Safety In Your Studio



"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1 ASV
Artistic Lineage doesn't disregard metal-based pigments (lead, cobalt, cadmium, selenium, and manganeses) because to do so would disarm the oil painter of many of his or her best colors. At the same time, we respect the fact that metal-based paints and pigments themselves need to be handled responsibly. Linseed oil and solvents also needs to be considered in this regard. Please read to the following guidelines below for best safety practices.

OIL PAINTING SAFETY PRACTICES

 Avoid consumption.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling oil colors.
Keep out of reach of children and animals.
Avoid Inhalation.
Do not spray-apply oil colors which contain lead, cadmium, selenium, cobalt, chrome, or manganese which could release fine pigment particles into the air thereby creating Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). 
Orderless Mineral Spirits - Although odorless mineral spirits may have virtually no scent, that does not equate to non-toxic: We use odorless mineral spirits (OMS) in some of our mediums that is of the highest purity, refined to remove all aromatic components. Nonetheless volitive organic carbons (VOCs) are still present. If Using use outdoors or with adequate ventilation. 
Turpentine - does dries quicker and will impart a slight sheen to the oil paint as compared to OMS, however try to avoid using turpentine altogether as it is toxic to breathe and handle. As an essential oil it will enter through the skin on contact. If using turpentine as a solvent use with adequate ventilation - preferably outdoors - and while wearing gloves to prevent absorption into the skin.
 Avoid skin contact.
Wear latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves while painting with (and for cleanup of) brushes and painting knives, or if using your hands or fingers to apply paint: This creates a sound barrier between the oil color and your skin.
Use safflower oil, Murphys Oil Soap, or Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean any paint that may have accidentally come in contact with your skin. Do not use Clorox wipes or solvents to clean paint from hands.
Use safflower, walnut, Murphys Oil Soap, or Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean brushes, painting knives, and palette. Cleanup using paper towels and dispose of according to your state's regulations. 
Avoid using cotton rags while painting and for cleanup.
COTTON CLOTH SATURATED WITH LINSEED OIL IS WELL KNOWN TO SELF IGNITE: THIS PRACTICE CREATES A GREAT FIRE RISK TO YOUR STUDIO OR HOME.  If using cloth or paper to cleanup linseed oil, immediately dampen these with water and seal in an airtight container before disposal.