When you buy a tube of paint, what’s in that tube primarily
is pigment and binder. Pigment is the color matter. It’s the stuff that
provides paint with color. Now, these can be finely
ground up minerals. They can be natural products as well. The binder is essentially the glue, the adhesive of the paint, the stuff that sticks all those
little flecks of color together. The binder of oil paint is linseed oil, literally the oil from flax seeds. So essentially we have the pigment, the color matter going into the binder which holds it all together and then this is mostly what paint is. Using a glass muller, I’m
ensuring that the pigment evenly is dispersed into that oil,
as I’m really making sure this paint has a uniform consistency. If you buy a tube of paint today, this stuff is done by
huge industrial processes rather than the old-fashioned handmade way that I’m demonstrating here. Now the more oil that
is added to the paint, the more translucent that paint becomes. Because this oil is barely colored, it has a slight yellow cast to it, the more of that we add, the further we push apart those
little flecks of color, those little bits of pigment. If they’re spread apart
into what’s called the glaze with a lot of linseed oil, then we can see through that paint. I’m making it translucent.


  • The Museum of Modern Art says:

    Hey everyone, tune in this Wednesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a LIVE Q&A with IN THE STUDIO instructor Corey D'Augustine. Corey will answer questions from previous videos, as well as from the live comments section. Watch live:

  • Limerencia Artículos says:

    What is the type of oil you always mention? "Lindsey" oil? I would like to work with it but IDK the name in Spanish and for that I have to have it right in English. I hope you can answer. Greerings from Chile!!! 🙂 🙂

  • BloodAniron says:

    Now I want to work in a paint making factory

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