Paints & Mediums

Paints & Mediums 

We’re proud to be able to bring you the finest quality paints, whether you’re an experienced artist or an aspiring novice. Whatever your chosen medium, we’ve got you covered – from the smoothest oil paints to the chunkiest acrylics and the most vibrant watercolours. Our wide selection of leading brands such as Schmincke and Winsor & Newton gives you an extensive choice over finding the perfect paint to create your next piece of artwork with. We also offer a wide range of paint sets which serve as superb gifts for artists of all ages, or as the perfect starter kit for painters looking for the essentials. Finish your masterpiece off with one of our many mediums and varnishes. Whether you’re looking to extend the usability of your paint or simply to protect and preserve your artwork, we’ve got you covered. We also stock a fantastic range of brushes, canvas and easels to help you create your next painting masterpiece.

  • Acrylic Paints

    We offer acrylic paints in individual tubes and sets, supplied by leading paint brands like Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Daler-Rowney. For beginners, it might be best to opt for a smaller acrylic paint set, but we also have large sets (up to 48 pcs) in a range of colours and shades for frequent painters. Choose that perfect colour missing from your palette, or purchase an acrylic paint set as a special gift for the artist in your life. 

    Acrylic paints are a fast-drying medium that doesn’t require any chemicals, unlike oil paints. They’re a popular choice amongst those new to painting, like hobbyists or students, and are ideal for use in craft projects. We also offer a wide range of brushes for acrylic painting, as well as extensive range of System 3 Acrylic paint, one of the leading lines of acrylic paints, popular with artists from all walks of life. 

  • Gouache

    If you’re looking for gouache paint, then we have a great range of products. Gouache paints are opaque watercolours that are popular with designers, illustrators and commercial artists. In addition to its colour pigment, the paint also contains a white pigment such as chalk. It is this element that gives the paint its opacity and gives it a unique finish. Unlike other paints, gouache can be reactivated with water in the event that you want to change a piece of your work. The paint dries very quickly and it is possible to overpaint dry gouache with lighter colours. Gouache is well known for its versatility and brilliance and is the perfect medium if you love watercolours but want a more vibrant finish. If you’re thinking about using gouache paint on one of your projects, then make sure you take a look at our range.

  • Mediums & Varnishes

    Mediums can be a very important tool when painting, affecting many elements of the performance of a particular paint. A variety of painting styles can benefit from the use of mediums, but perhaps the most common is oil painting. Oil paint mediums are an important part of the oil painting process. While you can work with oils without using a medium, this completely changes the process and many artists find this to be a very difficult way to work.

    Depending on the item you use, the right medium can alter drying time to achieve either a slow drying time or a faster one. Mediums can also manipulate consistency and the finish of a painting. We carry a wide range of mediums including oils such as Linseed oil, varnishes, liquin, solvents, pouring mediums and more from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Schmincke and more. Our range will allow you to find the perfect oil painting medium recipe to create just the effect you are looking for with your oils. 

  • Oil Paints

    At Cowling & Willcox, our range of oil paints includes those of the best quality from leading art brands such as Winsor & Newton, Daler-Rowney and Michael Harding. We provide starter sets and professional oil paint sets for artists, alongside individual oil paints; so you can get the complete range or just individual colours you need to restock in your studio.

    Oil paint is a slow drying medium that offers excellent blending opportunities. We recommend exploring our Mediums & Varnishes to pick up all the supplies you’ll need to paint and finish in oils. Browse our extensive range of oil paint tubes, sticks and bars to get started on your next masterpiece! You can also browse our range of oil painting brushes to find the perfect tool.

  • Spraypaints for Artists
    Spray paint is a highly versatile medium and can be used in any number of artistic creations. Equally useful for working on wood, concrete and even canvas, spray paint is a modern medium within fine art and urban art. Back in the 1980s, spray paint art broke out in Mexico City, Mexico, and has quickly spread across the globe and resonates with creative souls the world over. Discover our range of Liquitex, Marabu and Montana spray paints. 
  • Watercolour Paints

    We offer the best watercolour paints from leading art brands, including Winsor & Newton, Daler-Rowney and Schmincke. Our collection includes assorted watercolour paints ranging from 45 half pan colours to single watercolour paint tubes. There is a great deal of choice in watercolour palettes and we have products suited to various budgets. With the best prices for watercolour paints in tubes and pans online, you can be sure you'll get the best deal when shopping with us. Our range includes artists quality watercolour paints and a number of products that are perfect for beginners. You can also explore our range of watercolour paper and pads and watercolour brushes.

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