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By Lane Gwinn
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Oil painting and a safe studio


August 15, 2019

Lane Gwinn

Water mixable oil paints like these from Windsor Newton and walnut oil as an alternative to solvents make for a safe artist's studio.

Artists have always found a way to make beautiful art out of the most toxic materials. Traditionally, oil paint not only used toxic pigment like cadmiums and colbalt, it was also common to use hazardous solvents like turpentine or mineral spirits to thin paint and clean brushes.

Over the last few decades, paint manufacturers have worked to replace or modify toxic pigments in their products. This was done for economic and liability reasons, but the result has made oil paint one of the safest artist materials to use.

It is the solvent used for clean-up that is still hazardous and can cause s...

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