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Video: Understanding Daler-Rowney Georgian Oils
Offering highly pigmented, brilliant permanence, Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colour features a smooth, buttery consistency, ideal for implementing different brush and knife techniques. Intermixable and consistent from wet to dry, the Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colour range comprises 54 colours in 75ml size tubes.
What is Oil Colour?
Oil colour is produced by the combination of a pigment with a natural oil binder, such as linseed, walnut and poppy oils. This is then applied to a support such as canvas. The pigment fixes to the support upon dehydration and oxidation of the oil, forming a hard film on the surface.
The following videos show different ways of cleaning oil colour paint brushes:
Why use Oil Colour?
Oil colour dries slowly, offering artists flexibility and time to make modifications. The slow drying properties of oil colour means they are excellent for creating subtle blends, affording the artist smooth transitions in their painting.
Why choose Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colour?
Carefully formulated and traditionally crafted, Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colours are triple-milled in England, ensuring an even performance and finish across all colours. Generally, Georgian Oil Colours require very limited quantities of mediums, and can be used freely straight from the tube.
How long does Oil Colour take to dry?
Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colour tends to become touch dry in 4-5 days. However, every pigment reacts differently when mixed with oil, resulting in varying drying times. It is important to know the drying times of the oil colours used, so that slower-drying oil colour is painted over faster-drying layers, in order to avoid cracking.
How do “Hue” colours differ from other oil colours?
Designed to closely resemble the spectrum of natural oil colour pigments, “Hue” oil colour offers a quality, affordable alternative. A high level of pigmentation is achieved by the use of moderately priced pigments, rather than reducing the pigment load. Influenced by the pigments used, the sheen of Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Colour may vary in gloss level across the range. This can be addressed by the addition of solvent or medium.
How does Oil Colour compare to Acrylic paint?
The main difference between Oil Colour and Acrylic paint is their drying times; Oil Colour dries very slowly, allowing the artist a longer working time, whereas Acrylic dries incredibly quickly. Much depends on how the artist prefers to work, and the effects they wish to create. The following link provides a more detailed comparison of the two media.
Which surfaces best support Oil Colour?
An important factor for the artist to consider when Choosing A Surface For Oil Painting is where they will be painting. Cotton or Linen canvas is ideal for studio work, whereas a Canvas Board or Canvas Pad may be more suitable when working outdoors.
Which brushes are best for Oil Colour painting?
Oil Colour painting requires the brush to have stiff bristles, with enough resilience to control and manipulate the colour. Providing good flow and texture, the stiffness of Hog Brush bristles makes them particularly well suited to oil painting.
Advancements in the production of synthetic hair have resulted in a rise in popularity of synthetic brushes, especially if price and durability are an issue. Originally designed for working with Acrylic paint, many artists have found Pro Arte’s Acrylix range of synthetic brushes ideal for painting with oil colour.
Oil colour painting can often entail working at a distance from the paint surface. In these circumstances, a long handled brush offers the perfect solution.
Palette Knives are another tool invaluable to the artist working with oil colour, and choosing a softer bristle brush from our range of Oil Paint Brushes is a further option, when working with thinned oil colour.
Which techniques work best with Oil Colour?
The following links show some useful techniques when working with oil colour:
Who are Daler-Rowney?
Established in 1783, by Richard and Thomas Rowney, Daler-Rowney has been manufacturing the finest art materials for over 230 years.
In 1963, Rowney became the first manufacturer in Europe to introduce artists' acrylic colour. Widely used by artists, including well-known proponents Peter Blake and Bridget Riley, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rowney’s “Cryla” heralded a new era in art practice, which became known as ‘Pop Art’.
In 1983, the Daler Board Company purchased the George Rowney Company, forming Daler-Rowney Limited, as the company is known today. Daler-Rowney now operates from three manufacturing bases, two in the UK and one in the Dominican Republic.
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