Why I love Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oils
Posted on December 25, 2009
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by, nor affiliated with, Winsor & Newton, so this article is what I genuinely think of their water mixable oil paints – having used them exclusively in oil painting now for several years.
Oil paints have been used in art for many many years and the formula for them has remained largely unchanged for just as many years.
The one down-side with traditional oils is that, in my opinion, you need to use some sort of turpentine or white spirit with them and, as you can imagine, using such hazardous materials is not only dangerous but can leave an awful adour in your home/studio. Yes, you can get odour-less equivalents but it is only really odourless to humans, the same can’t be said if you have pets in your house/studio.
One of the great things about the Artisan oils is that you can wash your brushes (and your hands!) using nothing more than just soap and water.
The old adage that oil and water do not mix does not apply here!
The paints themselves can be thinned down using water. In fact, in a recent issue of an art magazine, one artist used them to create a painting which looked as though it had been created using watercolour but was in fact done used watered down Artisan oils! You can also use special W&N linseed oil to thin your paint with too.
The paint itself looks and feels just like any other (non-water mixable) oil paint that I’ve used in the past, so there’s really no need to change your techniques or other equipment and the paints come in a rainbow of colours, all be it that I only use about seven or eight colours at most.
If you’ve always wanted to try oils but are maybe allergic to turps/spirits then give Artisan a try, you can buy them in starter kits with just a couple of tubes, through to larger sets with about ten tubes per box.