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Question asked 2016-11-29 14:10:40 ...
Most recent comment 2016-11-29 14:17:00
What are your thoughts regarding mixing Chalk, calcite, barite, kaolin (clay), talc, silica (quartz) and bentonite directly into the paint or into the medium while painting. I love some of the effects that are possible when you add chalk or barite into your paint on the palette, but I'm worried about permanence. I don't use any mediums except for linseed oil and or stand oil.
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EditDeleteModerator AnswerNone of the additives you have listed have any issues relating to "permanence." We find some of these additives all the time when we analyze historic paint samples and they are commonly found in modern paints today. As with any paints you make yourself the greatest concern here is not to over-step your bounds when it comes to the pigment (and filler)/binder ratio. Too much pigment and/or filler can result in an underbound paint film (think powdery and friable). Companies that manufacture paints have conducted dozens of tests to find suitable ratios that will in turn create stable paints. You can try to trouble shoot this on your own by adding various amounts of fillers to specific tubed colors...also be sure to disperse the fillers as well as possible as you do not want to end up with minute "pockets" of dry material throughout your paint film as these can also lead to a weaker paint film. In sum, there is nothing wrong with adding such materials. But it is possible to add too much.
EditDeleteModerator AnswerAs Kristin pointed out, the permanence of these dry fillers is not the problem here. The issue is one of creating a paint film where the pigments and modifiers are well dispersed and with no pockets or agglomerations. The other essential aim is to create a paint that contains enough oil to properly bind for the layer you are working on. There is really no way to control these important considerations following the practice you describe. It would be far preferable for you to completely disperse your modifiers into one of the oils that you use. You could make these as lean or as fat as you wish, as long as they are well dispersed, and then judiciously add them to your raw paint. You will have far more control and likely create a better paint film.
Please see my response about calcite and other subjects on this thread.
Yes, powdered glass has been found in the works of some of the Old Masters. There is still debate as to whether this was for rheological reasons, adding translucency, as an additive to promote drying, or possible a mixture of the above.
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