Choosing Oil Painting Pigments

Color Pigments

Another important part of doing oil paintings is using the right pigments. With a vast range of pigments now available today, it can be quite a challenge trying to get those that are required for a certain project. Instead of trying to get all of them as part of your own art supplies, it would be more reasonable to learn how to choose the right pigments and getting only those that would meet the most requirements.

Pigment Properties

The best way to choose oil painting pigments is to know more about their properties. When choosing certain oil pigments, artists should choose those that can provide the right mix required. One of them is the pigment’s own mixing properties.

Drying time should also be considered along with the paint strength, permanence and covering power or transparency of the different pigments. Different pigments may also have adverse effects when being mixed with certain pigments. Some mixtures may tend to discolor instead of getting the right type of pigment color preferred.

General Tips

When you are trying to choose from a variety of white pigments to add into your supplies, you may want to choose Titanium white; this pigment is usually the most preferred among white color pigments due to its many great properties.

Titanium white is considered the most opaque of white pigments and also dries fast. It does not discolor as much as flake white pigments which dries faster but discolors when it is not protected by oil. Zinc white on the other hand, may give the purest of color mixes but usually will crack when applied too thick on canvas.

If you with to apply large areas of color to your canvas prior to some detailed work, ivory black, Indian red, flake white, yellow ochre, emerald green and Sevres blue would do quite well. They can also be chosen because they are quite affordable when bought. When choosing pigments for glazes, ones chosen should be color fast and transparent. Rembrandt blue, ultramarine deep, raw sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, and Rembrandt green are the usual favorites.

Choosing oil paint sets instead of individual pigments can allow you to get on doing your painting immediately. It can also be a more affordable choice than buying pigments separately. The only disadvantage is that, most oil paint sets would not provide some of the pigments that you would prefer using.

Items included in such oil paint sets are also smaller than standard size in terms of amounts than when you try to buy them separately. So when you decide to choose an oil paint set, try to look for those that contains the most pigments that you would likely use and do not cost that much. Just add up other pigments by buying them separately.

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