Health and Safety

HEALTH AND SAFETY: All Michael Harding oil paints have been tested and conform to the ASTM-D 4236 standards. The following industry-standard “best practices” should be observed when using any and all fine art oil paint products and media. SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS: Handling Paints and Mediums • Don’t smoke and paint. Paint on hands and fingers can […]

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Questions Regarding Toxic Oil Paints

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Question: Is bright yellow lake toxic, what pigments make the color? A: Bright yellow lake is not toxic. PY3 makes the colour Question: Why do your tubes come with fume warnings? A: The fumes are in relation to extreme situations such as a fire; if the oil painting was to catch fire in an enclosed […]

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Questions Regarding Resin-Oil Wax Medium – PM3

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Question: What is the drying time of the MH Resin Oil Wax Medium A: This depends on many factors, warmth and which colours are being used but in most cases several days. Question: Is this flexible enough for use on a stretched support? Or is it best to use it on panel? A: It is […]

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Questions Regarding Oleo Resin Medium – PM5

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Question: What is the toxicity of Canada balsam compared to turpentine and mineral spirits? I’m trying to do glaze layers which I find straight oil to be too wrinkly for. A: Canada balsam medium also contains turpentine, I suggest you paint in a well-ventilated area. Wrinkling occurs when there is to much oil and or […]

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An important message

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As you are all aware, in addition to the ongoing pandemic, our culture is also undergoing another transformative period as it relates to our willingness to confront the hate that exists in our society.  The MH company does not typically make public statements on political or social issues. After reflection and numerous discussions, I concluded […]

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Oil Paint Mixing Demonstration – One hour live and interactive with Vicki Norman Studio

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In this live and interactive demonstration, Vicki takes your requests and shows exactly how Michael Harding Oil Paints can create a huge variety of luscious colours for every artist’s palette. Join our next LIVE colour mixing session on the 19th of June 2020 at instagram.com/mhoilpaints Colours used in this demonstration: 1- Pale Violet – https://www.michaelharding.co.uk/colo… […]

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A Walk on the Wild Side – Mark Shasha

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I love getting the chance to use my Michael Harding tubes of vibrant Vermillion, Cadmium Orange and Naples Yellow in these places. The opportunity to use such intense colour is rare in my town of Swampscott, Massachusetts. Mark Shasha “Painting is a calling for me. It is a longing for those moments when the poetry happens when […]

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HOWARD HODGKIN’S REVIEW OF MICHAEL HARDING OIL PAINT

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This handwritten note by Howard Hodgkin reads: “Michael Harding’s paints are splendid and I wish he had started making them a long time ago. The colours are superb, also the weight and texture seem to be exactly what I want – it’s difficult to imagine anything else.” Howard Hodgkin, 12 June 1996

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Request Replacement Caps

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Unfortunately, a while ago we received a batch of faulty caps, as we were not aware of their unreliability they were used as standard on our tubes. Although we have done as much as possible to replace these faulty caps, some of you may find that your cap lids have split. If this happens please […]

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Flying with your MH Paints

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When flying with your Michael Harding oil paints, we always recommend you place a notice in your luggage for the airport security personnel to read, it will inform them that you are carrying oil paints and that they are safe to transport. The button below will take you to a printable PDF that you can […]

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