Oil Media on Paper: Investigating the Effect of Linseed Oils on Pure Cellulosic Paper Supports. A Research Matter of Damage Assessment

Penelope Banou*, Konstantinos Choulis , Thanasis Karabotsos, Dimitris Tsimogiannis, Lamprini-Areti Tsakanika, Constantina Tzia, Athena Alexopoulou

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Abstract

Oil media on paper, such as oil paintings, sketches, prints, and books, occasionally present problems associated with the effect of oil medium on the paper support, raising a composite matter of condition assessment as it depends on several factors. The present work examines the effect of linseed oil on paper and, in particular, the changes caused by three types of linseed oil on the optical, morphological, mechanical, and chemical properties of pure cellulosic paper, employing mock-ups submitted to artificial ageing in controlled conditions of relative humidity and temperature in airtight vessels. The study involved colorimetry, opacity, tensile strength, pH measurements, SEM, FTIR, and VOC analysis with GC-MS. Processing of the results has so far indicated that thermal-humid ageing caused the gradual darkening of the oil-impregnated mock-ups, as well as alterations in opacity, intense fall of pH values, and severe reductions in tensile strength, while linseed oil processing during manufacture has a significant impact. FTIR spectra have indicated that chemical changes upon ageing are in accordance with those of optical and mechanical changes, while VOC emissions are mostly associated with the drying and degradation of the different types of linseed oil.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-134
Number of pages15
JournalAnalytica
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes
EventIMA-2021: 12th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis: Modern Trends and Applications - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 20 Sep 202123 Sep 2021
http://aclab.web.auth.gr/ima2021/#xl_xr_page_index

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