A liquid medium to improve the flow of oil and alkyd colours for smooth brush work, sublt blending or fine detail. Also increases translucency.
Posted by Rina on 24th Apr 2012
Like you, I stopped using oils for a long time after my kids were born. It is hard to chnage a diaper or heat a bottle when you have oils all over your hands. During those years I did a lot of photography, pen and ink, and started using soft pastels.I use turpentine and yup, I know it's toxic. So are most of the painting materials that I use. I've been using it for close to 40 years and I'm still alive and not suffering from brain damage and it did not cause me to create genetically mutated children. In college I experimented with a lot of non-standard paints like synthetic laquers, fiberglas resins, metal powders, and numerous other materials. For me a respirator, rubber gloves, and having the exhaust fans running were essential. But also like you, when using oils it was no big thing to clean my hands with paint thinner.My studio is attached to the back of my garage so, I have to go outside to go inside. I have windows on all 4 walls for cross ventilation and run a commercial air purifier when painting and leave it running for at least an hour after I leave the studio, just to clean out the air. My solvents are all in metal cans. I clean my brushes with mineral spirits and the amount that I keep for use on a daily basis is stored in a double walled can. My dirty, oily rags are stored in a doubled wall fireproof trash container with a lid on the container. I wear disposable vinyl gloves and I leave my windows opened for fresh air (only a crack in the winter). When I was young it was cool to be cavalier now that I'm old sensible works better. After using soft or oil pastels (I don't wear gloves for those) I wipe my hands clean using disposable baby wipe, that I buy in bulk, and then go into the house and wash my hands. My disability (obsessive compulsive disorder) made me this way and it's a good thing.