Lead White No.2 - Flake White - Walnut Oil - 50ml


This is special paint used throughout the history of painting until very recently, many of the great works of art would not have been possible without it's unique qualities, from Titian to Freud.

Slightly brighter than the linseed oil version (No.1) due to the paler Walnut oil it is ground in.

It is made with flakes (hence flake white) of Lead Carbonate produced by stacking sheets of lead over a strong alkaline substance. These flakes when ground in oil have an irregular particle size leading to greater light refraction and a luminescence which is particular to genuine Flake White. 

After using Titanium white it will take a slight adjustment as it doesn't have the crazy tinting power of Titanium White and it is considerably warmer. It also has the wonderful thick but soft body it is renowned for. This version is ground in Walnut Oil, so has a very slightly higher value and cooler temperature (very subtle) than the linseed version.

As it is lead paint it should be treated with respect, and sensible studio practice should be maintained (don't let it near children, wear gloves, don't eat and use it, don't wipe onto clothes) 

Rublev; "It is an opaque white that is smooth and brushes long in the direction of the brushstroke. The consistency straight out of the tube is creamy, slightly ropey yet retains its shape as you manipulate it while being soft yet sculptural".

Technical Overview

Pigment - PW1

Opacity - Opaque

Binder - Walnut Oil 

Drying TIme - Fast



Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Enion Salt.
The best of the best.

Wow what a stunning & amazingly useful & versatile white. I love both the flake whites that Supreme offer but this is the one I use the most. I can see several reasons to use this white over say a Titanium or Zinc white. When you use this to tint it adds a certain extra something which is very pleasing to the eye. It also adds strength to the paint film, dries faster ( a couple of days usually instead of a week plus) & being an average tinter easier to achieve those gradual & sometimes very subtle changes to shade & light. It is a gorgeous white on its own for those highlights or used alongside a dark colour for a sharp contrast effect. This really is a stunning tube of paint I couldn't work without.

Sophia Hava
Excellent true lead white

Hard to find but worth it! Excellent lead white paint. For restorers.

White with depth

This is a very special white – it has a kind of depth Titanium white totally lacks.
I’m guessing those mysterious lights coming from old masters’ paintings were created by this type of the lead whites. Highly recommended.

Antonio Dávila Bastías
Gran artículo

Un blanco maravilloso para las carnaciones. Es un color caro pero merece la pena por su calidad.

june ;png
I love this paint!

This has a really lovely creamy consistency, and is a pleasure to use. I find it a little more intense white than cremintz,- I particularly like it for the stronger highlights and final touches of a portrait. Supreme Paint Company is my favourite place to order from- always a fast first class service with first class products- and at very fair prices- can't recommend high enough- thank you!

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