Thursday, February 24, 2011

Think about paint... think about glue...


I've been working in the studio recently on a very large painting... large paintings can be a BIG investment in both paint and time. But, as with any work there is always the risk of things not working out no matter what the size... so only time will tell. However, I am pleased that I have discovered 'Sansodor' a low-odour solvent as a turpentine substitute. This is not a new product, I just didn't know about it until recently! I tend to start a painting with very under-bound paint (usually thinned with pure turpentine) and as an asthmatic often find myself suffering by the end of the day (oh how we suffer for our art). The Sansador has really helped so I now intend to buy it in large volumes.

Thinking about paint... thinking about glue... what a jolly boring thing to do ;) !

6 comments:

Fiona said...

Not boring at all. What is the track record of this solvent under oil? Do you have any idea how long its been around? Looking forward to seeing more of your big painting. x

... daisy... said...

I love the smell both of paint and glue!!!!!! I know it doesn't make sense with your post but I felt like sharing this! ;)

Natalie said...

Hi Fiona - I'm not too sure how long it's been around. I know of one other artist using it. It is made by Windsor and Newton - it is still harmful - but very low odour. Petroleum based but refined. I'll probably use it for my underpainting to prevent me from stinking out the whole building. But will probably use turps for the subsequent layers where I only use it minimally. If you see any appraisals/reviews in the future please forward the link. I'm hoping that it is stable ;) !

This is what they say: Sansodor from Winsor & Newton is increasingly popular as a low odour solvent, ideal for those who object to the smell of either turpentine or white spirit. It is petroleum based like white spirit, has none of the disadvantages of turpentine yet keeps the paint ‘open’, if anything, for slightly longer than turpentine. It is also the least toxic of the three solvents.

http://www.winsornewton.com/products.aspx?PageID=297&ProductID=835

N x

Natalie said...

Hi Daisy - yes I agree the smell of oil paint is lovely - in my opinion ;) Just trying to eliminate the smell and danger of the solvents. It seemed to work rather well - odourless (but still toxic) so therefore only smelling the paint!!! Yum!

juno said...

your blog looks really nice :)
i've been using only water soluble oil paint called Holbein Duo Aqua which I got from Jacksons. definitely recommend, however it's a bit expensive, especially if working in large pieces.

Natalie said...

Thank you Juno :)

I've never tried the water soluble oils but good to hear you get on well with them. I'll look them up. x

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