Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Essential Oils in painting?

    Oil painting! Just getting back into oil painting after some years, and learning more about it as I go. Recently have been looking for alternative means of thinning paint without use of toxic solvents (ie Turps and spirits)...and my search has come upon the use of essential oils.

    It's been documented since, what, the Renaissance, since oils like Spike Lavender and Rosemary being used as a solvent alternative. More pricey alternative but far safer and apparently more efficient than Turps.

    What I am trying to find out is whether Spike and Rosemary are the only workable essential-oils that does the job, or if there are more. Any essential oil? What's the difference? Could I expect the same workflow and efficiency with non-spike lavender or something entirely different?

    Oil painters lend me your knowledge with your experience with essential oils as an alt for painting!


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    13,901
    Thanks
    4,206
    Thanked 6,674 Times in 4,587 Posts
    Non spike lavender oil will have impurities in it. You don't need a lot of spike lavender oil - a small bit goes a long way. I love using it, but it does make the place smell like a boudoir.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,413
    Thanks
    306
    Thanked 1,285 Times in 1,021 Posts
    Be aware that thinning with solvent is different from using oil; make sure you understand fat over lean.
    Grinnikend door het leven...

    Sketchbook Blog

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I figured the reason Spike Lavender and Rosemary are the obvious choice is due to their potency in camphor which exists in both Rosemary and Spike Lavender. Not all lavender oils contain camphor (or as much as, to the least) like Spike.
    Is it the camphor in them that creates the solvent-like properties? If not, would any other essential oil do just as well? How about woody essential oils or even rose?
    My goal is to grab a fair understanding behind the use of EO in oil painting. Not a whole lot of info on the matter when I Google.

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Pasadena, CA
    Posts
    4,078
    Thanks
    278
    Thanked 1,056 Times in 672 Posts
    Don't get any on you. Google "essential oils and male breasts"

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    5,474
    Thanks
    3,143
    Thanked 6,544 Times in 2,756 Posts

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Pasadena, CA
    Posts
    4,078
    Thanks
    278
    Thanked 1,056 Times in 672 Posts
    Yes. I found it interesting when I read it, but not a concern to me since I have no interest in essential oils. (Unless olive oil is an essential oil. I cook with that stuff.)

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I think I've come to a conclusion that it's indeed the camphor chemical in certain plants that give the solvent-like properties. Spike Lavender and Rosemary being a couple of those that contain a nice concentration. There's also camphor oil which I'm now pretty sure can be used as an alt solvent to thin paint. So it's not the fact that essential oils act as a thinner, but only certain plants that contain camphor.
    Any ideas or experiences?

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North'n Ironed
    Posts
    857
    Thanks
    167
    Thanked 287 Times in 202 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Non spike lavender oil will have impurities in it. You don't need a lot of spike lavender oil - a small bit goes a long way. I love using it, but it does make the place smell like a boudoir.
    My one trip to Australia involved a long, sleepless flight in a hot, cramped plane. They pumped a lot of lavender scent through the air vents, the whole time.

    I don't think I could cope.

    Quote Originally Posted by arttorney View Post
    (Unless olive oil is an essential oil. I cook with that stuff.)
    Nah, essential oils are very concentrated distillations, that can hold harmful levels of certain compounds. The bottles always have a warning not to apply it directly to skin, let alone ingest it.
    ...which is only my opinion.
    Sketchbook Deviations

  11. #10
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    13,901
    Thanks
    4,206
    Thanked 6,674 Times in 4,587 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Vermis View Post
    My one trip to Australia involved a long, sleepless flight in a hot, cramped plane. They pumped a lot of lavender scent through the air vents, the whole time.

    I don't think I could cope.
    It does fade, but some people are very sensitive to the smell like you, poor delicate flower

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to Black Spot For This Useful Post:


  13. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    GTA, Ontario
    Posts
    251
    Thanks
    218
    Thanked 95 Times in 76 Posts
    I'm shocked they're allowed to do that. A lot of public places in my country have strict bans on perfumes and other scented products because scent allergies are so common.
    Sketchbook (last updated June 20th, 2018)

Similar Threads

  1. SketchBook: a-painting-a-day in oils
    By Seedling in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 799
    Last Post: January 4th, 2011, 09:51 AM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: July 4th, 2009, 06:04 PM
  3. SketchBook: Cepro is now painting with oils
    By Cepro in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 82
    Last Post: September 10th, 2008, 01:47 PM
  4. WW2 Painting, WIP Oils
    By Phil Moss in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 57
    Last Post: May 20th, 2008, 06:55 AM
  5. Art: Lioness Painting- Oils
    By t e m p i s t ~ in forum Finished Art
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: September 8th, 2005, 01:11 AM

Members who have read this thread: 1

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Designed by The Coldest Water, we build the coldest best water bottles, ice packs and best pillows.