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Re: oil paints


From: Frances Briggs (frances.briggs_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 15 2003 - 08:03:14 PDT

Hi Becky,
With regard to Gamblin paints - I would say: Stay Away! I tried these
paints in my college days when I was experimenting with different brands and
learning about pigment and filler ratios, etc. I remember being really
disappointed with these paints in terms of the pigments which seemed so weak
and didn't mix well. If you want a student grade paint that isn't very
expensive, I would recommend Utrecht paints. These are the best inexpensive
oils you can get. Some of their colors are even better than higher grade
paints. I'm not sure if they have a store in your area, but you can order
from them online. You might say they are the prang of the oil world.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rebecca Stone-Danahy" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 7:42 AM
Subject: oil paints

Dear Friends,
For those of you that paint in oils...what brand do your prefer? I have
been researching Gamblin paints but have yet to talk to an artist that loves
using them. An art store manager told me a while back that Gamblin will be
the future of paints created because they are more environmentally sound.

I want to teach oils in the classroom next year at the high school level and
was thinking that Gamblin student grade would be the way to go. I do have
the artista brand water-soluble oils in the classroom but so far I don't
"love" them.

I myself am getting back into oils as I just can't get excited about using
acrylics anymore. Any suggestions on setting up the home studio (off of my
kitchen) with oil paints and solvents would be greatly appreciated! It's
been 11 years since I have used the oil paints and I am feeling unsure about
set-up and clean-up.

Have a good 4th everyone!

Becky in NC


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