Canada Balsam - The Art TreehouseCanada Balsam - 100% pure
   True Balsam, "unequaled in clarity"!
Canada Balsam is used in oil painting, and even as a cement for optical lenses.  It enhances colors and permanence, and since it does not crystallize with age its optical properties do not deteriorate.
Our Canada Balsam is pure, direct from the fir tree.  Read more HERE!

Artist Oil Colours SamplesSAMPLES OF COLOURS Each of these samples contains 7 ml. - about 1/4 oz. of Artist Oil Colour.  These small jars are perfect for artists who wish to try our walnut based paints to see if they are sensitive to them, but they are also great for having fun sampling colours!

Each jar sells for just 99¢

Biobased Artist Thinner - The Art Treehouse  Biobased  Artist Thinner
Works great with paint and brushes!

Can be used for the initial canvas sketch, and for cleaning. Contains no naptha, turpentine, OMS or mineral spirits. Fully compatible with linseed, walnut & safflower oils. Biobased & Design for The Environment Recognized.

Walnut Painting GelWalnut Painting Gel - New!
Water Washed!
Unique among the various mediums available to the oil painter.  Made from water-washed walnut oil and a form of liquified silica that is extremely clear. Crafted to make a very unusual medium! 

The Art Treehouse Shader Brush
The New Art Treehouse Shader Brush!
This synthetic sable brush is unusual, with fuller thickness throughout its length.

Oil of Spike Lavender - The Art Treehouse

Traditionally, artist materials have always been based on natural oils, rosins, waxes, gums, polysaccharides, and other materials.  The world of art is now being enriched and renewed – by reclaiming, advancing and improving the materials that have been central to art throughout history. Scientific research is rapidly developing biobased solutions to creative problems. Artists will benefit from the less-toxic materials and greater performance characteristics. Oil of Spike Lavender, Water-Washed Walnut and Flax Oil, Rosemary Oil, Canada Balsam, Beeswax, Damar and Copal, and Oil of Clove are all biobased artist materials. More


The artist Cori Dyson writes: "I have used this set up on several occasions now and I love it. I can paint pretty much anywhere. I can go out on location with a foldable stool, a thumb box, and I am ready to paint. As the seasons change, I will be replacing my thermacell and bug spray for gloves and a jacket, but the principle remains the same—make the experience of plein air painting as simple and easy as possible, because mother nature may not make it easy for you."  


Oil painting is a unique art form due in large part to the individual qualities of the pigments, as well as the great diversity of mediums. Each pigment brings challenges as well as rewards. The array of paints on an artist’s palette are not just a color spectrum, but a texture spectrum as well. There are also other spectrums of contrast in a painting, and the use of them can help an artist create great paintings. Here are some examples….


Kathryn Noska, who is featured on the April Art Treehouse front page, has been given an Award of Excellence at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA - for her painting entitled "Mind Sweep".  Kathryn has plans to share with others what she has learned about oil painting without any solvents or mediums, and will be teaching solvent-free still life workshops/classes using paints from The Art Treehouse.  One class scheduled for next May in Radnor, PA, at a community adult learning center.  You can see the painting Mind Sweep here, as well as several of her other recent works.


Bill Martin has received numerous awards, among which are included a First Place In Oils and Best Of Show at the Arizona State Fair, First Place In Oils, and Best Of Show at the Glendale Art Competition, and Best Of Show and First Place In Oils at the Peoria Celebration Of Artists, with numerous Second Place and Honorable Mention awards, as well. In this article, Bill describes in detail his method for painting a portrait with no preliminary drawing, or sketching whatsoever. Bill says, 'I enjoy painting in a realistic style, yet with enough creativity to enhance each subject with a bit more impact than would be offered by pure realism. Although I wish to have my paintings attract a viewer from a distance, I also like my work to “read” well upon closer inspection, and to thus captivate the viewer from both viewpoints. I am presently teaching a class in oil painting'...

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