Flake White Alternative - Non Toxic -40ml/150ml


There are many Lead White hues out there which are unsurprisingly approximations of the hue of real Lead Carbonate white, but none which try to also approximate the handling qualities.

Most are generally titanium white with a little earth added to warm them, which frankly anybody can do on the palette, this paint has a lot more going on.

This paint attempts to mimic both the hue and the qualities of Flake White, the picture opposite is of the actual paint (although its hue is somewhat distorted in the photo!).

It has a gentler tinting strength compared to Titanium White, lower chroma (not a blinding white) and a certain stringyness in handling, faster drying, all these are qualities that are present in the genuine thing. 

This is the best alternative I have used, great value and of course non-toxic.

Technical Overview

Pigment - Special grade of Zirconium Oxide

Opacity - Semi-Opaque

Binder - Linseed Oil 

Drying Time - Medium/Fast


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Duncan Park
Great service and range of oils

Great substitute for the now defunct flake white.
Really impressed with the range of oils and mediums which can be hard to source in the UK.
Service is also excellent.

Brenda Devlin
Good alternative.

Good alternative to flake white, first time I’ve used it. Does dry quicker than titanium white which I found a huge advantage in block ins. It comes out the tube nice and thick but I found it makes a rather runny mix with some colours. However it’s not a huge negative.

Clare Hitchcock
I love it

I’ve never used the toxic version thus my review is based without comparison.
It’s a beautiful textured paint that holds brushstrokes though with a bit of time and agitation you can make it less viscous. It’s a soft white rather than a brilliant one.
It doesn’t have the chalky quality of titanium white when mixed with colours. it worked beautifully with my Michael Harding paints and impasto medium. It has a stringy quality that I have never encountered with MH or winsor and Newton. It’s great for highlights as you can “place” the paint on the surface as opposed to dragging or brushing. I found detail work is easier with this consistency as long as a raised detail is desired. It’s also reasonably priced for a premium brand.

Amazing Flake White

This is an amazing alternative to flake white! Everything I've ordered from this brand so far have been absolutely excellent! Highly recommend them, I like how they label many of their products that are non-toxic- which is extremely useful for the non-toxic artists out there

Benjamin Ashworth

Flake White Alternative - Non Toxic -40ml/150ml

Angus Hampel

Excellent alternative to lead white and could not have been more helpful. Thanks again

Sascha Karschner
Best lead white alternative I have tried

Of all the lead white replacements that I tried this one is so far the best. I have tried all the ones that I could get my hands on and I have a lot of experience with true lead white - this one comes closest.

nils hartvig johannson

Flake White Alternative - Non Toxic -40ml/150ml

Thomas Edetun

Fast shipping great service good product, Nice to have the opportunity to buy products made for special need in painting.

Diana Armstrong
At last a flake white not based on titanium!

I have tried many, many whites over the years to try to mimic flake white, especially the semitransparent properties in the half lights. This paint is different because a titanium base is not used. If a titanium base is used then the mix all too easily goes 'chalky' ie too cool, too opaque and the 'old master' look is ruined. THIS PAINT IS DIFFERENT. a)it is not overpowering in a mix, b) It dries a fast as flake white c) Its price is the same as titanium and not astronomical like flake white is today and d) It's non-toxic so I can sand back layers without worrying about inhaling that lead dust. That was always the killer for me - its ok not trying to injest flake white, but you should never sand it or you risk inhaling the dust in to your lungs. This paint is the best alternative, but there is one aside - it doesn't quite reach the very top value of white sometimes required very minimally in a painting e.g the last highlights etc. For that I have a separate pile of Winsor and Newton Griffin Alkyd fast drying white that I use just to tint those top notes. Job done.

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