Oil Painting During Pregnancy

Safe Oil Painting During Pregnancy

No blue cheese, no shellfish, no alcohol.  The last thing a pregnant artist wants to hear is no oil painting during pregnancy!!!


Don’t pack your easel away just yet.  Artist’s paint makers and suppliers are now much more knowledgeable about harmful materials.  Harmful ingredients have successfully been removed or replaced with safer ones over the years.  With precaution and care you can safely and happily continue oil painting during pregnancy.

Although most Winsor & Newton oil painting products carry hazard warnings there are no health warnings specifically for pregnant women.  However if you wish to continue oil painting during pregnancy it is advisable to reduce the amount of solvent used or to consider switching to a non- toxic brush cleaner or medium.  Products containing lead such as the colour Flake White do carry a warning stating that they should not be used if trying for a baby or if indeed pregnant.

Are There Any Solvent Free Products For Oil Painting?

Allow me to introduce your new best friends; Winsor and Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paint, Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint and Zest It.  All ideal to use when oil painting during pregnancy.


Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paint Set

Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paint is a genuine oil colour made from modified linseed oil and modified safflower oil.  Artisan is an ideal substitute to traditional paints for oil painting during pregnancy, for those who are allergic to solvents or for oil painters who simply don’t like the smell.  The Artisan range is available in 37ml and 200ml tubes and various sets.

Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint

Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints have also been designed to be used with soap and water.  The Cobra range comes in 40ml tubes and various sets.

The Zest It range is made with food grade citrus oil mixed with a non-toxic solvent.  Zest it is a non toxic, biodegradable alternative to turpentine or white spirit.  It has a lovely smell and is the safer choice for studio use.  Zest it dilutant & cleaner and Zest it painting Medium are available. 

Masters brush cleaners and soaps are also non- toxic and great for giving brushes a weekly deep clean.

Oil Painting During Pregnancy - Use Zest It

Safely Continue Oil Painting During Pregnancy With These Simple Steps:

Get Comfortable.  Make sure you are standing or sitting in a comfortable position before starting and try not to stay in one position too long.  If standing at an easel have one foot lifted up on a step or box.

Hoover it up or damp dust.  If using dry pigments or pastels don’t sweep up the pastel dust.  This will kick it back into the air and into your lungs!

Consider wearing disposable rubber gloves.  Avoid excessive skin contact with painting materials when oil painting during pregnancy especially solvents.

Keep your cuppa and cleaner apart!  It’s not unheard of for an artist to blearily eyed dip their brush in their morning cuppa!  It is not advised to eat or drink while painting but if you do, try not to place your drink right next to your solvent and wash your hands thoroughly before eating.

DON’T EAT THE STUFF!!!  Never put your brush in your mouth!  Would you pop your household painting brush in your mouth?

Open the windows.  Ventilate your studio especially when using Solvents and sprays including Spray Mount and Pastel Fixatives.  Use Spray Paints out in the open and consider wearing a mask.  You could put a fan in your studio to circulate the air.

Always wash your hands after you have finished for the day.


Other than the beach ball, which was once your surf board tummy, getting in the way you are good to go! …and if you do decide to pack the oils away for now, why not try a new medium?

Acrylic Paints and Watercolour Paints are recommended over oils during pregnancy.  You could also spend the time researching and Drawing for your next project.

If you are pregnant it is always best to take the advice your doctor gives you.

Get great deals on oil paint, canvas and other quality Art Supplies at Pullingers Art Shop.

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