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Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors were formulated to offer painters an artists' grade oil color that dries quickly, yet offers the adhesion of a ground, making it excellent as a base layer or for underpainting techniques.
FastMatte's alkyd resin-based binder allows it to dry more quickly naturally, creating a receptive, matte surface for subsequent layers. All colors except Titanium White and Cadmium colors are transparent or semi-transparent in nature, creating the tonal range so important for underpainting techniques.
When applied in thinly painted layers, FastMatte dries in approximately 18 hours. This drying rate allows painters to work throughout a painting session without the oil paints drying on the palette, while at the same time creating a dry surface for the next painting session.
To make FastMatte more fluid for underpainting techniques, thin it with a 50/50 mixture of Gamblin Galkyd Painting Medium and Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits. Moderate use of this mixture ensures the adhesion of thinner paint applications while maintaining the matte surface quality.
For a gloss surface, apply a thin glaze or a coat of Gamblin Gamvar Picture Varnish.
The fast drying rate of FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors makes it well-suited for plein air painters, especially while traveling and transporting freshly painted works.
Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oils are completely compatible with other artists' grade oil colors, and speed up their drying time based on the proportion used. FastMatte is also compatible with Gamblin's alkyd-based Galkyd painting mediums. Use with these mediums, however, increases the gloss level of the FastMatte Colors.
This set contains eight 37 ml FastMatte colors, a 37 ml tube of Solvent-Free Gel, and a pre-primed, cradled 6½" × 12" painting panel handcrafted in North America from sustainably forested birch. The colors include Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre, Chromatic Black, and Titanium White.
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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A must have
By Rick the carver
Comments about Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors:
This is used in painting carvings of fowl, and raptors. It works great at aiding in drying without leaving a glossy finish.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Transparent Earth Red...Perfect
from Tucson, AZ
This color, FastMatte Transparent Earth Red is perfect for creating monochrome underpaintings, especially for the desert Southwest.
A great concept BUT
Some of the tubes are so dense that is really, really hard to even squeeze out of the tube. You will definately need to use a thinning medium. I would recommend, but with a caution.
Great sampling of Alkyds
I've been wanting to try alkyds and this kit gave me the chance without having to spend a whole bunch of money. It is a great value and I can get several paintings from it. The mixing gel that comes with the kit is used to increase the flow of the oil colors. This I can see I need a huge tube of. It is a great product. I love the fact that it is a gel and not runny. I will be ordering more of it. Again the kit is great for newbies who want to see what it's all about.
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Fast drying oil experiment
By Lilli making messes and art
from North Carolina
I bought this fast drying oil to sketch in my portrait, and get to my black and white and shades of gray part faster. I guess it dries faster. I am not sure how much faster though, but it handled beautifully, and seemed like my regular oils. Of course, I like what Gamblin makes a lot, and use many of their other products. This was an experiment on my part, and I will play with it some more! All in all, it was good stuff, it was really nice, and the price was right! It definitely merits more experimenting!
Gamblin FastMatte dry fast oil paint
from Crescent City, CA
I oil paint with these fast dry oils on canvas. I like this fast drying paint because it dries overnight. Regular oils take too long to dry since we live where we get a lot of rain. Only thing I don't like is the oil that comes out of some paints that you have to get rid of.
A revolution in oil painting
These oil colors are of prime quality and they dry in one or 2 days.They combine the pleasure to paint in oil and the satisfaction to continue painting the following day while your inspiration is still fresh.This paint suits well my way of building layers upon layers.Adding the safflower alkyd fluid medium allows me to paint details and to reduce further the drying time.A great buy for all lovers of oil painting not willing to wait for days before adding glazing
Quality and practicality
By F Wanderley
from Olinda, Brasil
After using Gamblin oil paintings I found out these amazing FastMatte alkyd oil colors. As I use to work on layers over layers, that material brings a great advantage due its quick drying time. I hope they make more fast matte colors...
Gamblin fast drying oils work great for the techniques I'm going including a lot of texture and mark making.
Just started an underpainting today and was thrilled with these. I've long suffered the acrylic/ oil dilemma, having no patience for waiting for paint to dry. These handled nicely as oils, they aren't super pigmented but are fun to paint with. It's warm here today and by tomorrow the underpainting will be dry enough to continue. Previously, thin Gamsol washes would probably be as far as I got 1st session, but there's a lot more paint on the canvas than a wash. I thinned with Gamsol & alkyd, but not too much. I would switch to regular oils for top layers I think, but these would also be good for alla prima. Will be buying more colors soon too.
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