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Differentiating Between Acrylic Gesso and Williamsburg Oil Ground

  Grounds are selected to provide the proper color, level of absorbency and tooth to meet an artist’s needs. Oil painters have the extra concern of protecting from oil penetration into the substrate, which can mean more coats, and often additional time spent in preparation. This article looks at a couple of our popular grounds […]

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Changes to Williamsburg Van Dyke Brown, French Cassel Earth and French Noir Indien

  Due to pigment availability issues, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors will unfortunately be discontinuing French Noir Indien and French Cassel Earth. We will also be changing our Van Dyke Brown from a Bituminous Earth and Raw Umber blend to a new mixture of Ivory Black and synthetic iron oxide. The pigment used to make French […]

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Cleaning Brushes Without Solvents

For oil painters who want to reduce the amount of solvent in their studio, we would like to share a solvent-free brush cleaning option that can be used during and after painting. All you need for this process are paper towels and a container with 2-3 inches of drying oil such as linseed, safflower, walnut […]

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A range of test samples exposed to the typical mix of flourescent and indirect window light for the last 30 months.

On the Yellowing of Oils

You would think that we would know more by now; that the questions would be answered, the arguments settled. But we don’t, and they aren’t. Even basic and fundamental issues continue to remain unaddressed by research. Will cold-pressed or alkali-refined linseed oil yellow more? Do historical and traditional processing methods lessen that? How do all […]

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The Process of Alkali Refining Linseed Oil

  Linseed oil comes from flax seeds which are harvested from the same flax plant that produces the fibers used to make linen. Artists have been using linseed oil for centuries to make paints, mediums and varnishes. It is widely used today, not only in artist materials, but also for a wide range of industrial applications […]

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Zinc Oxide: FAQ

FAQs Concerning Zinc Oxide (PW 4) in Oil Paints PDF version: Zinc Oxide FAQ INDEX Zinc Oxide’s Use in the Past When did artists start using Zinc White? Why was Zinc used? What did it offer? Are older paintings containing Zinc Oxide falling apart? Why do some older paintings still look good? How Does Zinc Oxide […]

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Masstone and undertone applications of
transparent colors. The paint on the left was applied in full thickness with a palette knife and then scraped to the canvas at the top of the strip. The right side was applied thinly with a brush and then wiped away to show the undertone of the transparent color. Nickel Azo Yellow (left) is a complicated, wide ranging color with a greenish brown masstone with a hint of glowing red beneath the brushstroke. The undertone transitions from an earth orange to a chromatic, almost astringent, brilliant yellow. Transparent Red Iron Oxide (center) is a deep transparent red brown with a fiery red glow. The undertone ranges from glowing earth red
to blazing orange. Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, (right) by contrast, is much warmer, yellowish brown. It is a transparent chestnut brown with a slight reddish bias in the masstone and a clean earth yellow undertone.

Williamsburg Welcomes 7 New Colors

Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors is excited to introduce seven new colors to its line-up: three warm, highly saturated hues, three transparent earth colors and a light color tint. Bismuth Vanadate Yellow, Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red, Nickel Azo Yellow, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Titan Buff all have ASTM lightfastness ratings of […]

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