Linseed oil brush dip

How would linseed oil work for a brush dip?


  • bradlejeuneart

    Linseed would work fine as a brush dip. Only problem is brush dip needs to be in open containers for long spells and the odour is strong and pervasive. Asthma sufferers can be particularly sensitive.
    Suggest walnut oil with 2% clove oil as a good brush dip.


  • Maybe you are talking about an artist grade walnut oil, if such a thing exists.  General walnut oil comes with anti-oxidants, or natural.  The former does not harden easily at all.  Is one to be preferred?
  • dencaldencal -
    edited June 2019

    Walnut Oil 100ml, 250ml, 1 Litre

    Michael Harding Refined Walnut Oil artists quality oil in a 100ml container

    The use of walnut oil in paint can be traced back even further than that of linseed. When 15th century artists began to add oil to their tempera colours it was walnut oil that seemed the obvious choice. Jan van Eyck in Flanders and Antonello da Messina in Italy both knew of its handling properties; from that time on it was widely used by just about all the great artists, being more a question of who did not use it rather than who did.

    Walnut oil is a drying oil. The slower drying property is an attractive quality in the DMP method.
    The antioxidant component means less or no clove oil is needed for a slow dry medium or brush dip.


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