Oil paint for artists

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2007 - 4:36am
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M. Graham Company (Oregon) makes a top quality oil paint that uses walnut oil as a binder. I spoke with one of the owners this morning about the walnut oil.

She called their walnut oil supplier and was told that they have not processed peanuts in the walnut oil factory for years.

It should be safe - unless, of course, you are TNA.

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2007 - 10:48pm
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Thanks for this info. I'm TNA as wellas PA and I used to paint using oil paints. Been thinking about doing it again and I don't think I would have even thought about reading the labels on the paints.

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2007 - 11:14pm
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will it be listed on the tubes? i worry about artists supplies as my son gets older

Posted on: Sat, 01/06/2007 - 1:26am
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I've never had any PA problems with art supplies, but Turpenoid and Gamsol aggravate my asthma.
Tidina, some manufacturers will list the binder that is used to hold the pigment together....other's don't. For example, Winsor & Newton tubes state that the binder is Linseed/Safflower. Most paint manufacturers use linseed as a binder.
Mom1170, M. Graham does list walnut oil on their products. I believe the oil they use is cold-pressed.
I don't know anything about kids or student's art supplies, but in the 'professional' products, I use Winsor & Newton, Da Vinci, Holbein, and one or two other brands in watercolor. In oil, I use Winsor & Newton, Lukas, Holbein, M. Graham, Permalba, Gamblin and a few others. I'm going to switch to primarily M. Graham in oil as the binder is 'just' walnut oil, without solvents.
The older I get, the more concerned I am about the products I use as I'm exposed to it all day and every day - but it is the chemical toxicity I worry about - not PA.
If anyone has PA or TNA concerns about a specific brand of watercolor or oil, email me off the boards and I'll see if I can get the info you need.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited January 06, 2007).]

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