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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.
Basic Set of 6 Colors
This set contains 6 colors in 37 ml (1.25 oz) tubes, including one each of Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow, Indian Red, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Green, 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.
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.
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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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Griffin Alkyds are my favorite media
from Cumming, GA
Comments about Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds:
I love painting with Griffin Alkyds. They flow smoothly and dry quickly. When used for painting plein air they have a similar drying time to acrylics used indoors. They have a nice range of available colors but are some are not in stock in the store locations. I would give it five stars if it were more easily available.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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this product really works!
from Orlando, Fl
this product reduces the drying time to 24 hours. Mixing even a little of it in a color seems to trigger the same rapid drying time.
They saved me
By picc and paint
I needed to have a painting done from start to finish and ready to ship QUICK. I used these alkyd oils by Winsor Newton to help. I did use some traditional oils on the spots that needed controlled blending and painted those areas first. I used the alkyds on the block in and mixed half and half with regular oils on the top layers. They do not blend as well and cleaning your brushes is harder. Also when I got them on my clothes they did not wash out as easy as regular oils. But they saved me. I got my large painting done and shipped in record time.
I would buy this product again and again
By Mike the artist
from Chesterfield, NJ
I love how fast it dries and blends with other brands of oils. It allows me to continue to stay on schedule and to create the effects Im looking for.
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from New Ulm MN
I love to mix alkyd with oil paints for faster drying time. I use exclusively white alkyd paint and Winsor Newton is the best product. Reds and yellows in oils also have a slow drying time so I have been using those in alkyd paints. What I paint one day is dry enough to paint on the next day!
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Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds
from Gainesville, GA
finely ground, consistent quality
Have used these pants for years.
from Flowery Branch, GA
I have used Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds for years. Other alkyds are priced higher but I see no reason to pay a higher price because these paints are high quality.
Used for years
from Huntington, NY
Clean, bright, and dependable. I have used them for years.
Better than oils!
from Seattle, WA
I've always painted with oils until a friend pressured me to try Alkyds. They are amazing. They feel like oils but dry in a day. It's great for glazing techniques. I've peinted exclusively with Alkyds for two decades now. I can't understand why more artists don't use these.
Worked out great
from Milton, FL
Was looking for a quick drying oil, and decided to try these alkyds. Used a limited palette (red, yellow, blue, burnt umber, white, and an oil black) and as advertised... dry to the touch within 24hrs. Since I had forgotten to order a black, the black oil I used blended well as advertised. As I'm still a hobbyist, I like the fact that if I goof or want to lightly glaze, I don't have to wait 4 days. I can paint an hour one day, paint and overpaint errors the next, etc. Colors were brighter than I expected.
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