Poppy Seed

Physical copy available

We have a physical copy of this material in our library at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed Oil for pigments and tools

Food safe oil extracted from the seeds of the white poppy flower (Papaver somniferum) can be used extensively within art & design practice. Because of its good grip, it is suitable for knife and tool handles and, along with pigments, for making valuable paint oils and artists’ colours. The high transparency of poppy seed oil makes it the perfect base for extra fine varnishes and clear protective wood finishes. It provides excellent protection against moisture and dirt, does not yellow, and penetrates deeply into the wood. Poppy seed oil dries much slower than linseed oil. Multiple coats of poppy seed oil yield a warm, silky gloss and a surface which is pleasant to the touch. Poppy seed oil can be mixed with other vegetable oils and solvents.