How to Make Liquid White Without Linseed Oil

You may have seen many recipes that call for linseed oil in their ingredients list. Linseed oil is an ingredient in many liquid white recipes, but if you are allergic or would instead not use it, there are other options. This blog post will go over how to make liquid white without linseed oil and what else can be used instead. 

One way to make liquid white is with beeswax and turpentine. This recipe calls for one pound of beeswax, two ounces of turpentine, and water as needed to thin out the paint mixture. The instructions say that you should heat the wax on a double boiler until it melts, then add the turpentine while stirring continuously.

After this, it is recommended that you add water to create the desired consistency. Read on to know more!

How to Make Liquid White Without Linseed Oil

10 Ways on How to Make Liquid White Without Linseed Oil:

To get a good quality liquid white, you should use Linseed oil. But there are other things available that can be used to substitute linseed oil. We will discuss them in this article.

1. Water Based:

Water-based liquid whites are ideal for beginners. They are easy to use and very forgiving. If you make a mistake, it is easy to correct with water. The downside is that they do not always produce the best results.

2. Oil Based:

Oil-based liquid whites are more challenging to work with than water-based whites. However, they produce a better quality finish. They are more work to use, but they are worth the effort if you have the time. To ensure that the oil-based liquid whites do not harden before they are used, it is vital to use them quickly after mixing.

3. Dry Pigment:

Dry pigments can be mixed with oil or water to create a workable liquid white. The resulting mixture remains workable for a longer period than oil or water-based whites, although you should still use them as soon as possible. The most popular dry pigments are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and barium sulfate.

4. Glue Based:

Glue-based white is not very commonly used because it can be difficult to find good-quality glue to produce solid results. However, if you find a brand that works for you, consider yourself lucky! Mix the glue with an equal amount of water to create a liquid white.

5. Alkyd Based:

Alkyd-based liquid whites are a good compromise between water-based and oil-based whites. They are easy to use and produce good results. Some brands are not good quality, however. So make sure that the brand you choose produces materials that will stay workable for at least 20 minutes.

Some Brands Are Not Good Quality

6. Wax Based:

Wax-based liquid whites are difficult to find and generally do not produce very good results. They can be used with oil or water-based pigments, but they are not recommended.

7. Acrylic Emulsion:

Acrylic emulsion liquid whites are water-based and easy to use. They produce good results, but they can be a bit streaky.

8. Latex Emulsion:

Latex emulsion is a water-based paint that can be made with non-toxic ingredients. It dries quickly and is easy to clean up with soap and water. Latex emulsion is also a good choice for those allergic to oil paints.

9. Casein:

Casein is similar to the emulsion, but it is more versatile and harder-wearing than white emulsion. It can be used with oil or water-based pigments and produces good results. However, it dries quickly, so it is best used when you hurry.

10. Protein Based:

Protein-based liquid whites are very similar to emulsion white. They dry quickly but produce good results. Some brands also produce oil paints made into liquid whites by simply adding water. Ensure that the brand you choose has paint made into a liquid white with no more than three parts water.

They Dry Quickly but Produce Good Results

Some Tips and Suggestions:

1. Linseed oil is not the only type of oil used to make liquid white. Walnut oil, poppy seed oil, and safflower oil are good alternatives.

2. If you are using a different type of oil, it is essential to make sure that it is light in color and has a mild smell. If it is dark or has a strong smell, the liquid white will come out too brown.

3. If you choose to use walnut oil, make sure that you mix in some other type of oil with it to get the best white color for your liquid white mixture.

4. Remember that you will need to use more oil than water when preparing the liquid white mixture. The ratio should be about 1:4 or 1:5.

5. It is also essential to ensure that the water you use is clean and free from any impurities.

6. The liquid white can be stored in a glass jar or bottle, but it must be stored in a cool, dry place where the temperature is around room temperature.

7. Be sure that you choose a glass jar or bottle that has never contained any chemical before. If the jar has contained chemicals, there may still be residue left over, which can contaminate your mixture and ruin its color or paint texture.

8. It is also a good idea to choose a jar or bottle that has a lid with an airtight seal so that it will be able to keep out any impurities.

What Can You Use Instead of Linseed Oil?

Depending on how you look, linseed oil is either an essential part of your art supplies or just another acrylic paint ingredient. It can be used to make liquid white, which artists use to create light effects on objects like hair and gold leaf. You can also buy liquid white ready-made. However, linseed oil can be expensive, and some artists prefer to avoid it. If you’re looking for a substitution, here are a few options:

Linseed Oil Can Be Expensive

1. Walnut or Poppy Oil:

These oils are transparent and have a yellow tint. They’re also less expensive than linseed oil.

2. Mineral Spirits:

These are the same solvents used to thin paint, but they give a slightly different result.

3. Titanium White:

This is one of the main ingredients in liquid white, so that you can use titanium white straight from your tube. However, since titanium white can be expensive and heavy for effects like hair highlights, using it as the only white in your liquid white mixture might not be the best option.

4. White Glue:

This is a more affordable option, but it won’t have the same transparency as other oils.

5. Milk:

Adding milk to your mixture will make it opaque, which can be a desirable effect for some artists.


The recipe for liquid white is simple, but the results are impressive. You can use it to paint walls or ceilings without worrying about drips and messes on your flooring like you might with traditional oil-based paints.

Plus, if you’re painting a large room that needs more than one coat of paint, then it’s much easier to mix up another batch of this water-based primer instead of waiting overnight or longer for linseed oil varnish to dry between coats!

If you don’t want an odor in your home while priming before painting (or perhaps prefer not to smell like turpentine), follow the steps mentioned in this blog post on how to make liquid white without linseed oil. If you have any questions or want to know more, then feel free to comment below!

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