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    Spotlight on Phthalo Green


    There are many green hues available in artists' colours and one of the main contributing pigments is Phthalo Green (PG7 and PG36). This green is capable of producing a vast range of useful colour mixtures...

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    The Oil Painter's Guide to Protecting Yourself and The Environment


    Not always the first priority for artists but an awareness of health and safety practises is really important to protect yourself and the environment. Bones recently discovered in Tuscany are almost certainly thought to be Caravaggio’s due to the alarming levels of lead they contain...

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    Setting Up An Artists' Studio


    Landscapes and locations are great but at some point every artist needs their own space. A studio can be a haven, an engine room, or sometimes just a hiding place...

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    Spotlight on colour: Indian Yellow


    Indian Yellow Colour, also known as Piuri or Purree is a vibrant yellow pigment with excellent tinting qualities. As its name suggests, Indian Yellow is believed to have originated in India during the 15th century...

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    Spotlight on colour: Manganese Blue


    Manganese Blue itself is a modern, inorganic synthetic pigment invented in 1907 and patented in 1935. It is produced by heating sodium sulphate, potassium permanganate and barium nitrate at 750–800 °C to create barium manganate. This is a clear and punchy azure blue.

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    The Ostwald Colour System, the Bauhaus and Winsor & Newton


    The Winsor & Newton Archives contain many historical objects, including a well-preserved ‘Ostwald Color Solid’ – a three-dimensional representation of the Ostwald Colour System created by Friedrich Wilhelm Ostwald.

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    Spotlight on colour: Cerulean Blue


    A pure blue pigment, Cerulean Blue is opaque and bright due to its highly refractive particles. This stable, inert pigment does not react to light or chemicals, making it permanent and invaluable for artists...

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    Spotlight on colour: Emerald Green


    Graphic arts colour matching experts, Pantone, have named Emerald Green as their colour of the year 2013. Consisting of copper aceto-arsenite, until the 1960s, it provided artists with a bright, clean emerald colour...

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    Spotlight on colour: Pinks


    The colour pink is named after flowers from the Dianthus species which includes Carnations, Pinks and Sweet William. In painting terms, pink is commonly known to be a mixture of red and white, but there are many different shades: pale pink, hot pink, cotton candy pink, carnation pink, cerise, coral pink, fuchsia, puce, rose, magenta and many more.