Synonymous with depth, brilliance and strength over time, the oils are the binders used in the grinding of pigments for the colour paste. They allow more fluid colours without thinning them.
Refined linseed oil
Extracted from flax seed provides excellent binder pastes that are very pleasant to work with, they harden quickly and thoroughly, and give them a resistant finish of depth and great beauty. Clear and slightly acidic, despite its tendency to yellow in the dark, refined oil offers the best of linseed oil. It allows for smooth colour and an increased brightness. Thinner: Mineral spirits or turpentine.
Clarified Poppyseed Oil
This oil comes from black poppy seeds and is particularly suitable for grinding light colours. Brighter than the linseed oil, less siccative and it hardly yellows. This excellent binder enhances the brightness without using a siccative. Thinner: Mineral spirits or turpentine.
Essences and Solvents
Essences and solvents allow to liquefy the oil paints, mediums and varnishes, they are the most thinning. They are also used to clean the painting tools.
It is a volatile oil distilled from the resin of certain varieties of pine, it has a matte finish which is less pronounced than that with turpentine. It is used to thin the first layers of colour. The bottle must be kept sealed, protected from light, and avoiding long periods of storage.
Excellent thinner, it evaporates much more slowly than turpentine and allows prolonged work. It also makes the colours more matte.
Odourless Mineral Spirit
This solvent, which offers similar characteristics as turpentine, has the advantage of being odourless.
Universal Paint Remover
This strong solvent, strips dried on oil, acrylic and other material from all painting tools. Very efficient, it works in 15-30 minutes and can be rinsed off with water. Rinse well in the event of contact with the skin.
This cleaner is suitable for use with all painting tools. It dissolves oil and varnish even when dry and it retains the suppleness and form of the brushes. It works in 20 minutes and must be rinsed with soapy water.
The siccatives are derived from metal salts. They add colour sparingly to speed up the drying time. They activate the oxidation reaction and are used with restraint to avoid possible surface defects.
This siccative based on octate of zirconium and calcium works both on the surface and below. It accelerates drying time and allows thick coats to harden evenly. Very powerful, it must be controlled with care. It is colourless and will not alter light colours and is very efficient for blacks and lacquers.
This siccative based on octate of cobalt and zirconium works predominantly on the surface, and it favors fast and efficient strokes. It must be used only for fine coats. It presents a dark appearance before application and must be used carefully, as excessive use will curl the colour.
Each medium has a specific role. Added to the colour it can change its structure, brightness and transparency. Mediums allow the paste to be “enriched”.