Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colors has been specially developed to appear and work just like conventional oil colors. Hazardous solvents are not necessary for Artisan Oil Colors‘. Now artists can enjoy a safer painting environment, making it perfect for artists who are bothered by regular thinners, share a work space, or paints at home.
What is really the best thing about Artisan and regular oils is that you can thin them and clean them up with water.
Artisan oils consists of 40 beautiful colors and 11 Artisan solvents if you choose to use them instead of water.
The choice of raw materials, formulation and manufacture of Artisan colors reflects Winsor Newton’s 175 years of experience in making some of the finest oils.
They have formulated the linseed oil and safflower oil to allow the color to accept water which creates a stable emulsion while retaining the same working characteristics of conventional oil colors.
They also feature a high a high proportion of single pigments for brilliance of color and clean color mixing
Combined with strength of color, single pigments provide a wide color range in themselves and offer cleaner, brighter mixtures with countless hues.
They are the buttery consistency that all Winsor Newton oil colors offer, they have been carefully mixed to create a balance between the pigment and the oils used in the formulation.
All Artisan colors are rated AA or A and are recommended as permanent for artists' use.
When Artisan is thinned with water, the water evaporates from the paint film fairly rapidly, leaving behind a conventional film of oil that dries by means of oxidation. The different drying rates of Artisan colors are due to the different reaction of each pigment when mixed with oil. Winsor & Newton formulate each color individually to optimize its drying rate, helping artists to avoid the problems of slow drying under layers. However, the following list is a guide to the likely variations:
Fast drying (around 2 days)
Prussian Blue, Umbers.
Medium Drying (around 5 days)
Cadmium Hues, Phthalo Blue (red shade) and Phthalo Greens, Siennas, French Ultramarine, Synthetic Iron Oxides, Ochres, Titanium White, Zinc White, Lamp Black, Ivory Black.
Slow drying (more than 5 days)
Cadmiums, Permanent Rose (Quinacridone), Permanent Alizarin Crimson.