The uniqueness of the Schmincke Mussini range of professional artists' colours stems in particular from the adoption of the old masters' practice of combining selected artists' oil with natural resin. Masters back in the days of the late Middle Ages were already using indigenous European resins, such as mastic from the Greek island of Chios and copal. Natural resins were also used to enhance colour brilliance and the impression of depth in Byzantine art during the first centuries A.D. Throughout the long history of the development of oil colouring techniques a large number of very special binder formulations have been tested, and this fund of knowledge has been applied in evolving the MUSSINI® range.
On the basis of many years of scientific experience in the field of artists' colours, Schmincke continues to use a broad and diverse scope of artists' oils, which it combines with the most suitable natural dammar resin from Palembang, Indonesia.
The amount of dammar resin which is added in colloidal solution depends on the oil requirements of the pigment concerned. The use of different variants of linseed oil purified by means of highly sophisticated processes also predominates in the MUSSINI® artists' resin-oil-colours. However, other artists' oils, such as safflower oil, poppy-seed oil and sunflower oil, also possess properties beneficial to colouring applications which - when optimised with the requisite expertise - further enhance the formulations. These formulations provide for the consistency and fineness which is required for colouring applications and ensure a harmonious drying process for the oil colours.