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It’s ironic that I’ve found chalk to be a great way to lighten colors without the chalkiness of Titanium White. Most paint is made to a short consistency and since using Blue Ridge’s Flemish White, I’ve come to appreciate a longer consistency. You can cut butter with a knife, however you can’t cut honey. It’s not just about thicker and thinner, there’s a certain pull the paint has on the brush or knife. We tend to look for paint with the highest pigment load and high tinting strength, but there’s a whole range of possibilities with a paint that’s extended but not diluted. I bought a can of this medium from Natural Pigments and I have every intention of making something at least this wonderful in my studio. Early experiments with calcite have been quite promising. If you’re not into making paint and mediums, I highly recommend Rublev Velazquez Medium.

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