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Colour Story: Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Orange is a bright, warm and opaque colour from the cadmium family of pigments. Its name derives from Kádmos, the founder of Thebes in Greek mythology, credited for bringing…

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Colour story: cadmium-free colours

Winsor & Newton has always been at the forefront of innovation, always driven by artists’ needs – from developing the first glycerine-based moist watercolours in 1835, to introducing glass syringes…

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Colour Story: Cadmium Red

Think of the colour red and it’s most likely you will find yourself thinking of the big emotions. That’s why artists like it so much. Red is an extremely dominant…

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Colour story: cadmium yellow

Describing a set of tonal variations of opaque yellow rather than a single pigment, the yellow cadmiums range from the lightest, cadmium lemon, to the darkest, cadmium yellow deep. Formulated…

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Seeing red: the world’s loudest colour

Red: the colour of love and war. It has represented all things dramatic and passionate over the centuries, from famed romances to flags of the revolution. But what is it…

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White: The colour of life, death, weddings and winter

In many parts of the modern world, white is seen as the colour of everything light and pure; of weddings and winter wonderlands. In some regions it has stood for…

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Choosing pigments: Old Masters and contemporary painters

Today pigments and colours are generally widely available, whether in an art store or online. While some artists might choose a limited palette, the number of colours on offer is…

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The story behind Winsor & Newton’s new Artists’ Oil Colours

Since 1832 in the journey of innovation to create today’s art materials, Winsor & Newton are credited with being the first colour makers to publish a complete list of colours…

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Colour Story: Viridian

A history of Viridian Hydrated chromium oxide is an intense green pigment with a bluish hue, more commonly known in the English-speaking world as Viridian. Viridian comes from the Latin…

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Material Matters: Artist Karen David on using Winton Oil Colours

Karen David is an artist, curator and lecturer. In 2018 David was awarded a studentship for a practice-led PhD with a studio focus on mythmaking, fictional narrative, communes and para-anthropology.…