About Zest-it® Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
|About Linseed and Linseed Oil.
Linseed oil is a yellow to amber coloured drying oil pressed from the dry ripe seeds of the Linseed plant (Linum Usitatissimum).
Linseed is a member of the family Linaceae of which there are over 120 species and one of the few plants that have true blue flowers. Linseed oil has been used for centuries in both paint and varnish, also in the making of linoleum, sailcloth, oilskins and some inks. The spent seeds after pressing produces 'Linseed-oil cake', this in the form of nuts and pellets becomes feed for farm animals.
The Flax plant fibres have been used for over 5000 years for the production of Linen, as cloth or canvas, finer forms as damask and lace. Coarser fibres give us twine and rope, fine fibres are used in paper, paper currency and cigarette paper. Its nectar feeds much of the insect world. It can also be found in health food shops as nutritional Flaxseed/Linseed oil. A wonderful little plant that serves many!
Dry colour pigment
Our Linseed oil comes direct from a farm in the UK that produces Flaxseed/Linseed oil for dietary and culinary use. It is cold pressed to extract the oil without the use of heat, solvent or chemicals.
It is advisable to use a leaner painting medium for under-painting before completing the painting using CPLO.
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