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Friday, June 25, 2021

Mulling Oil-Based Paints: Use of Jojoba Oil (Liquid Wax)

Dave Soriano
Oil -based paints for artists are rather expensive. In addition, some artists prefer to mull their own paints. Just around van Gogh's era, such paints were being manufactured in tubes, a practice continuing today. Some pigments are very expensive. I am studying the mulling of such paints using jojoba oil ( a liquid wax). It is non-drying. I am keeping the paint in pans and ,when ready for painting, I add drops of linseed oil for the drying effect. Residual paint , from the mulling process, is diluted with chemically-modified turpentine ( very low alpha-pinene content) and allowed to evaporate . The residual pigment/ jojoba oil can be recovered for painting utility.

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