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Citrus Essence Brush Cleaner

Rinse your paint brushes with Citrus Essence Brush Cleaner during painting sessions to remove paint from brushes, and thoroughly clean your brushes with it after your painting sessions to remove paint and medium.

Chelsea Classical Studios Citrus Essence Brush Cleaner is a safer, natural alternative to turpentine, petroleum mineral spirits and other toxic solvents. It is made from 100% natural distilled citrus fruit.

Combine with Lavender & Olive Oil Brush Soap to moisturize brushes, keeping them in good condition for future use.

Fat Medium

Chelsea Classical Studios Fat Medium For Oil Painting is a mixture of Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed and Lavender Damar Varnish. It will make the paint more glossy, dry faster, and is recommended for later stages of painting.

The painting method of “Fat Over Lean” means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting.  It does NOT refer to paint thickness. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness. To paint Fat over Lean, use less oil to begin with, and more oil and/or varnish on successive painting days.

Lavender & Olive Oil Brush Soap

Lavender & Olive Oil Brush Soap is a handmade soap created to both clean and moisturize paint brushes, keeping them in good condition for future use. It is made from olive oil, lavender oil, wax, and lye. No chemical detergents or additives are used.

Simply clean paint brushes with Lavender & Olive Oil Brush Soap and warm water after your painting session. After all traces of paint and medium are gone, thoroughly rinse out the soap from the brushes with warm water and let dry.

Combine with Lavender Brush Cleaner or Citrus Essence Brush Cleaner to increase the longevity of your paint brushes.

Lavender Brush Cleaner

Rinse your paint brushes with Lavender Brush Cleaner during painting sessions to remove paint from brushes, and thoroughly clean your brushes with it after your painting sessions to remove paint and medium.

Chelsea Classical Studios Lavender Brush Cleaner is a safer, natural alternative to turpentine, petroleum mineral spirits and other toxic solvents.

Combine with Lavender & Olive Oil Brush Soap to moisturize brushes, keeping them in good condition for future use.

Lavender Damar Varnish

Lavender Damar Varnish can be used as a final varnish, diluted with Lavender Spike Oil Essence to make a retouch varnish, or mixed with into mediums to make them glossier and dry faster.

Chelsea Classical Studios Lavender Damar Varnish is made with damar resin dissolved in Lavender Spike Oil Essence instead of Turpentine.

Since it is made with Lavender Spike Oil Essence, it does not cause chronic health effects such as those associated with the inhalation of fumes from other varnishes made with Turpentine or mineral spirits.

Lavender Retouch Varnish

Lavender Retouch Varnish can be used as a retouch varnish, or mixed with into mediums to make them glossier and dry faster.

Lavender Retouch Varnish is made with damar resin dissolved in Lavender Spike Oil Essence instead of Turpentine.

Since it is made with Lavender Spike Oil Essence, it does not cause chronic health effects such as those associated with the inhalation of fumes from other varnishes made with Turpentine or mineral spirits.

Lavender Spike Oil Essence

CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence is a historically documented alternative to turpentine distilled from lavender. It can fully dissolve resins for varnishes, and mix with paints and mediums. Its distinctive lavender scent does not cause chronic health effects such as those associated with the inhalation of fumes from Turpentine or Petroleum Mineral Spirits.

The usage of CCS Lavender Spike Oil Essence and Turpentine are nearly identical. Both are oil painting solvents that are used to thin oil paints and mediums, and to make varnishes like damar.

Lean Medium

CCS Lean Medium For Oil Painting is a mixture of Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed and Lavender Spike Oil Essence. It will thin the paint, make it dry faster, and is recommended for the early layers of painting.

The painting method of “Fat Over Lean” means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting.  It does NOT refer to paint thickness. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness. To paint Fat over Lean, use less oil to begin with, and more oil and/or varnish on successive painting days.

Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed

Chelsea Classical Studios Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed is extracted using the more costly, time-tested method of cold-pressing oils. This method follows historic precedent by using the most natural oil and extraction processes. CCS does not use high-heat extracted oils. High-heat and chemically extracted oils have many more impurities than cold-pressed oils, and that extraction process may alter the oil’s natural properties.

Raw cold-pressed oils have a dark yellow-orange color that can affect paint color. Most art material companies either sell the uncleaned raw cold-pressed oil, or use harsh chemical cleaning and bleaching processes to make the oils lighter in color. CCS Linseed Oil Pale Cold-Pressed is washed and cleaned using natural processes documented since the Renaissance.

Oil Painting Medium & Cleaner Sets

Try the Chelsea Classical Studios system of painting mediums in one convenient sampler pack, or different packs of two-item combos.

The eight piece sampler set has everything that you need for your painting mediums: oils, mediums, solvents, varnishes, and brush cleaners.

Walnut Oil Pale Cold-Pressed

Chelsea Classical Studios Walnut Oil Pale Cold-Pressed is extracted using the more costly, time-tested method of cold-pressing oils. This method follows historic precedent by using the most natural oil and extraction processes. CCS does not use high-heat or chemically extracted oils, which have many more impurities than cold-pressed oils, and because those processes may alter the oil’s natural properties.

Walnut oil is naturally less yellow and dries slower than linseed oil. Leonardo Da Vinci recommended walnut oil, and from the Renaissance onward it was used for whites and light colors.

Raw cold-pressed oils have a dark yellow-orange color that can affect paint color. Most art material companies either sell the uncleaned raw cold-pressed oil, or use harsh chemical cleaning and bleaching processes to make the oils lighter in color. CCS Walnut Oil Pale Cold-Pressed is washed and cleaned using natural processes documented since the Renaissance.