Painting: Materials & Supports : Oil Paint Chemistry

Painting: Materials & Supports : Oil Paint Chemistry


Now the recipe for oil paint is pretty simple.
In essence it’s a pigment which is usually some form of mineral, ground up very finely
and mixed with oil, very very throughly so that every particle of pigment is coated around
with this oil which suspends it. And you spread it on with a brush, and when you spread it
on, it’s a nice thin layer which drys. And then it applies color to the you know, when
light reflects on it, your color of the pigment that’s ground in to it. This is titanium white.
It’s a pigment of titanium dioxide, and it’s just mixed with oil there. It’s sort of the
foundation of your painting in the sense that most paintings are at least half made of white.
And all the other colors are the other half, if not more white. That’s kind of a surprise
to many people. This is a nickel yellow. There’s many kinds of yellows. There’s cadmium. Naples
yellow is another hue of yellow. They all respond a little differently with themselves
and each other, cadmium red, this crinol magenta, ultra marine blue, and seff green they have
here which is a mixture of a few different pigments that they customized. So that’s the
basic function of oil paints, pigment and oil.

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