Williamsburg Iridescent Colors are colorfast and permanent. They are made with ground mica so that even the 'metallic' colors will not tarnish. There are some limitations inherent in the composition of these colors: in order to refract light and appear metallic or nacreous, the mica particles must not be ground too small. They should be almost like tiny crystalline prisms sparkling with glints of light. Because of this the paint has a semi-translucent quality --not the heavy covering power of aluminum radiator paint.
Williamsburg handmade oil color was developed in the mid-1980s by Carl Plansky in his Williamsburg studio. The company is still very small and run by professional painters dedicated to making paint in the European tradition. Each color is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment.
Like French colormakers of the 19th century, Williamsburg maintains total control over their product. Each pigment is ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined and PH-balanced linseed oil and made in batches no larger than five gallons at a time.
Williamsburg oil colors are used by the worlds finest artists. You can see them in recent acquisitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and the Beaubourg in Paris.
Color shown here is for reference only.