R&F Pigment Stick Trial Sets
R&F Trial sets feature R&F Pigment Sticks. Pigment Sticks are oil paint that has been manufactured with enough wax so that the paint can be molded into stick form. These unique oil sticks will transform the way you paint. They allow the painter to draw or paint directly onto a surface without brushes, palettes, paint tubes, or solvents. Their immediacy and mark making ability afford an endless range of options. R&F uses basic traditional materials: natural wax (beeswax & plant wax), linseed oil, and pigment. The result is an oil stick with a lipstick soft consistency. This gives them the same fluidity, subtlety and durability of traditional oil colours.
R&F Pigment Sticks have none of the additives, extenders, substitutes, or facilitators that are commonly used in industrial production. While the use of these adulterants can save time and reduce cost, they lower the quality of the paint. To do without them, it is necessary to create a very precise balance of the ingredients. Consequently, the formulas are complex and our manufacturing is labor intensive, handmade in small batches, carefully milled and molded.
Trial sets are a great way to get started with Pigment Sticks.
TRIAL SET 1
TRIAL SET 2
Use with R&F Blending Medium for glazing.
Using Pigment Sticks:
Oil paints in stick form allow the artist to apply paint directly to a surface without the distancing factor of the paint brush. This makes it possible to dispense not only with the brush, but with knives, palettes, and solvents, thereby making oil sticks more immediate and portable than standard oil painting materials. R&F formulated their Pigment Sticks to be equal in quality to the finest oil paints. Due to their rich pigmentation and lipstick soft consistency, they have the same fluidity, subtlety, and durability as traditional oil colors.
- Use it as an Oil Paint: One way to use R&F Pigment Sticks® is to treat them as if they were regular tube oils or use them in combination with tube oils. You can work on any surface just as you would with oils. Use brushes, solvents, and rags once the paint is on the surface. Some artists use them to start a painting with a quick sketch. Others do their painting with brushes and then put in final details with the sticks.
- Try it as a Drawing Tool: Pigment Sticks® are becoming more prevalent as stand-alone painting and drawing tools. They are a wonderful bridge between drawing and painting and their very nature causes artists to loosen up, use more color, and be spontaneous and gestural.
- Monotypes: Printmakers are falling in love with Pigment Sticks®. Anyone who has spent hours trying to mix colors with only nine or ten printmaking inks will find this palette of 91 colors very liberating. Because of their immediacy, and mark making ability, they afford an endless range of options.
Benefits to Working with Pigment Sticks
- They can be thinned with turpentine or mineral spirits.
- Work with mediums by dipping them into stand oil, linseed oil, alkyd mediums, or oil medium gels.
- You can mix them alongside tube oils or use them to draw over dried oil paintings.
- Blending Sticks are colorless Pigment Sticks – essentially a stick without pigment. You can work them into an oil color to increase its transparency or blend two colors together on the painting.
- You can manipulate Pigment Sticks with a paint knife until the paint is a buttery consistency, then it can be brushed or knifed onto the surface. You can use this method to mix colors on the palette or on a painting.