Studio Craft: Oil Paint

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Studio Craft: Oil Paint - Quiz

Test your knowledge of artist's oil colors.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is NOT a category of pigment?

    • A.

      Natural Synthetic

    • B.

      Synthetic Organic

    • C.

      Natural Organic

    • D.

      Natural Inorganic

    • E.

      Synthetic Inorganic

    Correct Answer
    A. Natural Synthetic
    Explanation
    Pigments are either natural or synthetic; they can't be both!

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  • 2. 

    Cadmium Red is an example of which type of pigment?

    • A.

      Synthetic organic

    • B.

      Natural inorganic

    • C.

      Natural metallic

    • D.

      Synthetic inorganic

    Correct Answer
    D. Synthetic inorganic
    Explanation
    Cadmium Red is a synthetic inorganic pigment because it is produced through chemical processes and does not occur naturally. Inorganic pigments are typically derived from minerals or synthetic compounds, and they offer a wide range of vibrant and stable colors. Cadmium Red, in particular, is made from cadmium sulfide, a synthetic compound that provides a bright red hue.

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  • 3. 

    Traditional tube oil paints give off flammable vapors.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The oil paint vehicle is a vegetable oil; tube oils alone do not produce flammable vapors.

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  • 4. 

    Linseed oil comes from the same plant as linen fabric.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Linseed oil is pressed from flax seed which is derived from the flax plant, the source of flax fiber for linen cloth.

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  • 5. 

    Distributing pigment throughout the oil paint vehicle by milling or hand-mulling is also called:

    • A.

      Emulsion

    • B.

      Dispersion

    • C.

      Saponification

    • D.

      Wetting

    Correct Answer
    B. Dispersion
    Explanation
    Paint is made by dispersing pigment in a vehicle.

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  • 6. 

    Adding beeswax to oil paint produces:

    • A.

      A short bodied mixture

    • B.

      A long bodied mixture

    • C.

      Oil emulsion

    • D.

      Tempera

    Correct Answer
    A. A short bodied mixture
    Explanation
    The addition of wax creates a "short" paint- in other words, the paint does not produce long strings when pulled with the palette knife.

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  • 7. 

    Paint has been made out of human remains.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Mummy Brown (sometimes called Caput Mortuum) was once made from real mummies. Real mummy pigment is no more- thank goodness! http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,940544,00.html

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  • 8. 

    Pure oil paint straight from the tube dries through:

    • A.

      Oxidation

    • B.

      Evaporation

    Correct Answer
    A. Oxidation
    Explanation
    The drying oils used to make oil colors solidify by taking up oxygen.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following pigments is actually a type of glass or ceramic?

    • A.

      Crystal violet

    • B.

      Smalt

    • C.

      Smelt

    • D.

      Glassine

    Correct Answer
    B. Smalt
    Explanation
    Smalt is the correct answer because it is a pigment that is made from powdered blue glass or cobalt glass. It is a type of glass or ceramic pigment that is commonly used in the creation of blue paints and dyes. Crystal violet is a synthetic dye, smelt is a type of fish, and glassine is a smooth and glossy paper, none of which are related to glass or ceramic pigments.

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  • 10. 

    The least lightfast pigment still considered suitable for the permanent palette is:

    • A.

      Hansa Yellow

    • B.

      Ultramarine Blue

    • C.

      Viridian

    • D.

      Alizarin Crimson

    Correct Answer
    D. Alizarin Crimson
    Explanation
    Alizarin Crimson is more susceptible to color change from light exposure than other colors in the modern palette.

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  • 11. 

    When Alizarin Crimson is mixed with white, the resulting mixture is more lightfast.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Mixing a fugitive color with white exposes pigment particles to more reflected light from within the paint film, resulting in faster color change.

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  • 12. 

    "Tint Strength" of a color is best described as:

    • A.

      The thickness of the paint

    • B.

      Degree of color change a paint causes when mixed with a standard white

    • C.

      The amount of paint it takes to cover a standard white

    • D.

      The amount of pigment it takes to make a color

    Correct Answer
    B. Degree of color change a paint causes when mixed with a standard white
    Explanation
    Tint Strength is a measure of the power of a color in mixtures. Colors with high tint strength produce more color change (tint more powerfully) in a measured amount of white paint than those with low tint strength.

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