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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Developing Petrolatum-Oil Paints

I am developing synthetic petrolatum ("petroleum jelly") from renewables.
I use coconut oil, beeswax, castor wax, lanolin , linseed oil, jojoba oil and castor oil in experimental proportions.

I blend the petrolatum , 1:1, with commercial oil-based paints and love the flow off the brush. Bristle brush is effective.

The undercoat is oil pastels which i am also developing. The foundation. is bristol paper.
Soon, I will re-start research on novel 'alkyl-resins' to mull with pigments before adding petrolatum.

Since I am a chemistry professor, I can combine my paint formulations research with artwork for relaxation.
More recent studies are revealing what people have known for years: drawing and painting improve mental health!

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