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The Ingredients

The Ingredients

 

Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil

Linseed Oil is the strongest binding vehicle used in oil painting. The purest form of linseed oil bares the name 'cold-pressed,' which simply means the oil has been pressed directly out of the flax seed without the use of heat. Old Masters only uses Cold-Pressed Oil, unlike other companies which resort to cheaper refined oils.

 

 

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Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine

Pure turpentine is made from the exudate of pine trees. It is often added to various cleaning products for its fresh, piney scent. Old Masters Maroger uses only Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine which is essential to the medium's thixotropic (congealing) process. Other turpentine, such as distilled, refined, or rectified, will not achieve a durable medium. This solvent is also the basis of our Mastic Varnish.

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Mastic

Mastic is a resin, like sap, which grows on trees. It has many uses: mastic is a common ingredient in Greek desserts, people take mastic pills for health, and painters use mastic to make varnishes and mediums. Old Masters Maroger uses only the world's highest quality mastic from the Mastic Gum Growers Association in Chios, an island off the coast of Greece.

 

 

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Beeswax

The key ingredient of Italian Wax medium, Old Masters Maroger's organic, unbleached beeswax is known for its pleasent scent and never goes bad. Talk about longevity! Purity is maintained through refinement without the use of chemicals, thus keeping the integrity of the beeswax intact. It's thick luster adds a bold, tactile quality to our Italian Wax medium.

 

 

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Litharge

For centuries the old masters used this ingredient as a siccative, or drying agent. Today, many companies use pseudo-megilps (alkyds) to save money. Using cheap, synthetic mediums sacrifices the strength and durability of the paint and can cause delamination of paint layers. Wikipedia states, "There are extant pictures of at least two centuries painted with the documented use of Maroger medium that have been very well preserved, something probably attributable to the presence of litharge in the paint film." Litharge is safe to handle but toxic if ingested. Click the link below to learn more. 

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