Back to Nature: The Appeal of Linseed Paints
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Like many onetime household standbys, linseed oil paint is making a comeback—and we're all for it. When London artist Marianna Kennedy told us about Holkham Linseed Paints (she uses them throughout her artistic home in Spitalfields), we wanted to know more. Holkham, based in the UK, makes all of its linseed paints and accouterments in Sweden. Unlike conventional paints, which use a physical barrier to protect wood, linseed oil paint actually absorbs into the wood itself, nourishing and protecting the wood for the long haul. About every seven years, the pigment will start to fade and should be given a maintenance coat to revive its color. What's more, linseed oil paint is nontoxic and safe for use in your home. (In fact, linseed oil is better known in the US as flaxseed oil, the stuff nutritionists keep encouraging you to drink more of.) Above: Holkham Linseed Paint with a traditional Scandinavian Round Spooned Brush , available in sizes from 20 mm to 45 mm; prices start at ₤12.59 for the brush at Paint & Paper. Above: Linseed Oil Paint in Old Blue, Linseed Blue, and Ice Blue. ₤45.46 for 1 liter. Above: Linseed Coloured Wax is ideal for wood in need of restorative care and protection but where only sheer color is desired. ₤15.74 for 200 ml. Above: Linseed Oil Paint in Sea Mist, Lichen, and Spruce Green.