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What is special about the drying of oil colours?


Lightfast 9 - September/October 2018


Dear friends of finest artists‘ colours,

we are pleased to make the transition to the “darker season” more colourful with our creative products and some painting inspirations.

We have developed the very first “Schmincke Advent Calendar” and will tell you what this is. Be inspired by the combination of a beautiful optic and a high-quality content!

We also would like to supply you with expert knowledge, in this issue on oil paints and their drying times – an often-asked question to our laboratory specialists. And as a creative input we have taken up the topic of "Botanical Painting" with watercolours.

We wish you an inspired autumn with a lot of creative energy! 

Your Lightfast Team

BLOG: Botanische Malerei

Oil paints are characterized by long drying times due to their "oil" binder system. Two factors essentially determine the drying behaviour of the colour: oil and pigment.


NEW: Creative Christmas - Watercolour Advent Calendar by Schmincke

The anticipation of Christmas can hardly be more colourful than with the Schmincke watercolour Advent calendar, which will be issued for the first time to provide a creative pre-/Christmas atmosphere. The arrival of Christmas is being celebrated by counting the last 24 days to Christmas and opening one door of an Advent calendar at each day starting on December first.

The atmospheric gold embossing makes this Advent calendar a real gem of the pre-Christmas period. And with each door, the watercolour painter receives another one of 23 AKADEMIE® watercolour shades in half pans, which almost form a complete standard range. Finally, in the 24th door there is a special surprise from the HORADAM® AQUARELL range, a whole pan, coloristically chosen to match with Christmas. More will not be revealed at this point. Look already now forward to the Advent season..

with Susanne Absolon

Botanical painting has been practiced already in the ancient world but is also today a famous painting style especially amongst watercolour painters. We like to show you step by step a beautiful example of botanical painting – a watercolour rose painted by the German artist Susanne Absolon.

Please note:
The described product attributes and application examples have been tested in the Schmincke laboratory. The information is based on our current state of technical findings and experience. Due to the diversity of applications in terms of painting techniques, materials and working conditions, as well as numerous possible influences, this information is based on a general application range. A legally binding guarantee of specific attributes or the suitability for a specific usage purpose cannot be derived from our information; therefore the use of the products must be adapted to the users' individual conditions and tested in trials. For this reason, we cannot provide a warranty for product attributes and/or assume liability for damages that occur in connection with the use of our products.
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