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December 9, 2017 at 9:16 am
Hi All, I got the new Schmincke color Rutile Yellow, because I liked it. I wonder what the “rutile” part means to the paint? I understand rutile is a mineral, but what does its properties add to the yellow? Thanks! NancyDecember 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
I really like this color, too.
I found this info: “When used as a pigment, it is called titanium white, Pigment White 6 (PW6), or CI 77891. Generally it is sourced from ilmenite, rutile and anatase. It has a wide range of applications, from paint to sunscreen to food coloring. When used as a food coloring, it has E number E171.”
So in essence, rutile yellow is a white yellow. The mineral makes the color more opaque as well.December 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm
I wonder if the name refers to the color only, or if the paint actually contains that mineral. Daniel smith seems to use the convention of putting “genuine” after color if it’s made from the actual rock. I don’t know the answer to this, just wondering.December 10, 2017 at 1:29 am
Thanks Sandra and Sharon, I think the “white yellow” makes sense, it is kind of a muted yellow color. I saw another company, I can’t remember which now, has some other “rutile” colors. NancyDecember 11, 2017 at 11:04 pm
ahh, now I know why I dislike it! LOL.
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