Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors

FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors


FastMatte paint tubesGamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are formulated to give oil painters a fast-drying oil color with excellent working properties and permanence.  The balanced color palette allow for great color mixing potential in a variety of oil painting techniques and styles.  When used for underpainting, the matte surface allows for maximum adhesion with subsequent layers.

FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are formulated to

  • Give painters a fast-drying palette of colors.
  • Give painters an artist-grade alkyd oil color with strong pigmentation and balanced color palette.
  • Create a matte surface.  When used as an under-painting layer, this ensures the adhesion performance of subsequent paint layers.

Titanium White: Using FastMatte Titanium White with traditional oil colors will speed the drying of the resulting mixtures, based on the percentage used.

Pigment: Titanium dioxide
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 1, OPAQUE, 

Hansa Yellow Medium: Its masstone is very similar to Cadmium Yellow Medium but semi- transparent. Clean, bright tint. Use in place of Cadmium Yellow where higher key tint is desired. Also Hansa Yellows' transparencies make them useful for mixing cleaner, brighter secondaries.

Pigment: Arylide yellow (PY 74)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 4, OPAQUE, 

Napthol Scarlet: Intense warm modern red that replaces Vermillion. Bright, clean oranges can be obtained in mixtures with Hansa Yellow Medium.

Pigment: Napthol AS-OL (PR188)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness II, Series 2, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, 

Transparent Earth Red: This is a truly transparent version of Venetian Red. FastMatte Transparent Earth Red is excellent for imprimatura underpainting techniques.

Pigment: Transparent Mars Red (PR 101)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 3, TRANSPARENT, 

Quinacridone Red: Cool lightfast modern red with high key tint. Useful in place of Alizarin Crimson where more intense masstone and mixtures are desired.

Pigment: Quinacridone red b (PV19)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 3, TRANSPARENT, 

Ultramarine Blue: Warm Ultramarine Blue is one of the few mineral colors that are transparent. Lightfast with moderate tinting strength. Makes clean violets when mixed with Quinacridone Red.

Pigment: Complex silicate of sodium & aluminum with sulfur (PB 29)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 2, TRANSPARENT, 

Phthalo Green: A dark bluish green more closely resembles Verdigris than Viridian. First manufactured in 1927, Phthalo Green has a very high tinting strength and transparency. Consider mixing with Transparent Earth Red for natural, earth greens and for verdaccio underpainting techniques.

Pigment: Chlorinated copper phthalocyanine (PG 7)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 2, TRANSPARENT, 

Chromatic Black: A neutral, tinting black made from complementary colors rather than the usual carbon or iron oxide blacks. Consider mixing with FastMatte Titanium White for grisaille underpainting techniques.

Pigment: Chlorinated and bromated phthalocyanine, quinacridone red b (PG36, PV19)
Vehicle: Alkyd resin, refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 2, TRANSPARENT, 

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Dry Time

FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors will dry within 18 û 24 hours, in thinly painted layers.  This drying rate allows painters to work throughout a painting session, while creating a dry surface for the painting session the following day.

Compatibility & Permanence

Alkyd resin is the polymerized oil of the 20th century. Alkyd resin has a great compatibility with the linseed oil binder of traditional oil colors. FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are completely compatible with all artistsÆ grade oil colors. FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are also compatible with GamblinÆs alkyd-based, Galkyd painting mediums. Consider using a 50/50 mixture of Galkyd and Gamsol OMS to maintain the drying rate and the matte surface of the FastMatte colors.

Unlike acrylic colors, which we are not comfortable using as underpainting material for oil colors, Gamblin FastMatte colors make an excellent base layer for an oil painting. The matte surface quality of these colors creates a receptive surface for subsequent layers of regular artistsÆ grade oil colors, ensuring that both physical and chemical bonds are made.

Color Palette, General Oil Painting Techniques

The balanced color palette was chosen for its mixing capabilities in a variety of oil painting techniques and styles. The surface quality of dry paintings will be quite matte. For a gloss surface, apply a thin coat of Gamvar Picture Varnish.

FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors have a low to moderate oil content, so they are appropriate for under-painting when painting ôfat over lean.ö All colors (with the exception of white) are transparent to semi-transparent in nature, as this quality will create the tonal range important to under-painting techniques.

The fast drying rate of the colors makes them well suited for plein air painters, especially while traveling and transporting freshly painted work.

For illustrators working against deadlines, FastMatte colors offer them a fast-drying solution, and the matte surface makes their work easy to photograph.

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