Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Spoiled by Gamblin

Recently I went on a tour of Gamblin Colors- they make oil paint supplies and print making ink. I was so completely excited because I love seeing where the paint comes from.  Where paint is born!  I have considered trying to make the paint myself but we both know I can't bake and mixing paint requires exact measuring.
They were making orange.  I know not everyone is into oil painting as much as me but if you ever thought about painting get into oil paints it's completely worth it.  Do it! you will love it.
They used an 1950's toothpaste filling machine to fill up the tubes of paint.
1. they are non toxic and good for the planet including Gamsol which is faux turpenoid.  Real Turpenoid is really bad for you.- its paint thinner.   They told me a story about someone who called in panicked because his dog ate a tube of paint. He called the president of the company on his cell phone on the weekend- and the dog was just fine. I am not suggesting you feed your dog a tube of paint.  The dog survived :) and no vet visit required.  2. The paint is a butter gooey texture.  I love painting with creamy dreamy paint.  If you have used Gamblin you know what I am talking about- their paint is like painting with butter.. it's so smooth. sighs. 3.  The make the best varnishes ever! seriously. 4.  They are affordable.  Even using a coupon at the big stores to cut down on oil paint costs. Oil paint is expensive, but Gamblin has always been reasonable.  Even though oil paint is more expensive and the paint goes farther then acrylic- more bang for your buck. 5.  They are made in my home town- Go Portland! 6.  Gamblin paints have been used to restore famous paintings- like the Madonna in London. - I died on this one.  7.  Everyone was so extremely nice and made me feel extra special.  The president of the company showed me around.  8.  They put lots of TLC in each tube of paint.  9.  They make special batches of oil paint a few times a year.  They gave me a tube. loves! 10.  This is a little random but I met a lovely artist who works there whom handles tech support.  I asked her why do you need tech support for oil paints.  Her favorite story was that somehow someone got blue oil paint on the pan in the oven that they were cooking chicken with.  The chicken turned blue and she wanted to know if she should throw out the pan. :)
I had such a great visit :) Thanks Gamblin.

PS My previous post on tips for beginning oil painting.

22 comments:

Mandy Crandell said...

So cool that you got to visit. It's exciting to watch something be made. :)

Michelle Brunner said...

What an awesome visit! I will have to try Gamblin:)

naturally nina said...

wow! i love this post.

Heartfire At Home said...

How cool! Love the pics too. You almost made me hungry listening to that description of the paint!

Linda. xo

ckscribbles said...

I'm so jealous that you got to see how paint is made! I love going on tours of places like this. How its made is one of my favorite shows!

xo
Christine

HazelandMare said...

That looks like so much fun! I guess I never really thought about how oil paints get into those little tubes- it's so funny they use a toothpaste machine! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for that brand. I'm only a hobby painter but I LOVE oil paints- they mix so beautifully and are so vibrant!

Glad you had that cool experience!

Elizabeth Bauman said...

I need to visit Gamblin! How fun. I love their paint and mediums, they are a favorite. My hope is that they will start making other products as well, it is such a great company.

I've contacted them several times for help with totally random questions and they've always been so helpful and quick to respond. It always felt so personal too, not like some massive corporation I'm e-mailing.

ashley.warner said...

holy smokey! looks like a fun tour!
i am jealous!

Ajax said...

What a fun little field trip! I'm still with team acrylic (I just can't stand the way oils won't dry (no patience))...but you are so good with that paint, dear!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

this is such a fun post- love it- I don't paint but if I start I'm using Gamblin!

Kelsey Cole said...

Thats so neat that they were used to restore famous works of art!! And I'm always for things that don't have harmful chemicals in them:) I'm excited to see some of the works of art you'll create with your new paints!

A Lost Feather said...

i've never used oil paint.. so silly! i'd love to try!

mm looks like a fun/interesting tour!

Danielle said...

i love oil painting! i've never heard of this company; i'm going to definitely look into it. thanks for sharing! the tour looks like a lot of fun and very enlightening!

Andrea@FancyThat! said...

Ooooh, I would love to try oils but I'm nervous about the expense involved and being just a beginner. I enjoy acrylics, and they're pretty cheap in comparison. Maybe I'll just bit the bullet and give it a shot!

lamina @ do a bit said...

Wow lucky you!! I love seeing how things are made... so fascinating!!

taryn and taylor said...

i love how passionate you are about art! i love it, but i'm no artist. that's truly a gift that one's blessed with. love your blog!

the southern hostess said...

Good to know! Such a great post.

punkychewster said...

well i certainly don't know much about oil painting but sounds like a really fun tour. i liked that they used an old toothpaste filling machine. have fun painting!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

I saw paint getting mixed somewhere small before, but this looks really cool!

Jess said...

YAY! I love going to look for art supplies! The colors are so pretty!!!

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Anna C said...

You are very lucky!
I've always wanted to visit a factory.
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