Water soluble oils

by Jan 18, 2021Art Supplies

Oil paints without the smells

Jane has looked at Oil Paints previously. Here she is looking at the Winsor & Newton Artisan Oil Paints.

What is Artisan Oil?

Winsor & Newton Artisan oil colour is a genuine oil colour which is made from a modified linseed oil and modified safflower oil.

The depth of colour, thickness / consistency, lightfastness, opacity / transparency, permanence and drying times are all comparable to conventional oils. So, although they are water soluble, they are designed to be just like any original oil colour.

Artisan Oils from Winsor &

Safflower

I hadn’t heard of safflower oil so I thought I’d look in to it. Safflower is found in more things than I had imagined for instance. Safflower oil is the edible version of pressed seeds of the plant. As a thick liquid, it’s similar in comparison to vegetable oil. It’s commonly used in cooking and medicines, though it may also be used on your skin. It is also used as a carrier oil for other essential oil.

Safflower

Are water based oil paints any good?

Good question. Let’s see, if you suffer from headaches caused by the strong smells of turpentine and linseed oil and want to use oil paints then water-mixable oils sounds great: artist grade pigments are used just like a regular oil colour, it makes cleaning up so much easier and no solvents needed.

They also dry faster in general than the traditional oils and are great for travel, or underpainting with lean layers. So they are real oils just like traditional formulated oil colour.

What colours are available?

Artisan Oils colour chart

 

Can you thin oil paint with water?

Artisan oil paints are real oils but they simply have the ability to be mixed and cleaned with water. Water soluble means that you can use water to thin the oil paint (though traditional oil mediums like linseed or stand oils can also be used).

How long do water soluble oils take to dry?

As you know a traditional oil colour can take months to dry but when Artisan oil is diluted thinly with water they can be dry in 5-10 minutes, if you use them straight from the tube or mixed with drying oils, they can dry within 1-3 days, this depends on how thick you use your paint.

So, if you suffer from headaches from the smell of turpentine, or you want a fast result from oils that dry quickly then Artisan is worth a try. 

 

Gadsbys are happy to help you when you are choosing the best materials, whether that be paint or brushes, for your work. Gadsby’s stock a great range of artists materials and have experts on hand (if needed) to help with your selection.

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