English distilled turpentine

24 Feb 2009

Q: My instructor for an upcoming workshop is requesting we use English Distilled Turpentine. How does this differ from regular turpentine? His painting medium is a mixture of English turpentine, linseed oil, and dammar varnish.

A: English Distilled Turpentine is very refined oil that is used to dilute oil colors and to clean brushes. It has greater wetting properties than Artists’ White Spirit and needs to be stored in the dark because exposure to air and light cause it to thicken. It is transparent, flammable, and has a characteristic odor.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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