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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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One of a kind!
from North MS.
Comments about Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds:
Recommend by my painting teachers and now recommended by me. Allows me to paint more, oils dry faster when mixed with WN Alkyds, it's a great match.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Bozeman, MT
I really like the quality of these paints. Its been many years since I've used oils. I really like the alkyds.Just wish it didn't take 10 days for delivery, very slow.
Serves a purpose.
from Sedona AZ
I use the alkyd alone and in mixtures to decrease the drying time of the oils.
Have used this product for years.
from Flowery Branch, GA
I see no reason to buy more expensive alkyds. I was taught by a professional artist who uses these and that is enough of a recommendation for me.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
will buy again.
from Lake o the pines Texas
Really great for wildlife paintings. Dries to touch overnight so additional layers can be applied very quickly.
excellent oil paints , love them
This product works for me cause its a faster drying oil paint and I love that
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great product! Did what I wanted it to do!
from Sebring fl
Definitely worth working with
from Oklahoma City, OK
Normally I work with acrylics due to turnaround time constraints, but I much prefer the look and brushstroke hold of oil. Griffin alkyds are that good in between. I did a quick avocado painting for my brother as a test and I must say that I will definitely be using the Griffin line more in the future.
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Heart of the Hipster on 3 10x30 Blick Premier 1.5" depth canvases.
Absolutley love this paint, very good pigments quick drying, and Blicks has it cheaper than any place I have checked, and carry more colors. The local paint stores where i live don't even carry it. Fantastic Paint!
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from Lowell, MI
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.
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