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Winsor & Newton Artisan Water-Mixable Oil Colours (37ml)

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  • Water mixable
  • Smooth and balanced
  • Retains colour brilliance
  • 40 colours in the Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable paints range

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Video: Winsor & Newton Artisan Oil Colour Masterclass

One of the five Winsor & Newton oil colour ranges, Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour offers a balanced spectrum of 40 colours, including 25 single pigment colours for brilliance and clean mixing. Developed to look and work like traditional oil colour, Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour can be thinned and cleaned up - simply with water.

Colour Chart: Artisan Water-Mixable Oil Colours

Why choose Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour?

Retaining the characteristics of conventional oil colour, Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour is a stable emulsion in which the linseed and safflower oils have been modified, allowing the colour to accept water. Providing a buttery, thick consistency, this paint is suitable for a broad variety of techniques, and can be thinned as required. No solvents are needed to thin Artisan Oil Colour, making it ideal for artists working in limited spaces or requiring a safer painting environment.

What is Oil Colour?

Oil colour is produced by the combination of a pigment with a natural oil binder, such as linseed, walnut and poppy oils. This is then applied to a support such as canvas. The pigment fixes to the support upon dehydration and oxidation of the oil, forming a hard film on the surface.

Unlike when working with traditional oil colour, the brushes and tools used to apply Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour can be cleaned quickly and easily with soap and water or a brush cleaner.

The following video offers tips on Removing Oil Colour Using “The Masters” Brush Cleaner And Preserver

Why use Oil Colour?

Oil colour dries slowly, offering artists flexibility and time to make modifications. The slow drying properties of oil colour means they are excellent for creating subtle blends, affording the artist smooth transitions in their painting.

How long does Oil Colour take to dry?

Oil colour tends to become touch dry in 2-12 days. However, every pigment reacts differently when mixed with oil, resulting in varying drying times. It is important to know the drying times of the oil colours used, so that slower-drying oil colour is painted over faster-drying layers, in order to avoid cracking. Winsor & Newton provide further information on Understanding The Drying Times For Oil Colour.

How do “Hue” colours differ from other oil colours?

Designed to closely resemble the spectrum of natural oil colour pigments, “Hue” oil colour offers a quality, affordable alternative. A high level of pigmentation is achieved by the use of moderately priced pigments, rather than reducing the pigment load. Influenced by the pigments used, the sheen of Artisan Oil Colour may vary in gloss level across the range. Adding a medium or water to the oil colour will also affect the sheen of the paint.

How does Oil Colour compare to Acrylic paint?

The main difference between Oil Colour and Acrylic paint is their drying times; Oil Colour dries very slowly, allowing the artist a longer working time, whereas Acrylic dries incredibly quickly. Much depends on how the artist prefers to work, and the effects they wish to create. The following link provides a more detailed comparison of the two media.

Guide To The Key Differences Between Oil Colour And Acrylic Paint

Which surfaces best support Oil Colour?

An important factor for the artist to consider when Choosing A Surface For Oil Painting is where they will be painting. Cotton or Linen canvas is ideal for studio work, whereas a Canvas Board or Canvas Pad may be more suitable when working outdoors.

Which brushes are best for Oil Colour painting?

Oil Colour painting requires the brush to have stiff bristles, with enough resilience to control and manipulate the colour. Providing good flow and texture, the stiffness of Hog Brush bristles makes them particularly well suited to oil painting.

Advancements in the production of synthetic hair have resulted in a rise in popularity of synthetic brushes, especially if price and durability are an issue. Originally designed for working with Acrylic paint, many artists have found Pro Arte’s Acrylix range of synthetic brushes ideal for painting with oil colour.

Oil colour painting can often entail working at a distance from the paint surface. In these circumstances, a long handled brush offers the perfect solution.

Palette Knives are another tool invaluable to the artist working with oil colour, and choosing a softer bristle brush from our range of Oil Paint Brushes is a further option, when working with thinned oil colour.

Which techniques work best with Oil Colour?

The following links show some useful techniques when working with oil colour:

How To Blend Oil Paint

Impasto Technique

Glazing With Oil Painting

Oil Painting Technique Using Winsor & Newton Liquin Medium

Who are Winsor & Newton?

In 1832, William Winsor and Henry Newton introduced the first moist water colours to the world. Today, Winsor and Newton remain the premier choice for artists, offering a wide variety of fine art supplies including: oil, water colour, acrylic and alkyd paints, pastels, artists' brushes, canvases, papers and portfolios. 

Reviews (53)

06/11/2022
5/5
Lovely buttery consistency with strong pigments. A joy to use and no need for solvents.
23/08/2022
5/5
Always good to use
09/07/2022
5/5
Easy to use and less smell and easier to clean brushes.
24/03/2022
5/5
10 out of 10
28/10/2021
5/5
I'm in the process of migrating from acrylics to oils and chose the W&N Artisan brand of water mixable oils. Early results are most pleasing
28/09/2021
5/5
Great paints
30/06/2021
5/5
Much less odour and much cleaner to use than conventional oils. Can clean brushes in water
14/05/2021
5/5
Also in excellent condition
04/04/2021
5/5
This water soluble oil paint is fabulous - you can even freeze it!! No smell no mess - love it I🤩
09/03/2021
5/5
I love this paint which I use on the covers of my art journals. The colours are true to those shown on the colour chart. Love this product.
25/02/2021
5/5
Does what it ssays on the tin
18/02/2021
5/5
Colour is great. I’m struggling to transfer from acrylic to oil, but love the fact that I can just wash my brushes in water.
27/01/2021
5/5
Excellent
27/01/2021
5/5
Excellent paint,
25/01/2021
5/5
I always use this product
12/01/2021
5/5
Lovely to use with no smell. Brushes wash in water and are creamy to use.
01/12/2020
3/5
Nice product to use
26/10/2020
5/5
Excellent product
16/10/2020
5/5
used before all the benefits of oil without the solvents to clean up.
01/09/2020
5/5
pleased with paint
21/08/2020
5/5
Very good
16/07/2020
5/5
Fantastic!
05/07/2020
5/5
Very easy to use & Don’t smell strong like standard Oils, I strongly recommend them.
30/06/2020
5/5
Good quality at an acceptable price.
15/02/2020
5/5
I always use water mixable oils and I find this brand very good to work with
04/12/2019
5/5
They are perfect for my use. I love oil paints but cannot stand the smell of turpentine hanging round. I am a messy person and its so easy to get the paint off clothes, hands etc.
19/09/2019
5/5
Only recently tried this paint , use the Galeria Acrylic for my base painting then finish with the Artisan oil. Very pleased.
28/08/2019
5/5
Really like these paints.
29/06/2019
5/5
Excellent product. Reasonable price
13/06/2019
5/5
Used them before. Excellent product at a good price.
18/04/2019
5/5
very good
26/02/2019
5/5
Excellent product
07/02/2019
5/5
Lovely to work with
22/01/2019
5/5
Very good----though I'm curious to try another make of water mixable oil paints to see if they dry more quickly than the slow drying artisan ones.
28/08/2018
5/5
Good strong colours. I'm very impressed. I will be ordering more in the future.
17/08/2018
5/5
Great value and good product
18/07/2018
5/5
The best value for oil colours online.
30/06/2018
4/5
Never used these before so trying them.
29/06/2018
4/5
My wife says she is very pleased with her present. But she had told my what to get!
12/05/2018
5/5
Excellent. The very best oil to use.
12/04/2018
5/5
Have not used them yet but am sure they will be fine.
17/03/2018
5/5
beautiful to use
21/12/2017
5/5
Just what I want.
20/07/2017
5/5
excellent
20/05/2017
5/5
Great paint as easy to use and mix with other colours. Being water mixable means that brushes can be washed clean easily and the paint can be washed off most fabrics.
04/05/2017
5/5
perfect for my needs
19/02/2017
5/5
Lovely rich bright colour, perfect for my art work.
15/02/2017
5/5
Oil paint
07/02/2017
5/5
Just right for the job, can not use conventional oils because they give me awful headaches.
28/01/2017
5/5
Good paint at a good price
28/12/2016
4/5
Still playing with this colours But there not bed I would recommend them
27/11/2016
4/5
Good
03/11/2016
4/5
Good paint easy to use good colour pigment