Magenta oil paint
Magenta is a lightfast organic pigment with clear bluish overtones that show along like a glaze. It makes a nice variety of decadent, strong cool pinks that evoke rich satins when turned into hues. Once mixed with yellow lakes, the effect is a set of remarkably warm gingery oranges, or when mixed with translucent oxide red, the special shades of alizarin can be almost exactly reproduced. Mix my Ultramarine Blue with other colours to make beautiful purples.
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Zinc white oil paint
Since the 18th century, Zinc White (PW4) has been used in artist paints as a cool, semi-transparent white pigment made of zinc oxide. It’s commonly used in paints branded as Mixing White and Transparent White, and it’s also used to enhance the handling properties of Titanium White (PW6).
Zinc Oxide‘s use in oils has gotten a lot of press recently, particularly both for its potential to increase the rate and degree of embrittlement, cracking, and cleavage of oil paint films. On both sides, passionate positions have been staked out, with numerous reports cited and pored over in search of proof that either everything is about to collapse and break, or that the fears are overblown and incorrect. But, of course, there is a more measured middle route through this sometimes-pitched war – watchful and cautious analysis, erring on the side of caution wherever possible, and, most importantly, maintaining perspective and not overreacting.