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More Milk Paint Information

July 28, 2008


In my web research about milk paints, I received the following reply from Anne Thibeau, President of The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc., in which she has provided some great information about both casein paints and milk paints. She has convinced me (I didn’t really take much convincing) to try milk paint.

Hi Martha, Thank you for your interest in milk paint. Certainly, more and more fine artists are using our paint in their work. We feature the work of one in our website gallery, Dominic White- http://www.milkpaint.com/gallery-white.html

We also donated a lot of paint to be used in a mural created as part of an Earth Day celebration in Central Park this year- http://www.peacexpiecelive.org/

I think you’ll get a lot out of our website if you poke around a bit.

I used to use the milk paint in my abstract paintings in college, not long after my father developed his formula in the mid-seventies. I’m not currently painting, but after college I worked for a company that made all sorts of decorative mirrors and while I was primarily working in their stained glass/leaded mirror department I remember spending a little time in the gold leafing department where they used to use some nasty casein paint in tubes on the frames before leafing. I say nasty as I recall the solvent was formaldehyde and it had an unpleasant smell…. not the case at all with true milk paint- very little odor, fast drying, you may layer colors and use as a wash or as a thicker medium depending on how much water you add to the mix- it’s really quite versatile. It is true that the regular milk paint formula will waterspot white spots if it gets wet and has not been sealed, however our new SafePaint formulation for walls has far better water resistance and is actually washable once cured, without having to apply a topcoat. Both formulas are very durable otherwise- they harden with time like concrete and are very difficult to remove.

There are a few people who sell small one ounce samples of our original formula listed here- http://www.milkpaint.com/purchase_sample.html

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Best Regards,
Anne Thibeau, President
The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc.
(978) 448-6336 ext. 10

I am very glad to get this information and can’t wait to start experimenting with these paints.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. redchair permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:04 pm

    Okay- got the scoop on what Caseins are now. What do use as a emulsifying agent? And by price, how would you say this compares to the array of acrylics that are available today?

    Vikki

  2. Martha Marshall permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:19 pm

    Vikki, they thin with water. They are very similar to gouache, except a little bit more translucent. There is a casein emulsion that you can use to extend drying time and improve workability. Most of the major art supply sources carry casein paints.

    As Anne mentioned in her message to me, the casein tube paints that I remember had a formaldehyde smell to them. Don’t know if that’s been improved. It’s been a long time since I used them.

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