Hello everybody. I am new to the forum but I have watched many Draw Mix Paint videos and because of this I have a new easel I built, pallette and table, brush holder and dip, hand stretched linens, and sdm recipe and paints that replicate the Geneva brand. I love Mark Carder's techiniques and valuable knowledge and I am so grateful for him and this space.
I want to experiment with making my own paint from pigment with a meuller and I love Mark's sdm recipe but I remember him saying that adding it to paints without additives is a lot different. I am currently deciding whether or not I want to hack up my door and window to create an indoor studio with ventilation and my wife is not on the same page with that plan. I decided if I could make solventless paints both for the experience and for the ventilation problem I could kill two birds with one stone.
So this brought me to the idea that maybe eliminating the oderless mineral spirits from the sdm recipe and adding less to the fresh made paint would give me the same reault as my previous mixture of manufactured paint with the medium. I was also thinking of maybe replacing the oms with lavender spike oil or Zest It citrus cleaner. I have heard mixed reviews on Zest It and and am not sure if lavender spike oil can be substituted for oms and what ratio to tweak the recipe as a starting point. Would I be able to just eliminate the oms all together and only add stand oil, linseed oil, vt, and clove oil to the handmade paint to thin it down enough? If I add more linseed oil to the last layers of paint if not working in alla prima won't this solve the fat over lean problem? And will all the remaining ingredients be safe to paint with in a room with just an open window for ventilation since they come from flax seed, clove and larch tree?