Monday, July 13, 2009

The White Test

No this is not a post about how white some folk can be, and whether or not they have rhythm. This white test is about putting some of the best oil paint companies to the test with their Titanium white. Brian one day at the shop decided that we should take a look for ourselves which paint deserves praise and which can be dismissed.
The image above shows all the paint companies we carry at Soho Art Materials. After less than two weeks we were surprised from the results. After a very short time, Gamblin's Titanium White had yellowed the most to a very visible yellow. Gamblin's Radian White, a paint designed to be non yellowing, became almost as yellow as the regular titanium white. According to a source at the shop Gamblin used to use Poppy oil as the binder for Radian White, but some time ago, due to economic reasons, they switched to sunflower oil. On their website Gamblin states that Radiant White is ground in Poppy oil. The third surprising yellowing white was Old Holland. It did not come close to Gamblin's discoloration but it was noticeable and disappointing. Old Holland has the reputation for being one of the best oil paint companies in the world, and to see their white yellow was discouraging. Other paints, Blockx, Graham, Holbein, and Daniel Smith, all achieved a warm hue during the same period. The two paints which still hold the radiance of Titanium White are Soho's white, ground in safflower oil, and Williamsburg, ground in linseed oil. This test was performed to educate ourselves with the products we provide to our artists. There are no chemical or scientific tests being performed on the above paints.

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