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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. Caput Mortuum Pigment

    Caput Mortuum Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Caput Mortuum Pigment (PBR101). Synthetic iron oxide. Transparent and very lightfast. Stable in all media. Learn More
  2. Indian Red Pigment

    Indian Red Pigment

    Starting at: £4.60

    Indian Red Pigment (PR101). Synthetic iron oxide. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media. Toxicity B. Learn More
  3. Mars Red Pigment

    Mars Red Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Mars Red Pigment (PR101). Artificial mineral pigment, hydrated ferric oxides. Semi-transparent, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media, medium drying rate in oil. Dates from mid-19th century. Toxicity B. Learn More
  4. Mars Violet Pigment

    Mars Violet Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Mars Violet Pigment (PR101). Artificial mineral pigment, hydrated ferric oxides. Semi-transparent, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media, medium drying rate in oil. Dates from mid-19th century. Toxicity B. Learn More
  5. Mars Yellow Pigment

    Mars Yellow Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Mars Yellow Pigment (PY42). Artificial mineral pigment, hydrated ferric oxides. Semi-transparent, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media, medium drying rate in oil. Dates from mid-19th century. Learn More
  6. Golden Ochre Pigment

    Golden Ochre Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Golden Ochre Pigment (PY43). Natural earth pigment. Semi-transparent and very lightfast. Stable in all media, medium to slow drying rate in oil. Dates back to antiquity. Toxicity B. Learn More
  7. Red Ochre Pigment

    Red Ochre Pigment

    Starting at: £4.30

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    Red Ochre Pigment (PR101). Iron oxide. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media. Learn More
  8. Yellow Ochre Pigment

    Yellow Ochre Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Yellow Ochre Pigment (PY43). Natural earth pigment. Semi-transparent and very lightfast. Stable in all media, medium to slow drying rate in oil. Dates back to antiquity. Toxicity B. Learn More
  9. Burnt Sienna Pigment

    Burnt Sienna Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Burnt Sienna Pigment (PBR43). Natural earth pigment, calcined raw sienna. Good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media but can be difficult to disperse in acrylic binders. Fast to medium drying rate in oil. Dates back to antiquity. Toxicity B. Learn More
  10. Raw Sienna Pigment

    Raw Sienna Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Raw Sienna Pigment (PBR43). Natural earth pigment, mixture of iron oxide and silica. Good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media but can be difficult to disperse in acrylic binders. Fast to medium drying rate in oil. Dates back to antiquity. Toxicity B. Learn More
  11. Burnt Umber Pigment

    Burnt Umber Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Burnt Umber Pigment (PBR7). Natural earth pigment, calcined raw umber. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media but can be difficult to disperse in acrylic binders. Fast drying in oil. Learn More
  12. Raw Umber Pigment

    Raw Umber Pigment

    Starting at: £4.00

    Raw Umber Pigment (PBR7). Natural earth pigment, mixture of iron oxide ore with manganese and aluminium silicate. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media but can be difficult to disperse in acrylic binders. Very fast drying in oil, useful for underpainting. Learn More
  13. Raw Umber Greenish Pigment

    Raw Umber Greenish Pigment

    Starting at: £4.80

    Raw Umber Greenish Pigment (PBR7). Natural earth pigment, mixture of iron oxide ore with manganese and aluminium silicate. Semi-opaque, good tinting strength and very lightfast. Stable in all media but can be difficult to disperse in acrylic binders. Very fast drying in oil, useful for underpainting. Learn More
  14. Van Dyke Brown Pigment

    Van Dyke Brown Pigment

    Starting at: £4.50

    Van Dyke Brown Pigment (PBR8). Natural earth pigment, composed of clay, iron oxide, lignite and bitumen. Semi-transparent, poor lightfastness. Unstable in all media. Dries poorly in oil, can turn grey in water-based mediums but valued for its colour and transparency. Dates from the 17th century. Learn More
  15. Venetian Red Pigment

    Venetian Red Pigment

    Starting at: £4.60

    Venetian Red Pigment (PR101). Iron oxide and chalk. Semi-transparent and very lightfast. Stable in all media. Learn More

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