Category: Ask the Colourman

Oiling out and Sinking In: An Interview with Michael Harding

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by Abigail LashbrookTopics: Artist Interview Photo courtesy Razlyn Lysaught Sponsored by Chelsea Classical Studio Oiling out is just a part of the process for a lot of artists, but if it’s overdone it can damage the quality of your painting, and frequently the need to oil out is completely avoidable. There are a few common causes for dulling […]

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Working with Paint: An Interview with Michael Harding

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by Abigail LashbrookTopics: Art Inspiration Rembrandt, Self Portrait at the Age of 34, oil on canvas. 1640. My main motive for producing paint came out of looking at Rembrandt. As a young artist just out of art school, I wanted to paint like him and I couldn’t reproduce, with my materials, what I saw in his paintings. […]

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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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Question Regarding Vermillion

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Question: Could you give me some information on the binder and its percentage to pigment. Amazed and very pleased to see that you are manufacturing genuine Vermilion. Before I buy, could you give me some information on the binder, and its percentage to pigment, and also any other additions? — Many thanks, L.H Michael: From your questions, […]

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Question Regarding Rabbit Skin Glue

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Question: How do you use Rabbit Skin Glue to prime a canvas? — Andy
Michael: Rabbit Skin Glue is the traditional painting surface that that has been in use for centuries. Simply add water to the granules at a ratio of approximately 13 parts water to one part granules, and allow to stand…

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Ten Artist Tips!

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 Artist And Illustrator magazine featured a piece from Michael about the use and care of his paints;  you can read it here: How should I store my oil paints? Because pigments are heavy they can often sink within the oil and therefore separate. To avoid this store your oil paints cap down thus permitting the […]

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