I wanted a paint that would give me vibrant colors with a
rustic, natural-looking finish. It also had to hold enough
detail for me to paint designs onto it. The ability to mix
pigments to achieve different colors was also desirable.
Unable to find anything that quite met my requirements, I
researched making my own paint. Before modern furniture paints
like alkyd and latex, linseed oil paint was very common. I
made my own variety with boiled linseed oil, oxide pigments,
calcium carbonate, and mineral spirits. I used a glass muller
to fully mix pigments into the oil, the same way artistic oil
paints are made.
Making paint from scratch gave me precise control over color
and consistency. While it certainly wasn’t the easiest or
fastest option, I’m pleased with my results and I’m glad I
gave it a try.
Top to Bottom: Pigments and calcium carbonate to be mulled, the
chest after its brown base coat, the chest midway through