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Saturday, July 9, 2022

Food Coloring as Oil Paint!

 Benjamin Moore has an 'Advance' water-based 'alkyd linseed oil on the market.

It is $28( USD)/ gty. and found in 'Ace Hardware' stores in the USA market.

I bought some 'white satin' to try out as a binder. Sure, it is great with commercial oil paint additions, watercolors and gouache. I use the paint formulations in studies on poster board. When the water evaporates, you have an oil paint. I find it dry to the touch in about 30-40 minutes, much slower than normal acrylics. Benjamin Moroe says , in home decore, allow 10-14 days for full drying. No Turpentine/ mineral spirits involved. Acrylics are not 'safe' for health or in the environment and too much is dumped out there.

I found inexpensive 'food coloring' dissolves readily and you can see the blue hue which is the  food coloring drying in the linseed oil! A very inexpensive oil paints for studies and artists- young and old- on a budget.

I will also be exposing dried swatches to UV radiation to gauge fugitive properties of the dried food coloring paint.  We are also not creating masterpieces here!

Friday, July 8, 2022

Water-Based Alkyd Oil Paint Development

 Using various pigments/ dyes in water-based alkyd oils.

                    Dead center of each grid allows me to follow RGB values over two weeks of curing .

                    Fugitive properties of dye components will be studied with UV exposure for periods of time.