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chirchri

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on: May 11, 2017, 11:11:32 PM
Try to avoid additives and drying agents in your medium. They do not make for a permanent, archival painting. In fact, your medium should be as simple as possible—rectified turpentine and linseed or some other drying oil. I would even hesitate to add damar varnish to the mix.

The simplest and best way to dry oils faster? Add an almost homeopathic amount of Flake or Cremnitz White (lead carbonate) to your colors as you mix them. Extremely slow drying colors like Alizarin Crimson will be dry to the touch in a day or two if you add a touch of Flake White to the mix. Ironically, on its own, Flake White is extremely slow drying.

There’s a reason lead has been one of the most popular artist’s pigments for hundreds of years. In addition to being inexpensive, it is almost frighteningly permanent. There are 18th century portraits where the face was painted using Flake White while the rest of the painting was done in glazes. The surrounding areas dusted off years ago; the faces are still there, good as new.

The gods of painting smile down on artists who use Flake White.


lynn p.

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Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 04:22:16 PM
How totally interesting.  I have been hesitant to use flake white or tin lead yellow because of health issues.


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Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 02:08:13 PM
Chirchri, do you use these additives in your paintings? Would love to see some of your work.

When I used to paint with oils, I made it a point to avoid the more hazardous paints/additives. I'm with you on this one Lynn.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 08:01:27 AM
way is to put the painting on the dashboard of your car and leave the car out in the sun. Dry in a day or two depending where you live,
Brian
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Reply #4 on: June 05, 2017, 02:16:24 PM
I used to do that a lot when on holiday in the Resorts where advertising was not allowed.
A subtle way of advertising without actually advertising :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: Paid for many a holiday  O0
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Reply #5 on: June 05, 2017, 03:01:00 PM
The tricks of the trade Dennis  :2funny: :2funny:
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Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 04:40:44 PM
I do like the sound of that Dennis!  ;D   I really must get my speed up... then perhaps one day a visit to your upside down land! I used to be quite good at walking on my hands...  ::)     :2funny:
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Reply #7 on: June 10, 2017, 03:21:38 AM
  ^-^
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Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 10:17:33 AM
I used to do that a lot when on holiday in the Resorts where advertising was not allowed.
A subtle way of advertising without actually advertising :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: Paid for many a holiday  O0

Neat idea!  :D


 

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