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Note on making oil colours. Every pigment requires a different volume of oil to bring it to the desired consistency. This varies enormously so that a pigment like Alizarin, for instance, requires almost twice as much oil by volume as White Lead. In practice, therefore, it is advisable to avoid fast-drying colours in high oil content such as Umbers, Siennas and Cobalt Blues in underpainting unless they are applied thinly or in tints reduced with white. Toxicity Ratings: The Classifications used are based on those intended for guidance of artists’ colour manufacturers where large quantities might be involved. The risk for an artist using small amounts of colour is therefore comparatively small. Dust masks, however, should be worn. Code: A - Non-hazardous. B - Relatively harmless. C - Very low toxic hazard – some precaution necessary. D - Defined physiological hazard – appropriate precautions necessary.

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  1. Graphite Powder

    Graphite Powder

    Starting at: £5.50

    Graphite pigment (PBL10). A allotropic form of pure carbon, 200 mesh. Transparent and lightfast. Can be rubbed directly onto paper and then fixed. Learn More
  2. Ivory Black Pigment

    Ivory Black Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Ivory Black Pigment (PBL9). Organic pigment made from charred animal bones. Semi-transparent, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Suitable for all media except fresco, mortar and cement. Very slow drying in oil. Dates from Roman times. Learn More
  3. Lamp Black Pigment

    Lamp Black Pigment

    Starting at: £6.70

    Lamp Black Pigment (PBL6). Made from partially combusted oil. Opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media, high oil absorption and very slow drying. Requires wetting agent. Dates back to antiquity. Learn More
  4. Mars Black Pigment

    Mars Black Pigment

    Starting at: £5.70

    Mars Black Pigment (PBL11). Artificial mineral pigment, oxide of iron. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media. Dates from early 20th century. Learn More
  5. Spinel Black Pigment

    Spinel Black Pigment

    Starting at: £6.30

    Spinel Black Pigment (PBL26). Artificial mineral pigment. Opaque, very lightfast. Fast drying in oil. Dates from 20th century. Learn More
  6. Vine Black Pigment

    Vine Black Pigment

    Starting at: £4.70

    Vine Black Pigment (PBL8). Organic pigment, made from charred vines. Semi-transparent, medium tinting strength and very lightfast. Unstable in fresco, mortar and cement. Very slow drying in oil. Requires wetting agent. Dates from antiquity. Learn More
  7. Carbon Black Pigment

    Carbon Black Pigment

    Starting at: £10.80

    Carbon Black Pigment (PBL7). Made from burning natural gas. Opaque, intense black, very lightfast. Stable in all media but tends to show in streaks. Requires wetting agent. Dates from mid-late 19th century. Learn More

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