Traditional Paints, Powders & Dyes

Any suggestions given as to the preparation and usage of materials in this section are given in good faith and taken from advice given, in house testing, or from reference works. We should state that every artist consulted had slightly different techniques and ideas for the usage and application of the materials. Our intention is to provide a reference point only for general guidance.

Safety When handling dry colours always wear gloves and a mask such as the 3M 8825 [see page 3.62]. The powders listed are of low toxicity.Flints do not stock the toxic lead based pigments. Health and safety sheets can be downloaded from