This is a wonderful, semi-opaque pigment that can provide a painting with a little extra undefinable something and can make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Using a base of safflower oil, this beautiful Winsor and Newton color is composed of mica coated with iron oxide and titanium dioxide. This mixture provides a beautiful metallic effect. It is this unique reflectance property that produces the soft sheen inherent to metallic paints. It’s often used mixed with other colors (carefully — mixed with certain colors, it can turn muddy) or thinned to produce a sparkling glaze.
Many artists put Winsor and Newton brand oil colors at the top of their list for purity and trueness of color. The Artist Oil Colors are the highest quality traditional oil paints that this well-known manufacturer offers for professional artists. Oil colors are slow drying so that they can be shaded and worked directly on the canvas for a long period of time.