Blown oil

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A thickened vegetable or animal oil that has been processed in a stream of air or oxygen. Blown oils are partially oxidized and thus thicker and faster drying. Common blown oils castor, linseed, rapeseed, whale, and fish oils. Blown oils are used in paints and varnishes, but are not suitable for artist's uses because they have poor durability and darken on exposure to light.

Synonyms and Related Terms

huille soufflee (Fr.); aceite soplado (Esp.); oxidized oil; base oil; thickened oil; polymerized oil

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 559
  • Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide To Studio Methods and Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1983
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993