Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials

Traditional Fine Art Materials

Naturally Cleaned Oils

cold-pressed-oils-wide-1

WHAT IS COLD-PRESSED?

“Oil is the principal thing which painters should be choice in, endeavouring [sic] to have it good, colorless, fluid”
-De Mayerne describing Anthony Van Dyck’s methods

Cold-pressed oils are obtained by pressing and grinding seeds in a stone or metal press. This historical extraction technique yields less oil than using heat or chemical methods, traditionally it was preferred in order to have a purer oil.

CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ and CCS Walnut Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ are extracted using the more expensive, time-tested method of cold-pressing oils.

WHY COLD-PRESSED OILS?

“A more refined practice in art, the oil was ‘cold drawn’ chiefly with a view to avoid its discoloration”

-Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), President of the Royal Academy

High-heat and chemically extracted oils have many more impurities than cold-pressed oils, and may alter the oil’s natural properties.

CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ and CCS Walnut Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ DO NOT use high-heat extracted oils. We chose to follow historic precedent and use the most natural oil and processes.

HOW OILS ARE CLEANED

“No oil is fit for a varnish or vehicle, intended to be durably brilliant or durably light, which has not been thoroughly freed from its mucilage”
-Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), President of the Royal Academy

Raw cold-pressed oils have a dark yellow-orange color that can affect paint color. Most art material companies either sell the uncleaned raw cold-pressed oil, or use harsh chemical cleaning and bleaching processes to make the oils lighter in color.

CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed™ and CCS Walnut Pale Cold-Pressed™ are washed and cleaned using natural processes documented since the Renaissance.

LINSEED VS. WALNUT OIL

Are you confused about what type of oil you should use when you paint? We explain it simply.

Linseed oil historically is the most common drying oil used in painting. It drys fast and creates the strongest flexible surface—perfect for stretched canvas.

Walnut oil is naturally less yellow, drys slower than Linseed oil. Leonardo Da Vinci recommended Walnut oil, and from the Renaissance onward it was used for whites and light colors.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST


ABOUT

The highest quality, handmade, natural, and archival artist materials created using historic methods & techniques.

Made by artists for artists.

©2014-2017 Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials