drying rates. I use safflower oil mixed with linseed oil (1/2 and 1/2) because I found the safflower oil by itself was causing my paintings to stay tacky for way too long. Lavendar oil will not allow oil paint to dry. I found a really good tutorial on the web about different oil painting mediums (don't remember the web site though, sorry). Just search for "oil painting mediums". I thought I could use boiled linseed oil (that I found in the hardware store wood working section for really cheap), but the article said it would yellow your paint and crack! Good luck!

Apr 09, 2010
but will the oil dry?
by: Arthur

I don't think so. That it the reason why we are using our line seed oil.

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