The prize for the oil colour with the most loyal following might go to Michael Harding Handmade Oil Colours.
You can read these customer reviews on our website:
- “Fabulous paint – so glad I found it! This paint has become my secret weapon.”
- “Harding’s paints are excellent. Buy with confidence!”
- “Michael Harding colours are quite literally a godsend.”
- “Best Ultramarine I’ve tried yet…”
- “Fantastic paint.”
Rose Madder is series 4. Pigment: Rubia Tinctorum NR9 (this means natural pigment 9 as its from a plant root). Ground in linseed oil, average speed drying time, high oil content. Not tested for lightfastness (this pigment is known to be fugitive, not lightfast).
Lead Tin Yellow Light is series 5. Pigment: Lead Stannate Type 1 (it has no colour index number). Low oil content, opaque.
Michael Harding paints are made by hand, using techniques which date back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this painstaking process. Harding’s past as an artist and painter compelled him to want to create colours that were true and vibrant, and paint which was beautiful and durable.
The greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading. Nearly all manufacturers use various fillers to extend the volume of the oil paint. It may increase profits but it compromises on quality. Harding totally refuses to do this: ‘Why make something exceptional and then dilute it?’
Harding will not claim that his paints will turn you into a great painter, but he does promise they will have a profound effect on your work. Your colours will be stronger and richer, and you will find the texture of the paint incomparable. You will love working with them.
Michael Harding oil colours are handmade in the UK and considered by many professional painters to be the best paint there is! Michael Harding says: “I will not claim that my paints will turn you into a great painter, but I can promise they will have a profound effect on your work. Your colours will be stronger and richer, and you will find the texture of the paint incomparable. You will love working with them.” If you have used them you know what he means. If you haven’t you might want to give them a try.
The Michael Harding Department on the Jackson’s website.
Click on the underlined links or the images to go to the paint on the Jackson’s Art website.