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Griffin is a genuine oil color, made with pigments and oil modified alkyd resin, and it can be thinned with traditional oil color solvents. Alkyds' main advantage over oil paints is that they are dry to the touch in 18 to 24 hours and can usually be varnished in 30 days. All colors remain workable for 4-8 hours, and dry at the same rate to a uniform semi-gloss finish.
As with traditional oils, the drying time is affected by the thickness of the paint and the temperature of the environment. Griffin is classed as artists' quality because the grinding of pigments and quality of raw materials equals that of Winsor's Artists' Oil Color. There is no compromise on lightfastness, color strength, and selection.
The speed of drying allows techniques such as impasto and glazing to be done in considerably less time. It also means that oil painting outdoors, on vacations, or during exams is now a realistic proposition.
Griffin Alkyds are made with an alkyd resin binder that has been modified with a non-yellowing drying oil for optimum color retention, excellent durability, and rapid drying time. Alkyds work because the binder includes a solvent that controls drying time and consistency, giving you a paint that dries quicker than oil but slower than acrylic. Use with Liquin and other traditional oil painting mediums. Clean with mineral spirits.
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.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Winsor & Newton products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
™ Winsor & Newton is a trademark.™ Griffin is a trademark.
Griffin Alkyd colors can be mixed with traditional oils, but many painters like to use them for underpainting. It's a good application of the principle of fat over lean.
Because alkyd film is slightly less flexible and is faster drying than traditional oil color, application over oil or oilbar layers is not recommended. Alkyd is not intermixible with acrylics.
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Praise for W&N Griffin Alkyds
from Lowell, MI
Comments about Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds:
I use W&N Griffin Alkyd White as my basic white for oil painting. It is a great paint for two reasons. First, as promised, it dries quickly, taking some of the "delay of gratification" problem out of oil painting and enabling further application of paint by glazing or scumbling in short order. The other virtue of it is that is has very good opacity and can lend opacity to other colors mixed with it -- thus solving two problems.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Been using this brand for years, wouldn't change it!!
from Glendale Az
Dry faster than regular oil, easier to work with.
I ordered awooden pallet
from Odenton, Md. 21113
Use this in my portrait painting class
Windsor Newton Alkyds
By Laurie the painter
from Baldwinsville, NY
This was recommended as one of Cheri Rol's techniques and products that she uses.
Good times three
from Vancouver Island, Canada
Good times three because the product is top quality, the price is right, and the shipping, both speed-wise and packaging-wise, is excellent.
I used to love their alkyds
from Santa Fe, NM
Since the cadmium colors have been discontinued the substitute " Hue " colors are terrible. Not close in color to cadmium.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
No complaints whatsoever!
I've used thede paints for years.
from Flowery Branch, GA
I was taught by a professional artist who uses Winsor & Newton Alkyds and she introduced me to them. Other oils cost more but I find these to be best. They dry quickly and to me that is an advantage. And colors are great. I'd recommend them to anyone.
would buy product again
from hattiesburg, ms.
i like fast drying and color quality
Alkyd Oil Purchase
from Bountiful, UT
I only work occasionally in oil and prefer the faster drying capability of Alkyd oil, so I buy it rarely, but appreciate that it is still available and Blick is always there to provide.
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