Zest-it has dedicated the past 25 years to producing traditional artists’ solvents, mediums and paint. The Deckle Edge stocks an assortment of safer-to-use goodies for artists wanting to be kinder on the environment and themselves.

Have a look at all Zest-it goodies we now have on offer and get safer solutions for your studio.

Solvents

The Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner is a much safer solvent for oil painters than Gum Turpentine and White Spirit.

It does not contain any Aromatics or CFC’s and it is non-flammable, non-toxic and biodegradable with low VOC’s and is therefore kinder to the environment.

It is re-usable, which makes it economical and a little goes a long way. Use to thin oil paint, oil based ink, oil pastels and wax pencils. Excellent for blending oil pastel, oil bars and paint sticks, can be used to give a smooth finish, the same techniques can be used with wax based media.

Also available in 125ml , 500ml and 1000ml

Acrylic Brush Cleaner is a much safer solvent for use in the studio, it is easy to use and has a slight orange/citrus smell.

It will remove old dried Acrylic paint from brushes that would normally only be good for throwing in the bin. Brushes ‘crusted’ with dried Acrylic from constant use can now be brought back to supple usefulness!

It is water soluble, non-flammable, non-toxic and contains no Aromatics or CFC’s, has low VOC’s and is kinder to the environment. It can be diluted with water if you find it too powerful or just use a small amount.

It is re-usable, which makes it economical and a little goes a long way.
The citrus oil element helps to stop the hair/bristles from becoming brittle and dry, so your brushes last longer.

Cold Wax Solvent is a non-toxic, non flammable fluid with a slight yellow colour. It has a mild orange smell from the Citrus Oil, it has low VOC’s, which means little is lost to the atmosphere and your workspace. It does not mix with water.

It is ideal for thinning Wax and Oil paint mixtures to change the handling qualities and for making glazes and drizzles. Use to clean brushes, painting knives, rollers, wedges, shapers and even surface mistakes from the canvas.

It does not contain any Aromatics or CFC’s, it is classed as biodegradable and is therefore kinder to the environment. It is re-usable, which makes it economical and a little goes a long way

Pencil Blend is excellent for blending Coloured Pencils,
it is also ideal for use with crayons, oil pastel and graphite.
Pencil blend has been tested with the following Coloured Pencils,
Luminance, Polychromos, Derwent; Drawing, Artist and Coloursoft.

It is non-toxic and non-flammable which many Pencil Artists value for use with their pencils and in the studio environment.

It leaves no residue of itself once dry, it is economical in use as a small amount goes a long way.

It has very low VOC’s which means little is lost to the atmosphere, many prefer the safer aspects of the solvent than mineral spirit or similar solvents, most of which are flammable.

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Painting Mediums

The Lean Painting Medium is for used in the first layers of an oil painting, gives an excellent flexible ‘key’ and stable foundation for further oil work.

Use to thin oil paint to a thin flowing consistency for an underpainting or grisaille and oil sketches. Also for painting wet-in-wet and with oil pastels and oil bars. Dries to a strong, flexible film with non-yellowing properties.

Can be thinned with Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner.

Touch dry in 12 to 24 hours depending on ambient temperature.

Zest-it Glazing Medium will improve the flow of oil paint, levels the brush marks and dried to a glossy flexible film with non-yellowing properties. Mix with oil paint to a thin soupy consistency apply in thin layers.

Glazing Medium Light is a mix of Zest-it Brush Cleaner, Damar Varnish and Linseed Stand Oil. Use to thin transparent oil paint for glazing, only a small amount is needed.

Can be thinned and your brushes cleaned with Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner. Touch dry in 12 to 24 hours depending on the ambient conditions.

Removers

Zest-it Artist Adhesive Remover safely removes Hinging Tape, Glue Dots, Masking Fluid and the sticky residue from: paper, wood, mount board, glass, fabric, plastic and china.

Zest-it Masking Fluid Remover is used to safely remove masking fluid from your brushes and nibs. It is not an aggressive remover, so patience is rewarded.

Dry Media

Zest-it Graphite Powder is a versatile material and can be used as an additive to give ‘tooth’ and impart texture to painting media.

Can be added to oil paint, cold wax, gesso, mediums, plaster and primers.
an excellent drawing material. Use as a dry pigment or with a solvent.

Zest-It Gum Damar Resin is tree glue or gum from deciduous trees found in India and East Asia. Most is produced by tapping trees, however, some is collected in fossilised form on the ground. The gum varies in colour from clear to pale yellow, while the fossilised form is grey-brown.

Gum Damar Resin lumps is for making and use in:

Damar varnish, Glazes, Adhesives, Encaustic medium when mixed with bees wax and Ceramics

Cold Wax Paint

Zest-it Cold Wax Paints are crafted with high quality pure pigments, many being natural pigments, chosen for their attributes and suitability for use with wax.

Zest-it Cold Wax Paints are archival, have excellent lightfastness and retain the inherent character of the wax. All the paint colours are intermixable, and they are also non-toxic and non-flammable.

Read more about them on our Zest-it Cold Wax Paints Blog

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