Naturally Cleaned Oils: An Important History

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“The best painters seem to have left nothing undone to render oils as colorless as possible before they were used” – Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), President of the Royal Academy IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING OIL Since the Renaissance, artists have sought superior, pale oils that will dry fast and not yellow. Most oils sold to artists […]

Lavender Spike Oil: Safer Natural Historic Alternative to Turpentine

Lavender Spike Oil: Safer Natural Historic Alternative to Turpentine

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WHAT IS LAVENDER SPIKE OIL ESSENCE? Lavender Spike Oil Essence is a historically documented essential oil distilled from a special variety of lavender, often referred to as Oil of Spike Lavender or Essence d’Aspic. Used as an oil painting solvent, it evaporates and is strong enough to fully dissolve resins, mix with paints, and be […]

Fat Over Lean Explained

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“Fat Over Lean” means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting. It does NOT refer to paint thickness. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness. HOW DO YOU PAINT FAT OVER LEAN? To […]

A (Very) Short History of Oil Painting

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In the Renaissance, oil painting developed as an evolution of tempera painting, the dominant form of painting for previous centuries. Tempera paint is made from egg (or egg yolk) mixed with pigment and diluted with water.  While incredibly lasting, Tempera has many drawbacks.  It is very absorbent and has a porous surface which is easily stained. […]