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PostSubject: Paint dries darker?   Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:14 am

Is it my imagination or does Winsor & Newton Artisan oils dry slightly darker in value? I'll go do a test but if anyone knows let me know. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:38 am

I've never noticed a difference but I've only used the W&N a few times. I'm interested in knowing the results of your test. Good to know if their is a value shift.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:12 am

From W&N technical information about Artisans:
"As water is added some colours will lighten in tone. This is due to an emulsion being formed. The colour will return to its original hue as the water evaporates. This colour change is reduced by the use of mediums in addition to water. The colour remains wet and workable after the evaporation of the water, like a conventional oil colour. "

Essentially the emulsion can create a foaming effect that makes the color look lighter than it actually is. The less water you use, the less noticeable it is, and is more apparant in the darker values. This can happen with other brands also.

If it's bothersome to you, you might consider trying W&N's miscible thinner instead of water.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:26 pm

Thanks David. I hardly ever use water so I imagine my test with the oil medium will show little or no difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:18 pm

I've never noticed that with the W&N oils. My first thought was mixing with water might be the cause (thanks for the info, David.).
Tommy - have you noticed it with all or just certain colors?
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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:40 am

I've used WN for yeaqrs and never noticed a difference. I never add water, though, i can't speak to that suggestion.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint dries darker?   Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:50 am

It's probably just my bias towards working too dark.
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