Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sporny Solution

We reported here last year on the death of Stanley Sporny (see November 4 post) and, at the time, we didn't know whether his Sporny Solutions formulae might have been lost.

We're glad to say that the products will still be available. For anyone who is concerned about toxic fumes or wants to extend the working time of their paint, these materials are the answer. They contain no volitile organic compounds or citrus. The mediums are professional grade, non-yellowing and archival. The clean-up solvent doesn't evaporate and can be re-used many times.

This is the product page on our website.


Simone Ritter said...

hi Judsons team!
love your products and informative website!
just received my set of 'sporny's' and it stated that some special instructions have to be followed, where can i get those/ how do i use them properly?

Judsons Art Outfitters said...

Hi Simone,
A brochure of Sporny's instructions should have been included with your order, but we'll send another one along to you.
Very nice blog!

Helen Opie said...

I have used Sporny's for about a year, mostly just the solvent, as I don't use mediums much - and don't really want to prolong the drying time...though maybe that would allow me to leave my palette out instead of making room for it in my (small) fridge?

I wish their/his directions were a bit clearer. Is there some experienced person out there who could give fuller information? Specifically, I want to know if having residual solvent on my brush, when I've cleaned it between colours, is going to adversely affect the painting? What would happen if there were too much solvent? Would the paint slough off? Never harden?

Also, is ALL paint applied thinly fugitive, as Stanley Sporny? I question this: I'd expect earth colours in thin layers would be as permanent as in thicker layers, and fugitive colours are fugitive, period.

Judsons Art Outfitters said...

Thanks, Helen.
Carl says there's no danger of altering the archival characteristics of the paint if you clean your brushes with solvent in between colors and then wipe them off. You wouldn't have to worry about having too much solvent on the brush as long as you wiped it well.
As for colors becoming fugitive, it's generally accepted that the thinner the paint, the more likely the color (any color) will become fugitive.