Have you needed a certain color stain for wood and did not know how to come up with an oil and paint formula? Stains (colored) will allow the grain of the wood to show through, and are an attractive alternative to opaque paints.
In staining wood chairs, picture frames and even wooden siding on a small outdoor utility house, I have mixed together turpentine, oil paints and linseed oil in various proportions. Now I find a real formula for creating a stain! Here is the formula given from the site Antiquerestorers ...
This is an unfinished wood frame purchased at a craft store for an 8" x 10" oil that I am working on. I got the canvas first, then found the open backed wood frame with the same dimensions. Now all I need to do is paint the picture, and stain the unfinished wooden frame.
Later: below is a picture of poppies (oil medium) in progress, along with that same wooden open backed frame shown above, but now stained with red and yellow oil paints, turpentine and linseed oil.
The frame colors will exactly complement the colors in the poppies, and will alleviate the need for a costly framing job.
The reason that the colors are an exact match is because they came out of the same tubes as the paints used in creating the poppies. Otherwise, you could never find a "finished" frame in the colors as the ones used in an original artwork.
This idea and stain formula works for wooden chairs, too!
Wooden Rocker painted, stained and donated (for Hospice Chair-ity Fundraiser)