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Posted By: George O'Hanlon
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Joined Date: Jun 15, 2004

You should look at your painting practice, materials and substrates for ideas on how to slow the drying rate of your painting rather than looking for retarders, since they are all problematic in painting. There are no useful retarders for oil paint that are also not toxic in a studio setting and also probematic in use. In the Painting Best Practices workshop, we address these issues and provide concise suggestions on how to descrease or increase drying time of oil paint. For example, painting on acrylic grounds will slow the drying rate of oil paint as opposed to lead oil grounds. Another example, using colors with slow drying oils, such as safflower and walnut as you have found, slows drying.

George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Oct 29, 2017
Posted By: Dik Liu
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Jun 10, 2016

Seeing that clove oil is not archival, what do you think is the best oil paints retardant?

I have used poppy oil, safflower oil, and Rublev's walnut oil gel. They dried too fast for me. Following old art techniques books, I have also used rosemary and lavender oil. They don't work. Please note that I was using lavender oil meaning that it was made from just the flower, and not oil of spike lavender which is made from the whole plant and is a turpentine substitute.

Thanks.

Posted : Oct 28, 2017

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