Williamsburg founder and painter Carl Plansky entered the paint business as the result of a happy accident. In 1985, Plansky obtained his first paint mill from fellow artist Milton Resnick in return for continuing to make paint for Resnick, a task that had become too arduous for the artist to continue.
Working from his new mill in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Plansky began making paint for Resnick, himself, and others. Experimenting with materials on a large scale, he eventually discovered how to make an oil paint that was richly pigmented and dense. Although he had no plans to sell his paint, within a year Plansky’s artist-friends had bartered and bought enough paint from him to turn Plansky into the master supplier of the Williamsburg art crowd. The “underground legend” that was Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints was eventually made available to the public.
Today, Plansky’s paint-makers continue to source the best raw materials in the world, importing pigments from dozens of countries. Each is carefully ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each pigment, then ground into pure, premium, alkali-refined and pH-balanced linseed oil. Every color in the line possesses a unique consistency and texture — some are slightly gritty, and some are extremely smooth.
Every color is made in small batches no larger than five gallons at a time to ensure the highest level of control over the product. In addition, every ingredient is hand-measured, and every ounce of paint is scrutinized.
Carl Plansky died on October 10, 2009, at the age of 58. The artist-craftsmen of Williamsburg Artist Materials, trained by Plansky to make paint like artists, are dedicated to ensuring that his legacy continues. They invite you to experience Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints.
Basic Painting Set of 7 — A great set for the beginner, or as an introduction to the Williamsburg handmade line of paints. This basic paint set contains six colors in 40 ml tubes, including Ultramarine Blue, Fanchon Red, Permanent Yellow Light, Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre Domestic, plus a 150 ml tube of Titanium-Zinc White.
Basic Painting Set of 13 — A great beginner set or introduction to the Williamsburg line of paints. The set contains 12 colors in 40 ml tubes, including Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Fanchon Red, Permanent Yellow Light, Permanent Yellow Medium, Viridian Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre Domestic, Naples Yellow Italian, Ivory Black, and a 150 ml tube of Titanium-Zinc White.
French Earths Set — Williamsburg's French Earth Oils provide a texture, physical presence, and subtlety of color that synthetic iron oxides simply can't equal. The set contains 10, 37 ml tubes, including one each of French Terre Verte, French Yellow Ochre Deep, French Raw Sienna, French Ochre Havane, French Brown Ochre, French Burnt Umber, French Light Sienna, French Ardoise Gray, French Raw Umber, and French Noir Indien.
Native Italian Earths Set — Clean, vibrant and more translucent than other earths, these rare Italian colors are prized among painters as among the finest available in the world. Primarily used in restoration, they are the very same colors made by Italian Renaissance and used by conservators. Set of 10 colors in 40 ml tubes includes Terra Verte, Italian Yellow Ochre, Lemon Ochre, Orange Ochre, Green Ochre, Pompeii Red, Rosso Veneto, Terra Rosa, Pozzuoli Earth, and Roman Earth.
Selected Cadmiums Set — Set contains 6 of the most popular cadmiums in 40 ml tubes, including Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, and Cadmium Red Medium.
Selected Cobalts Set — Williamsburg searches the world over for cobalt pigments good enough to be considered for this line. The pigments are delicately hand ground into beautiful, glowing colors. Buy the set as a special treat or a great introduction to the unmatched beauty of cobalt colors. Set contains 6 colors in 40 ml tubes, including Cobalt Violet Light, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Bluish, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Green Light, and Cobalt Yellow.
Selected Iridescents Set — Williamsburg is known for their unusual range of lustrous iridescent oil colors. Set includes 40 ml tubes of the following colors: Iridescent Pale Gold, Iridescent Copper, Iridescent Silver, Iridescent Pearl White, Iridescent Pewter, and Iridescent Bronze.
Selected Transparents Set — Essential for glazing and wonderful in mixtures, these 6 transparent colors are rich, luminous pigments that produce clean tints and issue a sense of depth to mixes. This set is a good place to start if you’re looking to expand the range of transparency in your paintings, or feel that your mixtures are too dull or heavy. Colors include of Alizarin Orange, Brown Pink, Italian Pink, Dutch Brown, Indian Yellow, and Stil de Grain. Tubes are 40 ml.
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