This installment comes from our pal Matthew Stiles:
NEVER, EVER use hardware store grade products, especially turpentine, linseed oil, "varnish" or most of the mineral (white) spirits. These products are generally made as cheaply and thus as poorly as possible, smell horrid, and produce poor quality, short-lasting results.
Lisa's corrollary: OTOH, do use the hardware store for things like gesso brushes, buckets, taborets, and sheets of clear acrylic (for palettes). Sometimes the art store overcharges for these things.
Thanks Matthew! Do you have a NEVER, EVER you'd like to share? Shoot me an email with the tip, your name and your blog so we can credit you. firstname.lastname@example.org
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