modern pigments and their vehicles

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II WHITE PIGMENTS As it was stated in the preceding chapter, to facilitate the search for any one given pigment, all have been classed into groups of certain colors, and within each will be found all which belong to it by being nearer in tone than to any other group. It is fitting to commence with the whites, as this group is the most important of all. The whites are not only important to the painter on account of its " self " color and the one self color mostly used in painting, and rightly so on account of cleanly tone and brightening effect, but also because the whites form the base upon which nearly all tints are made by the addition of colored pigments. The ideal white pigment, is probably present to the average painter's mind, but the realization of it, as yet, has been far from the ideal one. Every practical user of paint who has given much thought to it, has some such ideal pigment mapped out in his head. He has ideas of what it should be like, — all good qualities, with none bad,— but when he goes out among the realities of life and looks, he does not find it. His ideal white pigment is to be found only in his mind. A feeble portion of the good qualities desired in a white are to be found unassociated with some very bad ones in any one white pigment. In actual practice it turns out that for every good quality shown, there will be found a counterbalancing defect which will prove a thorn in the flesh. The above is written for the purpose of preparing the reader for the defects which are found in all the most prominent white pigments, and also to guard him against over-confidence or extravagant expectations from the use of any. White Lead History White lead is the most prominent and best known of any of the white pigments on the list. There are few p...
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