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Chroma Archival Oils is a line of professional-quality artists' oil paints that includes an assortment of Series 1 "Gold Series" colors at a student-grade price.
The Gold Series completes a mixing palette that is much more highly pigmented and satisfying for students and professors to use in the classroom. All Gold Series colors are denoted in the table below with an asterisk (*).
With a formulation of "perfected consistency" and a rich, buttery texture, Archival Oils appeal to all oil artists, from beginners to experts. When combined with Chroma Archival Odorless Mediums, they dry quickly on the painting, but remain workable on the palette.
As Archival paintings dry, cure, and become stable, their surface layers stretch to accommodate movement below, allowing artists to complete their work quickly without harming it, even when complex layering techniques are used. Age-cracking does not occur on paintings created using Archival Oils.
Use Chroma Archival Oils with Chroma Archival Odorless Mediums for a healthier and more pleasant working environment.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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My go to oil paint
from Savannah Ga
Comments about Chroma Archival Oil Colors:
Smooth and buttery textures color pigment are rich and vibrant... I use this paint on primarily linen canvasses .
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Helena, AL
I love the consistency and the strong color
from Niles, MI
I am amazed how fluid Archival oil paint is to apply. Makes my painting life a lot easier.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Stinks but does what it's supposed to do
By Happy Painter
I was looking for a fast drying to white to use in my underpaintings so I ordered a tube of Archival Oil's Fast Drying Titanium White. I was satisfied with how quickly it dried, its ability to cover darker areas, and how well the dried paint surface accepted subsequent layers and glazes. However, I found the smell to be too strong. Even though I run an Austin Air purifier, the smell still bothered me. I had to move paintings I had used this paint on into the garage to dry because I just couldn't take the smell. It kind of smells like strong spray paint. While I liked the paint's other qualities, I was glad when I had used it all and didn't have to smell it anymore. I will not order this brand of paint again because of the smell. If strong smells don't bother you, this paint might be worth a try if you are looking for a fast drying, highly opaque white.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Changed my paintings dramatically!
By The Artist
The gray tones caused my paintings to come alive! Thank you!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Smells like gasoline
from Seattle, wa
When received these paints from Dickblick, I first opened them up. Immediately got an adore that smelled like was at the gas pump! I tried to find anywhere on the manufacturer's website where it would give you what 'oil' this stuff is made of and could find it nowhere. Finally asked Dickblick directly and they admitted one of the ingredients is petroleum! So, just saying, be aware of this before buying. It was particularly strong smelling out of the Cadmium yellow. I thought the paint was fine for the price, but doubt will use it unless I am outdoors. The manufacturer should disclose what oils are in the product!
Merchant response: We want you to be able to make fully informed purchases. Material Safety Data Sheets are available for you to view on the product page. Look for the paper icon under the MSDS column in the Purchase Items list. (This is to the right side of the quantity box.) If you ever have any questions, our Product Experts are here to help. Please feel welcome to call us at 1-800-933-2542, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Luscious rich color
By L Foster
from Baltimore, Md
Had the pleasure of meeting artist Mary Grayson Segars in her studio in Beaufort, South Carolina and asked her the name of a particular color she used in her paintings. She was kind enough to share it with me and when I returned home I ordered it. It's a color that is rich and luscious but,must be used sparingly for impact.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
New colors for me
from Los Angles
I thought I'd try out these paints, never having used them before, and am not dissapointed. They seem to be good quality, and the consistency is good, not too thick.
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only place in town to find this color!
By Saylor Girl
from Newport, North Carolina
I could not find this color anywhere except on your site. It is a brilliant beautiful red and much needed in my art work.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Smooth Gel Medium -- Great Product!!!
I have been using this product for about 15 years and currently paint with it daily. The impasto paintings have held up MUCH better than those with just oil paint. They have retained their gloss and are not brittle as just oil paint is when painted in impasto. I mix this medium with all brands of paint not just Archival. I also really like both the Classic and Fat medium but the smooth gel is a staple for me and exceeds every comparable product. I continue to try/test every impasto medium that comes out on the market that I can find and never come close. One of the things that I like about this over some of the others is that others dry matte whereas this looks more like fresh oil paint. I leave this review because I don't want them to ever stop making this product.
Chroma Archival Oils are a professional artist's oil that's accessible to students and amateurs. Archival Series 1 Oils offer a complete mixing palette of affordable colors that are highly pigmented, permanent, and much more satisfying to use than traditional all-one-price student-grade paints. Unique benefits of Archival Oils include: freedom of technique, fast drying time and flexibility.
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