Recycling oil colors and pigment into paint
If you took all the pigments in the color spectrum and mixed them together, what color would you make?
Every spring, Gamblin Artists Colors collects a wealth of pigments from our Torit® Air Filtration system. We filter the air around the areas where we handle dry pigments so that our workers are not exposed to pigment dust. Rather than sending any of our high quality, expensive pigments into the landfill, Gamblin paint makers recycle them into “Gamblin Torrit Grey”.
“Pigment dust should not go into the earth, water or landfill, but into paint,” says Robert Gamblin.
The mix of pigments is different every year, so Torrit Grey is always unique and will never be repeated. Torrit Grey tends to have a greenish tinge because of the great strength of the Phthalo Green pigment, which is a dark bluish green. Torrit Grey varies from a medium dove grey to a dark earthy grey.
Our Torrit Grey store promotion, which runs each April in celebration of Earth Day, not only recycles pigment dust into paint but focuses artists on the importance of recycling, studio and environmental safety.
How to get Torrit Grey
Torrit Grey tubes are complimentary with purchase of Gamblin materials through your local fine art materials retailer, while supplies last. Limitations are often your greatest creative assets and it is remarkable what talented artists can achieve with a color palette limited to white, or black and Torrit Grey.
“We invite you to enjoy the paint today—to capture its subtle monochromatic excitement – because this special color will only exist next year as paintings,” says Robert Gamblin.
Donaldson® Torit® has been improving industrial air quality for over 90 years. To learn more about their various air filtration solutions, visit Donaldson Torit.
Torrit Grey Painting Contest
Please note, the Torrit Grey Painting Competition has been discontinued. We want to get out of the business of judging art. However, we still would like to showcase how painters are using Torrit Grey in their work and promote the importance of reusing pigment in future paintings. Please send us images of your Torrit Grey paintings to firstname.lastname@example.org and share them on Instagram using #torritgrey.