Michael Harding Handmade Oil 40ml tube-	Ultramarine Blue 40ml (series 1)

Michael Harding Handmade Oil 40ml tube- Ultramarine Blue 40ml (series 1)

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Ultramarine has a high Tint Power, Harding's chosen shade produces strong green shade blue hues, and makes wonderful violets with Magenta and the red Lake colours.

Inorganic – An obviously beautiful mid blue.

The discovery in the 1820s of a Sodium Sulphosilicate compound, which had appeared as a mysterious blue deposit on soda-ash furnaces, was a liberating moment for financially challenged artists everywhere, until then the only available version of this compound was the often unobtainable Lapis Lazuli ore, mined in Afghanistan. 

One of the more difficult paints to make, as it forms an intractable runny syrup when first ground into oil, which has to be stabilized with a small amount of wax.

It is useful in greens and greys. The only chemical weakness is a recorded sensitivity to atmospherically borne acids, which can bleach it out. 

  • Colour Index PB29

  • Drying Average

  • Transparency Transparent

  • Lightfastness Excellent

  • Oil Content Average

  • Tint Power Average

  • Toxicity Non-Toxic

  • ASTM D-4236 ✔

Widely recognised as one of the best Oil Colour Paints available, thanks to the high pigment levels used in their manufacture they give strong colours that are vibrant and true providing great coverage and highly resistant to fading.

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Michael Harding Oil paints are made by hand in Wales, adopting techniques dating back to the days of the Old Masters. 

A popular Artist in his own right Michael Harding states "As an artist and painter I wanted to create colours that were true and vibrant, and paint which was beautiful and durable"

The paints are described as having a buttery, creamy texture that are easy to handle and their texture is easily manipulated.