Linseed oil

For more than five hundred years linseed oil has been the most important binder for oil paint. Linseed oil is pressed from the seed of the flax plant. Linseed as binder for oil paint has proven to have the best properties. Other drying oils give a less durable layer of paint, can darken considerably or take far too long to dry. There is unfortunately no oil that is optimal for every desired property; however, linseed oil has proven throughout the centuries to have the best combination of properties.
As linseed oil shows some yellowing in time, some artists prefer to replace it with safflower oil, particularly for white paint.

Lijnolie en saffloerolie

Safflower oil                Linseed oil