Mars Black Handmade Oil Paint Sticks - Natural Wax Gives Softer Consistency & Better Film Strength
Pigment Sticks, also known as paint sticks or oil sticks, are a version of oil paint that is made with wax so that the paint binds together. The manufacturer then forms the paint into sticks you can use to paint or draw on your work surface directly, without having to use a brush or palette knife. There is no messing with paint tubes or solvents as well when you use an oil paint pigment stick. Oil sticks differ from oil pastels in that the oil used is a drying oil, such as linseed oil, whereas oil pastels are made with non-drying oils. Oil sticks will dry to a hard permanent paint film while works in oil pastels never dry and have to be protected by glass.
R&F''s Mars Black pigment stick is a very dense black whose slightly violet undertone and greys will mix cleaner than the other blacks in the R&F palette.
About R&F Pigment Sticks
R&F mills its oil paint sticks using only the absolutely purest, basic traditional oil paint making materials: natural wax, linseed oil, and pigment. R&F is the only oil paint stick brand that uses natural waxes (beeswax & plant wax) exclusively in making their Pigment Sticks which minimizes the amount of wax in the paint stick. As a result, you get softer consistency and greater paint film strength.
R&F''s carefully milled and molded Pigment Sticks are handmade in small batches using a process that does not use any of the additives, extenders, substitutes, or facilitators commonly used in industrial paint stick production. This process is more intensive, the material costs are higher and the formulas are more complex but the effort is worth it as you get a much higher quality paint in a Pigment Stick that is very luminous with a luscious texture.
Pigment Sticks are completely compatible with all oil painting materials, supports and techniques.
- You can use pigment sticks to work over dry paintings made with tube oils.
- Some artists crush the pigment sticks into a buttery consistency that they then mix wtih their tube oil colors on a palette.
- Use Pigment Sticks with oil painting mediums the same way you use tube oil paints.
- You can use palette knives or brushes to work with pigment sticks.
Varnishing Pigment Stick Paints
Varnishing is one area where pigment sticks differ from tube oil paints. The wax that pigment sticks use to hold the stick form can be dissolved by some varnishes, which could then spread your colors. R&F recommends using synthetic varnishes like Gamblin''s Gamvar or Golden''s MSA/UVLS and applying them using very light brush strokes or the aerosol spray versions. The synthetic varnishes are easier to remove, very important when working with pigment stick colors, and are less yellowing.
Sizing for Pigment Stick Paints
As with other oil paints, proper sizing of your support is recommended to keep the acid in the linseed oil used in the sticks from damaging your work''s surface.
REVERSIBLE SIZES FOR PIGMENT STICKS ARE:
SUITABLE IRREVERSIBLE SIZES FOR PIGMENT STICKS ARE:
APPROPRIATE GROUNDS FOR PIGMENT STICKS
Grounds or primers are used to create the surface that your paint is actually applied to. Grounds are typically applied after you have sized the support surface. Grounds give your surface uniform absorbency by creating a white, non-yellowing layer that gives your painting maximum luminosity. Grounds also give your surface the "tooth" or texture you need for the paints to stick to.
Absorbent grounds you can use include:
Non-absorbent grounds include:
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