Is there anything new in artists’ oil paint?


Can there really be anything new in artists oil paint? With so many different brands to choose from, how does one distinguish between them? It is fairly simple, as we’ll explain here...

Since the introduction of the collapsible tube over 170 years ago, manufactured artists’ oil paint has changed the way artists work. Artists no longer must laboriously grind pigment in oil to make paint. With this change also came greater uniformity in oil paint. Let’s face it; the composition of oil color is fairly simple. Generally, only two ingredients are needed to make oil paint—pigment and oil. Soon after the introduction of commercial oil paints in the nineteenth century, a third ingredient was introduced; a stabilizer. This is an additive to prevent the oil separating from the pigment while stored in tubes. And as more and more pigments manufactured by large industrial companies found their way into artists’ oil colors, so too the last differences between artists oils disappeared.


But not entirely.

Rublev Colours Artist Oils are unlike any other brand of oil paints today. Why are Rublev Colours different from other manufactured oil paints? One reason is that we use genuine natural and historical pigments like those used by the old masters. Most of these pigments are not found in other brands.

Another reason is that we make Rublev Colours Artist Oils as they did before modern tube colors—without additives. Rublev Colours Artist Oils contain only pigment and oil. They are formulated to maintain the unique characteristics of each pigment in oil. The character found in each tube of our oil colors is unique due to the pigment inside, giving the artist new choices of texture, opacity, consistency, tone and hue. With Rublev Colours you experience the transparency of yellow ocher, the pale coolness of green earths, and the crystalline glitter of blue azurite.


Rublev Colours Oil Painting Mediums Amendments are additives that alter the working properties of paint. Additives consist of solvents, oils, waxes, resins, extender pigments and other substances in order to change the consistency of paint. Often these are called “mediums,” but mediums typically are composed of a binder and sometimes a solvent. Here you will find oil panting additives (or as we prefer to call them “amendments”) made by Natural Pigments. These amendments are designed to alter the consistency of oil paint in novel ways, different from the varnishes that were introduced into common use during the 19th century.

Painting amendments change the handling properties of paint, such as flow out and leveling; increase or decrease tackiness and drag; hasten or retard drying time, increase or decrease gloss, increase transparency, or other characteristics.

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