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Old 19-10-07, 12:07 AM
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Default Pigment pastes or dry pigments?

There are valid reasons to use both methods.

Pastes are partly a health consideration, as previously mentioned. The health consideration
applies not only to toxic pigments, but also to non-toxic pigments. Since the particles are so light and fine, inhalation is an overall hazard. I use a half-face respirator mask when mixing my pastes.

The alternative of grinding pigments directly into drops of egg medium applies to pigments
which are stubborn to grind smooth, and also, optionally, to titanium white, which needs more egg.

In icon painting, floating techniques are used which require the artist to mix out 3 varying strengths of one color across a cup-style palette, and for that you would not be able to use
a paste either.
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