A unique oil paint! Mussini is a resin-based oil colour from Schmincke. It uses customised oil blends and resin to achieve particularly brilliant colour, especially suited to glazing. The use of resin also results in even surface drying.
The Old Master’s colour from the 1850s.
Unique Resin and Oil Formula
The uniqueness of these fine professional artists’ colours stems from using the old masters’ practice of combining selected artists’ oil with natural resin. Different variants of linseed oil, safflower oil, poppy-seed oil and sunflower oil are combined with the most suitable natural dammar resin.
Even though it is a resin formula Mussini can be mixed with any other make of oil colour.
The dammar resin crystals are finely incorporated into the artists’ oils and these enhance the brilliance of the colour layers. The addition of resin gives Mussini another advantage: it dries more evenly, reducing the danger of wrinkling and cracking during the drying process. The chemical drying process which begins on the surface via oxygen uptake is balanced by the solvent content in the dammar solution which evaporates from inside.
It goes without saying that they contain only the best traditional artists’ pigments together with several outstanding newly developed artists’ pigments, each in the highest possible concentrations resulting in artists’ colours of the utmost brilliance and purity. Thanks to the particularly extensive range of pigments suitable for glazing, their fine processing and the specially adapted formulations, Mussini provides for fine glaze colouring with outstanding brilliance, luminosity and light depth.
The 108 colours in the range include metallic colours and unique historic colours.
The metallics are seven exclusive gold shades. All seven shades are highly pigmented, extremely lightfast and opaque. Five colours contain real bronze pigment (except for copper) and the white gold contains genuine aluminium. The gold colours range from light yellow to a greenish tinge, from brownish to a reddish shade up to copper and silver and thus complete the full gold palette.
The 15 unique historic Old Master colours include:
Sfumato (Shade grey) especially developed to produce the Italian masters famous “sfumato” – a fine grey mist which was applied to portraits, for example. Appearance: Greenish, semitransparent grey.
Brown Pink (Stil de grain brun) Was formerly obtained from the dyestuff contained in the semiripe berries of the milkwort. Today it is a high-quality imitation. Appearance: A warm translucent brown tone.
Atrament Black It was the name for a very cold black in Roman times (dark, gloomy, murky, like ink). Today a modern organic pigment. Appearance: Very deep black in full tone, close to a Russian green in glazes. Produces green-tinged grey tones when mixed with white.
Jackson’s Black Hog Brushes are possibly the most popular oil brush we stock! These beautiful and durable brushes are an excellent value and work wonderfully well with the Mussini oil colours. I also use Jackson’s Procryl Brushes as they are particularly well suited to blending in oils. The brushes shown in the studio snapshot above earlier are the Escoda 7040 Hog Bristle Brushes.
Some Images of how I use Mussini Oil Colours
In my paintings, either in acrylic or in oil, I like to build up transparent glazes. This creates a beautiful depth of colour. Mussini oil colour works very well for this because of its high resin content. It really glows!
Here are a few images from my studio and details of some of my oil paintings using Mussini oil paint.
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