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Fat & Lean Mediums

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HOW DO YOU PAINT
FAT OVER LEAN?

“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.

To paint Fat over Lean, use less oil to begin with, and more oil and/or varnish on successive painting days.

 

ABOUT OUR CCS
FAT & LEAN MEDIUMS

CCS Lean Medium For Oil Painting™ is a mixture of CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ and CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence™. It will thin the paint, make it dry faster, and is recommended for the early layers of painting.

CCS Fat Medium For Oil Painting™ is a mixture of CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ and CCS Lavender Damar Varnish™. It will make the paint more glossy, dry faster, and is recommended for later stages of painting.

INGREDIENTS IN THE CCS FAT AND LEAN MEDIUMS

CCS Lean Medium For Oil Painting™ is CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ mixed with CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence™, a historical alternative solvent to turpentine which is safe to breathe.

CCS Fat Medium For Oil Painting™ is CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™mixed with CCS Lavender Damar Varnish™ which is made from damar resin dissolved in CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence™, a historical alternative solvent to turpentine which is safe to breathe.

HOW TO MAKE THINGS LEANER AND FATTER

Painting Fat over Lean allows control of drying time, gloss, and adhesion.

To make a paint or medium “leaner”: dilute with CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence™. This will make the mixture less oily or “leaner.”

To make a paint or medium “fatter”: add CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ for more oil content, or add CCS Lavender Damar Varnish™—making the mixture stickier, shinier and faster drying.

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