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Friday, February 21, 2014

Using Oil Paints Without Solvents

A long time ago I discovered that turpentine or any similar oil paint solvent would cause me to have skin rashes even if I never actually touched it.  Rather than give up on oil paint completely, I kept reading, experimenting and learning about leaving the solvent out of the equation.
After much trial and error I discovered that I could use oils perfectly well by avoiding solvents completely.  Here's how:
1.  I use only Winsor & Newton Liquin as a painting medium to thin paint when needed, otherwise I use oil paint full bodied.  Liquin doesn't seem to bother me at all and has less of a smell than a solvent.
2.  I keep my hands clean by using baby oil to remove any stray paint that might get on them.  Protective gloves are another option.
3.  I clean brushes at the end of the day with a product called Bristle Magic.  It's non-toxic, biodegradable and it works.  I just rinse out the brushes with dish detergent and water after letting them soak a bit in the Bristle Magic.  Works like a charm.
So there you have it, all you who have stayed away from oil painting because of the solvent issue.  Happy painting!

Copyright Mona Vivar, Roosting Rosies, 10 inches by 10 inches, oil on canvas
Now available on Ebay at Mona Vivar Fine Art

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