Natural pale drying oil used as a traditional binder for grinding oil colours.
Has increased wetting power and imparts flexibility to paint films.
Made by crushing the safflower seed under great pressure.
Safflower, like all artists’ drying oils, harden by absorbing oxygen. As it oxidises, it also polymerizes at a molecular level being changed into a non-reversible film.
Safflower Oil. Extracted from Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorus) using cold pressing method.
For best results thin with Distilled Gum Turpentine. However, Artists’ White Spirit or Langridge Low Toxic Solvent may be substituted. The use of the latter solvents will tend to reduce the fatness of stroke and the oil film will dry with less richness due to the partial destruction of the paint film.
Langridge Cold Pressed Safflower Oil is a very pale straw colour liquid with a characteristic oil odour. The colour of the oil will not affect the oil colours with which it is mixed.
Clean brushes with any artists’ solvent (eg Gum Turpentine, Low Toxic Solvent, etc.). For further washing apply a small quantity of Sennelier Cleaner, Generals Brush Cleaner or pure olive oil soap and massage the bristles of the brush to release any remaining colour. Wash thoroughly in warm water. Leave brushes to fully dry before using for oil colours.
48-72 hours to touch dry. Full film drying 3-6 months