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March 01, 2004

sun thickening oil

Itís Monday morning so I must stir the oil. Linseed oil in a shallow baking tray sits, in the sun, on the window sill with a glass sheet over it. Over time [many weeks, months even] the sun clarifies and thickens the oil. This is a dream to add to the paint, making it smoother and extending it within the brushstroke. That is: making it gloriously easier to paint with.

As with all these things the first time is a lot of waiting, but if you have some oil on the go all the time youíll always have some.

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Posted by john at March 1, 2004 09:23 AM

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