R&F Pigment Stick

R&F Pigment Sticks are our version of an oil stick that transform oil painting into a whole new experience.  Two sizes, 90 vibrant colors and a lipstick soft consistency.  R&F Pigment Sticks let you get rid of the distancing factor of a brush and hold the paint right in your hand.  The surface, the paint, your hand and your ideas all come together. The different effects you can get with these luscious sticks will amaze you.

Oil Stick

Oil stick is an oil-based drawing and painting medium that employs wax to give it a rigid structure. The oil in an oil stick is a drying oil, such as linseed oil, which means that it will form a hard permanent paint film. The oil and wax of the stick form a gel in which the uniformity of the wax encapsulates the oil, even when the oil is the predominant ingredient. When the stick is crushed on being applied to the painting surface, the wax structure breaks down into particles which are partially encapsulated by the oil which, when it dries is insoluble in painting solvents. The unencapsulated waxes, however, are partially soluble in these solvents.

Oil Pastel

 Oil pastel generally contains more wax than an oil stick and employs a non-drying oil, such as mineral oil or castor oil. Work done in oil pastel, therefore, will not dry and needs to be protected by glass.

What Are Pigment Sticks? Pigment Sticks are oil paint manufactured with enough wax for the paint to be molded into stick form.  They allow the painter to draw or paint directly onto a surface without brushes, palettes, paint tubes or solvents.

R&F Pigment Sticks are handmade in small batches, carefully milled and molded.  We use only the basic traditional materials: natural wax, linseed oil, and pigment, and we use them with absolute purity.  Pigment Sticks are the only brand of oil sticks that employ only natural waxes (beeswax & plant wax).  This allows for a minimum amount of wax.  This results in softer consistency and greater paint film strength.

Pigment Sticks have none of the additives, extenders, substitutes, or facilitators that are commonly used in industrial production.  While the use of these adulterations can save a lot of work and reduce the cost of materials, they lower the quality of the paint.  To do without them it is necessary to create a very precise balance of the ingredients.  This balance is what makes our Pigment Stick so luscious and luminous.  Consequently our formulas are complex and our manufacturing is labor intensive.

To find out more about R&F Pigment Sticks and painting with oil sticks, check out our Workshops or the Pigment Stick Resource Center of our site.

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