Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd OilsGamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are formulated to give oil painters a fast-drying (18–24 hours in thin layers) oil colour with excellent working properties and permanence. The balanced colour palette allow for great colour mixing potential. When used for underpainting, the matte surface allows for maximum adhesion with subsequent layers.
Alkyd resin is the polymerized oil of the 20th century. Alkyd resin has a great compatibility with the linseed oil binder of traditional oil colours. FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors are completely compatible with all artists' grade oil colours and Gamblin's alkyd-based Galkyd painting mediums. Consider using a 50/50 mixture of Galkyd and Gamsol OMS to maintain the drying rate and the matte surface of the FastMatte colours.
Gamblin FastMatte colours make an excellent base layer for an oil painting. The matte surface quality of these colours creates a receptive surface for subsequent layers of regular artists' grade oil colours, ensuring that both physical and chemical bonds are made.
The balanced colour palette was chosen for its mixing capabilities in a variety of oil painting techniques and styles. The surface quality of dry paintings will be quite matte. For a gloss surface, apply a thin coat of Gamvar Picture Varnish.
FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors have a low to moderate oil content, so they are appropriate for under-painting when painting "fat over lean." All colours (with the exception of white) are transparent to semi-transparent in nature, as this quality will create the tonal range important to under-painting techniques. The fast drying rate of the colours makes them well suited for plein air painters, especially while traveling and transporting freshly painted work.
For illustrators working against deadlines, FastMatte colours offer a fast-drying solution, and the matte surface makes their work easy to photograph.