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New: Handy essential oils

New: Handy essential oils

Due to popular demand we’ve introduced handy half-litre bottles of our raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil and balsam turpentine, making your smaller projects more cost-effective and offering handy sized bottles so your essential oils are always on hand. Discover these great linseed oil products here.

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Raw Linseed Oil

Raw linseed oil is exactly that! It’s 100% natural, cold-pressed, matured linseed oil from Sweden. It’s a great multipurpose potion for any painter and decorator or keen DIYer to keep in their cupboard. Used for oiling interior wood, it offers superior preservative qualities. It’s also a fundamental tool for decorating with linseed paint as the oil is used to thin the paint down, allowing for application of thin coats which is essential. We recommend using raw linseed oil when painting very dry, porous wood. 

Boiled Linseed Oil

Boiled linseed oil has a faster drying time than raw linseed oil, making it a very useful tool when treating indoor wood surfaces. Boiled linseed oil offers a rich, mellow patina to stripped or bare wood. Just like raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil can also be used for diluting linseed paint.

Balsam Turpentine

Made from extracts of organic distilled resin from Arentinian pine trees, balsam turpentine is 100% natural. If you’re working with hard woods, we recommend using balsam turpentine to dilute linseed paint over raw or boiled linseed oil. What’s more, it’s an essential tool for cleaning painting equipment, which is why every painter, decorator or DIYer should have a small bottle in stock.

Buy raw and boiled linseed oil or balsam turpentine here

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NEW: Clear Linseed Oil

NEW: Clear Linseed Oil

We’ve kept it under wraps for long enough. After a lengthly research and development process, we’re excited to launch an innovative new product. Clarity Oil is a natural linseed oil that creates a colourless, transparent finish unlike traditional linseed oil and also offers superior protection. Here’s how…

Linseed Oil Clarity

Linseed’s Natural Finish

Traditional linseed oil produces a wonderful, rich golden tone. However, this doesn’t always fit the brief. That’s why we’ve created Clarity Linseed Oil, which produces a completely 100% natural wood finish with no yellowing. It’s an ideal product for protecting wood and highlighting its authentic hue.

Linseed Pigment Protection 

Did you know that protection against UV breakdown comes from the pigment rather than the oil? Oil is the vehicle to help the pigment get applied and penetrate the surface. It also nourishes the wood and provides the wicking properties. The pigment is essential in giving linseed paint its outstanding claims; long-lasting protection plus many more. 

10 reasons to use linseed paint

Unlike conventional oils, Clarity Linseed Oil contains a special formula; natural linseed oil plus while and grey pigment - that’s it. The pigment protects from UV light to offer a longer-lasting finish to exterior surfaces. Clarity Linseed Oil can be used on all timber for both interior and exterior use.

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How to apply Clarity Linseed Oil

Clarity was developed for exterior applications, but can obviously be used in interiors as well. Clarity oil deliberately does not contain drying agents, so when when treating surface like tables and kitchen worktops, please make sure to allow plenty of days for the oil to dry.

When you first apply Clarity Oil it has the appearance of a whitish/grey wash but transforms to a perfectly clear linseed oil finish.

  • Apply in 2-3 very thin coats. Different types of timber may required more or fewer coats, depending on the absorption level.
  • Apply Clarity linseed oil using a brush and work it really well into your wood.
  • Wipe off any excess oil after 1-2 hours.
  • To maintain the finish, re-oil whenever required.
  • 1 litre of Clarity linseed oil will cover approximately 20-23 m2 of timber.

Clarity Linseed Oil is available in 1-litre and 3-litre tins. Buy Clarity Linseed Oil today from £29.

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Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Nick and Ingrid’s 1904 Victorian home in Harrogate is benefitting from a grand overhaul. Here they tell us about their renovation project…


Victoria renovation using linseed oil


1. Highlight Historic Features

Nick said: “We’ve been here eight years. The first job we did was rebuild the old entrance porch a year ago.” It’s a grand glass structure featuring ornate stain-glass windows and a vivid aubergine front door. “Even though a weather-shield paint was used it hasn’t even lasted a year and now needs repainting.”


2. Wash The Stone

Secondly Nick and Ingrid had their stone washed to give the house a freshen up. However, this highlights further problems. Decorator Ian Stokes said: “You can see the windows are in a real state. A synthetic paint has been used and it’s really flaking. We’re now stripping it down to the bare timber and applying linseed oil paint throughout.”

How to apply linseed oil


3. Protect the Timber

Ian encourages all his clients to use linseed paint on their project. “Modern conventional paints form a soft skin over the top of the surface you are painting. Linseed paint soaks in. Being a breathable finish, linseed paint allows for moisture to exit the timber. The penetration of the paint alongside the removal of moisture prolongs the timber lifespan from the decaying process,” says Ian. 

Linseed oil paint offers long-lasting colour and protection and only needs to be maintained every 10-15 years with a quick rub down of raw linseed oil, saving Nick and Ingrid the expense of further renovation in years to come. 

Why decorators use linseed paint


4. Conservative Interiors 

Ingrid takes us inside to see the work they’ve done on the interior of the home. “We’ve only managed three rooms so far. I’d like to say it’s a conservative style.” The house is accessorised with grand oak furniture and antique-style decor to compliment this grand Victorian home. “We’d like to paint the rest of the house in linseed oil paint now we’ve discovered what great colours and protection it offers.”

10 reasons to use linseed oil 


5. Restore Traditional Features

Next Nick and Ingrid plan to strip down all the internal doors to make a great feature throughout the home. “There’s another job for Oricalcum’s linseed products,” says Nick.


6. Go Natural

“No really, since Ian has introduced us to the product I’ve really researched it and even chatted to Oricalcum to get a real understanding of the product. It’s great to see paint returning to its natural roots and turning away from solvent-based synthetic paints. I’m really impressed with their passion.”

Why is linseed oil all natural and eco-friendly

Nick and Ingrid’s renovation is expected to take two to three week. We’re excited to reveal the finished project coming soon…

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When should you refresh your shop front?

When should you refresh your shop front?

When was the last time you stepped back and took a long look at the face of your business? Could your flakey paintwork be prohibiting profit?

The Art Shop retailer of Linseed oil paint

Transform your Turnover

Your window frames, door front and facia formulate a customer’s first impression of your business and are an imperative marketing tool to attract passing trade. 

On the modern highstreet where well-established independent local businesses jostle for attention with shiny new global brands, flakey paintwork and fading colour schemes will be detrimental to your turnover.

10 reasons to use linseed paint

Low-maintenance Makeover

Conventional exterior paints have very short lifespans; some lasting only a year or two. At Oricalcum we transform countless store fronts suffering from decaying woodwork, flaking paint and sun-bleached hues. 

Why decorators use linseed paint?

Our linseed oil paint will transform a store front for life. Maintenance is so minimal, painting the business will offer a huge return on investment. After 10-15 years all that’s needed is to wipe the linseed paint down with a little raw linseed oil on a cloth and it’s as good as new. 

What’s more, linseed oil paint’s wicking property draws moisture out of the surface of the paint to protect wood from rotting and metal from rusting. And one pot of linseed paint can be spread among wooden door and windows, metal railings and gates and even building render.

How to apply linseed paint?

Business Paint Package

We’ve put together a unique package for businesses including everything needed to make it easy to remove that flakey existing paint and rejuvenate the face of the brand.

Give your business a new, long-lasting look for only £299. To order yours today simple add the items above to your basket and use the discount code BUSINESS2016 at check out. Start shopping now

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How to apply linseed paint

How to apply linseed paint

Linseed oil paint doesn’t flake or peel, it provides a protective coating to wood, metal and render, it’s long-lasting and easy to maintain. What’s more, it’s so simple to apply. This how-to guide illustrates just how easy it is to use linseed oil paint at home.

Chatsworth Blue linseed paint

Step 1: Remove existing paint

To ensure you exploit all the benefits of linseed paint such as its moisture-wicking properties, prevention from decay, long-lasting protection and many more, you should apply linseed paint to bare timber, metal or render. 

A Speedheater Cobra offers the quickest and most effective way to remove existing paint. Using gentle infrared heat to remove paint, varnish, putty and even lead paint at lower temperatures, a Speedheater Cobra also avoids scorching wood and cracking glass.

If you can’t remove all the existing paint simply ensure it’s removed from the bottom third of the area you are painting. Gravity will push moisture down to this area, where it will sit and accelerate rot and decay. The linseed paint must be applied to the bare material here to take full advantage of the paints breathability and wicking properties.

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Step 2: Dilute and paint

Apply linseed paint in two or three thin coats. The first coat of linseed paint should be diluted with raw linseed oil.

If you are painting soft woods such as pine apply the linseed paint at a ratio of 50% linseed paint, 50% raw linseed oil. For exotic hard woods such as mahogany, teak and sapele apply using a ratio of 50% linseed paint, 35% raw linseed oil and 15% balsam turpentine

Apply a thin coat and wait until the paint is dry to touch (this should be 24 - 48 hours depending on the weather).

Chatsworth blue linseed paint

Why do painters and decorators use linseed paint?

Step 3: Paint straight from the tin

The second coat of linseed paint can be applied straight from the tin. There is the option to apply a third coat if necessary. Remember to always apply in thin coats. 

Check out linseed paint colours or use our colour match system

Step 4: Maintain

Linseed paint requires very little maintenance, unlike conventional paints which require refreshing regularly. Using linseed paint you’ll benefit from only having to carry out maintenance every 10-15 years; and we don’t mean repainting. After 10-15 years from applying the linseed paint, take a cloth or brush and wipe down the surface of the paint with raw linseed oil. That’s it!

Free advice 

If you’ve got a unique or difficult project and need a little extra help Oricalcum offers free customer advice to ensure you make the most of our linseed paint. Contact us today on 01423 500694 or email

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NEW: Free Oricalcum linseed oil paint colour card

NEW: Free Oricalcum linseed oil paint colour card

free linseed oil paint colour card

Walk into your local DIY store and pick up a paint colour card. What you’ll receive is a collage of swatches offering the nearest resemblance to the hues.

Attention to detail 

At Oricalcum we pride ourselves in attention to detail. That’s why, previously, we’ve only supplied individually hand-painted colour cards using our linseed oil paint; not reliant on colours produced by mass printing processes.

Free linseed oil paint colour cards

We’ve been working tirelessly to produce our complimentary printed linseed oil paint colour card, which provides the most accurate representation of the real-life hue you’ll see on your garden shed, front door, window frame, etc.

Order your free linseed oil paint colour card today and start choosing exactly the right shades for your next project.

10 reasons to use linseed paint

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How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

If you’re concerned about the size of your carbon footprint or aiming to create an eco-friendly home, find out how linseed paint could help.

Ottosson Fargmakeri

Harmful gases

Painting has a huge impact on the environment, whether you’re revamping your garden shed or a commercial decorator working with paint all day.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases emitted into the environment. Solvents in conventional paints contain high levels of VOCs. These solvent-filled paints add to the ongoing problems with our o-zone layer and also damage forests and crops.

Human health is also at risk as these mass-produced solvent paints are causing increasing respiratory problems.

The EU’s Paint Products Directive clamped down on the amount of VOCs in conventional paints. Therefore many paint brands now claim their paints are eco-friendly because they are water-based. However, there are many more environmental harms, which paint brands must take account for. 

Paint processing

Forget smog-filled factory skies and energy-draining manufacture. Linseed paint is produced through entirely natural processes. It is the simple process of taking natural flax seeds, pressing and boiling them to produce linseed oil.

It is then stored for half of the year until the impurities fall to the bottom. It couldn't be a more natural, eco-friendly manufacturing process.

Oricalcum linseed paint is manufactured in Sweden using various mixers and mills. Much of our work is performed manually. The mixing process has a striking similarity with a chef seasoning his pot. It’s all according to the senses. In the chef’s case, it’s with the tongue, in our case, it’s with the eye. The method is mentioned in literature dating back to the 16th Century.

Linseed paint

Natural ingredients 

Linseed oil is made purely from flax seeds and don't contain any harmful solvents. Flax seeds flourish in conditions around the Baltic sea and are cultivated in southern Sweden. Other than modern health foods, flax seeds have little use in modern culture, so cultivation is not a burden on our resources. 

Natural linseed paint pigment

Earth’s own pigments

Linseed oil is mixed with pigments to produce a rich and vivid colour palette of paints. To ensure the paint remains eco-friendly only natural, mainly earth-based pigments are used. For example, Oricalcum’s Chatsworth Blue actually contains genuine cobalt pigment. All Oricalcum’s paint colours contain white titanium-zinc, which has the added benefit of having excellent anti-mould growth properties.

Biodegradable paint

It’s not just the application of paint where environmental concerns come into play. Solvent paints give off nasty gases for up to two years after application.

What’s more, they flake and peel without biodegrading. Add to that the need to repaint every few years, which replenishes these nasty gases into the environment. 

Linseed paint is made with natural products using natural pigments and no solvents. One of the benefits of linseed paint is it's such a long-lasting product it needs little reapplication. Linseed oil also decomposes naturally without leaving any harmful waste.


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Why painters and decorators use natural linseed paint

Why painters and decorators use natural linseed paint

Commercial decorator and director of Nouveau Decor Ian Stokes specialises in heritage properties and period homes. Here Ian explains why linseed paint has since become his unique selling point and transformed his decorating business.

A realistic heritage-property finish

Ian said: “I have always been interested in using natural paints on period properties because natural paint was used back when the period homes were built; not modern synthetic pigments and plastic-added paints. The natural ingredients and colour pigments used to produce linseed paint create a more realistic finish in keeping with the heritage of the homes we decorate.

"The natural colours are also very strong and intense because the pigments are ground extremely finely allowing the pigment to be totally oil saturated,” says Ian.

Upon discovering Oricalcum linseed paint three years ago Ian decided to take a visit to the factory in Sweden. “Meeting the small dedicated production team at Ottosson gave me an insight into the care and commitment that goes into the production. It helped me appreciate their sourcing of the best quality natural ingredients and the sustainable practices employed.

linseed paint factory

Preserving a period property 

“I find modern conventional paints form a soft skin over the top of the surface you are painting. Linseed paint soaks in.” Oricalcum linseed paints are made from a high-quality oil in which the molecules are smaller than water so they penetrate deeper into wood than water.

Linseed paint's wicking capabilities draw moisture out from under the surface. “Being a breathable finish, linseed paint allows for moisture to exit the timber. The penetration of the paint alongside the removal of moisture prolongs the timber lifespan from the decaying process.”

linseed paint

Long-lasting paint

“My most recent project is an old stable barn conversation. Weather was hitting the back of the house and the owner was struggling to find paint that would last even a year without flaking and peeling.” Linseed paint works at its best when applied to bare timber. Therefore Ian stripped the old paint off using a Speedheater and applied linseed paint, confident it would easily cope with bad weather.

“It’s been two years and the paint is still as it was when we first painted it. We’re now going back to the property to paint the adjoining farmhouse in linseed paint because the owners are so pleased with the outcome. And future maintenance on the barn would only require a fresh coat or the oiling of existing coats.

"The public have become used to cheap, synthetic paints. I am trying to educate my customers on the benefits of natural linseed paint. ”

Delay the decay of period properties

Ian recommends using linseed paint to combat damp or decay as it allows moisture to be drawn out of the surface to evaporate. “Using modern synthetic paints creates a high-gloss sheen that may look attractive but it is actually filled with plastic. It’s like wrapping your house in a polythene bag. You lock the moisture in, which will result in problems with rot, damp and rust.” 

Wooden beams waxed with linseed oil wax

Healthier working environment

“As a decorator working with paint all day long, I have struggled with my chest. Using natural linseed paint has stopped that. The oil exudes a mild but inoffensive odour that is not disagreeable to work with. Alongside this, its ethical credentials are reason enough why I prefer to specialise in working with linseed paint.”

“My next project is three weeks long, working on Victorian properties in Harrogate. I will definitely be using linseed paint throughout.”

Find out more about linseed paint with our top ten reasons to use linseed paint or trial it today with a linseed sample pot.


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10 Reasons to Use Linseed Paint

10 Reasons to Use Linseed Paint

1. Long Lasting 

Linseed paint is steeped in history; traditionally used to colour and protect Swedish houses. Original coats of linseed paint still survive on these houses, which are well over 500 years old.

Linseed paint doesn’t flake or peel over time and needs little maintenance. After about 10 years it’s appearance will be slightly more matte. Many people prefer this look but you can wipe the paint with a little linseed oil which dries quickly and restores the linseed paint to its original sheen. Linseed paint also holds its original vibrant colour fantastically.  

Find out how linseed paint helped with colour confusion at Chatsworth Estate 

2. Easy to Apply

There’s no need for primers or undercoats when working with linseed paint. Therefore it’s both cost and time effective.

Unlike conventional paints, one coat of linseed paint on most surfaces is enough. By adding additional layers you can then build up an attractive satin or semi-gloss sheen. As with all paints, some wooden surfaces my lend themselves better to two coats as wood tends to soak up the initial layer. 

For best effects apply linseed paint to bare timber. A Speedheater is a phenomenal way to strip old paint.

Find out more about Speedheater

3. Stops Rot

Although linseed paint’s rich colours can transform your project, it's designed for much more than home deco. Linseed paint not only acts as a protective film over its surface, it cleverly transforms a two-way transfer of humidity to stop moisture from becoming trapped under the surface of the paint, therefore combatting rot and decay. Ultimately wood won’t rot, iron won’t rust and plaster won’t crumble. 

Beware, there is a host of paints produced using a mixture of various oils. These don’t offer the same protective properties or effects as pure Oricalcum linseed paint and should be avoided.

4. Versatile 

Wood, masonry, plaster, metal, uPVC; linseed paint will paint and protect any surface. While most brands market a range of paint products for different situations, a tin of linseed paint will paint your wooden fence, iron gate, window frame, wall, wardrobe and kitchen cupboards. 

There’s no need for matt emulsion, satinwood, eggshell or gloss versions as one linseed paint pot can transform matt into a gloss sheen simply by adding more coats. 

Check out our range of linseed paints here  

5. Cost Effective

Linseed paint is a thin, oil-based product. One tin of linseed paint will cover anything from 15-22m2 per litre. In comparison, that’s one litre of linseed paint to 2.5 litres of conventional paint. And because it doesn’t require multiple coats, linseed paint works out even cheaper.

Using your pot of linseed paint as an exterior paint and interior paint to colour and protect various surfaces means there’s less waste. Plus there’s no need for primers, undercoats, gloss or emulsion variants; it’s a one-pot-for-all paint. 

Linseed paint is so long lasting it doesn’t require reapplication every few years, making it a long-term investment.

Compare the price of Oricalcum Linseed paint to other paint brands

6. Eco-friendly

So, what is linseed paint? Basically it’s flax seeds pressed to make raw linseed oil which is then boiled. The only material added is natural powdered pigments to produce a varied colour palette. Linseed paint is made through natural, eco-friendly processes using raw, natural materials. What’s unique about linseed paint is there’s no solvents, binders or emulsifiers added, unlike conventional paints.

Linseed paint pigment

7. Odour free

Because linseed paint is such a natural product the absence of solvents, binders or emulsifiers makes it safer and more enjoyable to apply both at home or in the work place. If you’re applying linseed paint on furniture or interiors there’s no need to take your work outside or keep the windows open. Therefore you can get DIY done on the most miserable of days. 

8. Quick drying 

Linseed paint dries naturally when under the suns UV rays in 24 hours. What’s more, you can accelerate the process using a UV light. Linseed paint isn’t oily or sticky and dries to a hard finish. 

9. Vibrant colours

Forget sage and sea green. Linseed paints defy your average colour palette of exterior paints. You can transform your projects using a huge range of rich, deep colours which hold their vivid finish over time. 

What’s more, Oricalcum provides a colour match service. If you want your favourite Farrow and Ball shade transforming into a linseed paint just contact Oricalcum today.

If you’re unsure of the shade to choose that’s where Oricalcum sample pots come in.

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10. Tackle mould

Linseed paint contains an active ingredient called zinc white oxide which combats mould-growth. Therefore there’s no need for additional anti-mould paints or products which could effect the colour of your original paint.

If you'd like advice on using linseed paint on an upcoming project contact Oricalcum today to discuss your project needs.

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