New Safflower Oil Colors from Williamsburg Retain Brilliance and Clarity Longer
January 03, 2014
Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors introduces a new series of Whites and Transparent Colors milled in Safflower Oil, offering artists more options in their artwork.
From the days of Carl Plansky making paint in Brooklyn, Williamsburg ground all its colors in Linseed Oil, knowing this oil produced the strongest, most flexible and fastest drying paint. At the same time, it was always understood that this came with a trade-off as linseed has a tendency to yellow more than other alternatives over time.
Recognizing the need for more options, Williamsburg introduces a series of Whites and Transparent Colors milled in Safflower Oil. These colors will retain their brilliance and clarity for a much longer period of time than their Linseed Oil versions. They are ideal for passages of white and glazing in the top layers of a painting. Colors ground in Safflower Oil will take longer to dry and produce weaker films and therefore, are not recommended for underpainting or foundation layers of a painting.
The thirteen colors being introduced include SF Italian Terra Verte, SF French Ardoise Grey, SF Titanium White, SF Porcelain White, SF Flake White, SF Silver White, SF Titanium-Zinc White, SF Cobalt Violet Light, SF Ultramarine Violet, SF Ultramarine Pink, SF Cerulean Blue French, SF Ultramarine Blue, and SF Ultramarine Blue French. Safflower Porcelain White is a unique color not found in the existing line and made with Lithopone, offers a less brittle semi-transparent alternative for Zinc White.
The new Safflower colors will be available in all sizes and will be supported with a new three-color sample set containing Safflower Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue and Ultramarine Pink. So be sure to look for these new colors at your local art supply store beginning early February 2014.
For more information about Williamsburg Safflower colors, visit williamsburgoils.com.