BLICK ARTIST OILS_PROSPECTUS_Every rich, vivid color is formulated using the finest genuine hand-ground pigments, combined with pure, first-press, non-yellowing safflower oil.* Thirty of the 60 colors in the line are made from a single pigment. Qualities of these extremely responsive oil paints include a high pigment load, a dense, buttery feel, and a luminous satin finish.

  • SELECTION_60 colors provide a limited selection
  • PROPRIETARY COLORS_There appears to be none
  • CONSISTENCY AND TEXTURE_perfect workable consistency right out of the tube. Not as buttery as Rembrandt and not as dense as Old Holland. Outstanding (responsive) brush stroke and texture.
  • BINDERS_Their are probably variables here but the primary binder seems to be Non-Yellowing Safflower oil.
  • ADDITIVES_Only the Chemists know for sure, we could make an educated guess but won’t.
  • FINISH OR SHEEN_The claim of a Luminous Satin Finish seems correct. They have one of the least glossy finishes of brands tested. If you are not a fan of glossy finish you should take a look at this offering.
  • PACKAGING_Openings seen a little small but other than that its fine.
  • TOXICITY_No leads here but an abundance of Cadmiums
  • TRANSLUCENCY_Minimal selection of Transparents and Translucents but adequate in for a range of 60 colors.
  • OPACITY/COVERAGE_Good for the limited range of colors.
  • INTENSITY_Safflower Oil produces noticeably more intense, brighter cleaner colors than Linseed as does the Poppyseed Oil used in Blockx.
  • LIGHTFASTNESS_ This is a question mark for all of the brands tested. The pigments in this limited lineup have stood the test of time.
  • DRYING TIME_ The dryer time of Blick Artist Oils is better than average which makes it a good choice for Plein Air and Studio alike.
  • AVAILABILITY_ Excellent
  • SYNOPSIS_ Our analysis of the Prospectus for Blick Artist Oils is that it is pretty accurate. The advantage of Safflower Oil is that it produces more vivid, cleaner, non-yellowing colors. The French Satin Finish is very pleasing to those looking for less reflective sheen from their paint. Their range of colors is one of the smallest tested, but they are all formulated with time tested pigments, and it is a very compact, reliable range. These are Professional-Grade paints.

OVERVIEW:_The purpose of The Society of Figurative Arts Testing Reviews is the examination of the characteristics of professional-grade artists’ materials. The determination of which is better or best depends on the needs and preferences of the individual. Our mission is the support of professional-grade artist materials manufacturers and retailers and supplying Artists with the best information possible. We think this is particularly important at a time when hedge fund type conglomerates are buying up brands by the dozen and reformulating products to maximize profits. There is also a good deal of misinformation afloat that requires righting the ship. We feel Painters need to know the characteristics of the products they are purchasing and using.
We have found very little that separates the top tier professional brands. The perceived differences in quality are based mainly on marketing hype. They are differences between brands, some subtle, and some distinct. Some brands share specific characteristics, and some do not. We will explain what the industry standard Extra-Fine refers to and the merits of single binders as opposed to binder recipes tuned to each color. We will discuss the merit of single pigment colors and various other aspects that affect one’s purchase decisions.
The determination of what is ‘best’ is the province of the Painter. They need to decide as to what works best for them.

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