Paynes grey (gray) artist colour with high pigment content, pure linseed oil and without solvents. The consistency is like butter at room temperature, and for many artists the paint can be used directly from the tube without the addition of paint medium.
Paynes grey is a warm dark blue grey which is made from a mixture of pigments. Ours is made of two (PB17 + PB27). It is the only one of our oil paints in the range that is made from more than one pigment. But there are many recipes than our mix. Some manufacturers produce it fro a mix of Ultramarine and Burnt Umber. Others modify carbon black with a bit of Light Ochre and Paris blue and yet others take Ivory Black, Ultramarine and Iron Oxide Yellow. There are also reports of paint factories that have taken the contents of their ventilation filters. It was a grey mix of all the pigments in their production, and the profit from the sale of that paint went to charity.
The advantages of Paynes Gray are that it is great for glazing shadows. It is also a color worth considering in blends. There are artists who believe that darker tones are easier to control with Paynes grey than with black.
The colour is named after the English watercolour- and graphic artist William Payne b.1760 – d. 1830. He used it a lot to create special atmospheric effects in his works, and it is probably not for nothing that it has been called the colour of British rainy days.
This oil paint can and must be mixed with oil paints from other manufacturers. The same goes for paint. Since this is such a chemically pure and simple product without mysterious fillers, it must also be mixed with your own favourite paint, whether it is dammar and linseed oil, stand oil, black oil with litharge, Liquin ™, Oil gel ™ Maroger, lavender spikeoil, etc. For good control over consistency and detail work, we recommend our own paint medium. If you use solvents to clean brushes outdoors or in a ventilated room, Gamsol ™, turpentine, Terpenoid ™ Alcohol and ethanol, etc can be used. If, on the other hand, you do not like solvents, you can use special cleansing soap or liquid brown soap for the same purpose.
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Paynes grey is not toxic, but must not be eaten or otherwise ingested. The product has not been allergy-tested, but if you only use it for its intended purpose – to paint with a brush and palette knife – there is no immediate health risk.
this colour is known internationally as: Payne’s Gray | Payne’s grå | Gris de Payne | Grigio di Payne | Payne’s grau