Poppyseed oil is a very pale oil, more transparent and less likely to yellow than linseed oil, so it is often used for whites, pale colours, and blues.
- It gives oil paint a consistency similar to soft butter.
- Poppyseed oil takes longer to dry than linseed oil, from five to seven days, making it ideal for working wet on wet.
- Because it dries slowly and less thoroughly, avoid using poppyseed oil in lower layers of a painting when working wet on dry and when applying paint thickly, as the paint will be liable to crack when it finally dries completely.
- Poppy seeds naturally contain about 50 per cent oil.
- Flammable; Ground only