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Old 28-08-03, 08:52 PM
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Dennis H Dennis H is offline
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I had always seen zinc white (gouache) referred to as Chinese White, when dealing with watercolors. I don't think I've ever seen the raw pigment called that. It was always prepared and tubed.

I use both zinc and titanium in my tempera mixes. If I'm painting a pale glaze of semi-opaque color, I prefer to use zinc because of its transparency. If I need the color to pop out a little more emphatically or if I need to make single-stroke light colors, I'll use the more opaque titanium. I also find the so-called "buff" or "unbleached" titanium very useful.