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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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Wall of Test Samples That Will Be Shipped in October to Arizona for Accelerated Exterior Lightfastness Testing following ASTM D4303

Lightfastness Testing at Golden Artist Colors

While we often report on results from lightfastness testing, we have rarely paused to actually describe the process we follow. And let’s face it, for most people stating that our tests conform to ASTM D4303, Standard Test Methods for Lightfastness of Colorants Used in Artists’ Materials, does very little to fill in the blanks. In an attempt to solve […]

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Titanium White Dark Yellowed for 1.5 Years then Exposed to Sunlight for 8 Hrs

What is Dark Yellowing?

Dark yellowing is the reversible, temporary yellowing that dried oil paint undergoes when stored in the dark or subdued lighting. While noted in many historical writings, most painters remain unaware of it and become surprised or concerned when they discover it happening to their own works. Which makes sense. With no other context to go […]

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Munsell Color System showing Hue, Value and Chroma

Munsell-Bezeichnungen für GOLDEN und Williamsburg Paints

Es ist Sommer und Munsell liegt in der Luft. Zumindest scheint es so, angesichts der steigenden Anzahl von Anfragen zu verschiedenen Munsell-Bezeichnungen, die uns in letzter Zeit erreicht haben. Und falls Ihnen Munsell, ein seit seinem Debut 1905 häufig verwendeter Standard für die Klassifikation von Farben, noch nicht bekannt sein sollte, keine Sorge – online […]

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Mit Ölfarben auf Papier malen

Ölmaler, die wirklich gerne malen würden, aber nicht zu viel Zeit oder Geld für die Vorbereitung des Untergrunds ausgeben möchten, könnten versuchen, auf Papier zu malen. Papier gibt es zu einem vernünftigen Preis, es ist leicht vorzubereiten und weniger formell als eine Holztafel oder gespannte Leinwand. Wenn es richtig vorbereitet wird und im Hinblick auf […]

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(Left) Iridescent Pale Gold (Right) Iridescent Pale Gold thinned with Odorless Mineral Spirits

Not All That Glitters Is Gold – Williamsburg Iridescent and Interference Oil Colors

Gold leaf has been used to beautify and evoke meaning in painting throughout history, functioning as a luminous counterpoint to flesh, fabric and nature. Artists today still use gold leaf, but have also added other metal foils, glitters, iridescent and interference paints to their palettes to activate and enliven their work. For oil painters looking […]

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Comparison of Williamsburg's Cobalt Blue Deep. Cobalt Blue, and a trial batch of YInMn Blue

YInMn Blue

Imagine inventing a color. Not a new shade or tint or blend made from others on the palette, but an entirely new pigment with a novel chemistry. For most artists that thought alone can instill a strong sense of wonder, of something magical and mysterious being coaxed into being from an alchemical mix of ingredients. […]

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Apple and orange on a white background

Are acrylics as durable as oils?

  If oil paint was just now being invented, and had to sell itself to the marketplace as a new medium, it would probably have an incredibly difficult time – especially if we knew beforehand that its list of problems would include yellowing, cracking, wrinkling, flaking, embrittlement, hydrolysis, fatty acid crystallization, protuberances and delamination caused by […]

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Example of sunken-in areas in an oil painting

Ausölen und die Ursache für matte Stellen in Ölgemälden

Es ist schon seit Langem ein Problem. Das besagen zumindest die historischen Aufzeichnungen. Flecken. Einschlagen. Matte Stellen. Ölmalern sind all diese Begriffe wohl bekannt, die Bilder von Hautkrankheiten ebenso heraufbeschwören wie die bemalter Oberflächen. Doch welche Bezeichnungen man auch wählt, was sie bedeuten, ist klar – ein unerwünschtes Ärgernis, einen widerlichen Eindringling im kreativen Prozess. Was Gegenmaßnahmen […]

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