Last year I wrote a piece about using water soluble oil paint as several people had asked about using them. They are easy to use, high quality and solvent free. I love the Holbein Aqua Duos and Jackson’s range of water mixable oils, Jackso
But someone else asked me;
“What if you have some ordinary oils but you’d still like to paint solvent free, can you?”
Well yes you can and here’s how…
- Solvents are commonly used to thin oils for the under painting. So use acrylics for the under painting instead.
- Use solvent free mediums like linseed oil with your oils
- Use a water mixable mediums with your oil paint.
- Use a water mixable white as a mixing white.
- Use a good brush cleaner like Masters Brush Cleaner. It’ll clean all your painting brushes, acrylic, water mixable oils AND oils. I bought myself some to clean up my water mixable oils and I soon found it would clean normal oil paint out of my brushes too. It even cleaned a couple of my old acrylic brushes that were trashed by my previously less than successful attempts at cleaning!
That got me thinking, if I can clean up normal oil paints with this soap and I can mix normal oils and my Aqua oils then I don’t need to worry about solvents at all!
So you can paint in ordinary oils and STILL clean them under the tap. It takes 2 or 3 washes to get them properly clean, but it works and doesn’t involve solvents.
So you can still paint with oils and avoid solvents! :-)