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Unlike traditional oils, Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paints can be thinned and cleaned up with water, and all brushes and equipment can be cleaned up with soap and water. With a balanced spectrum of 40 colours, Artisan includes 25 single pigment colours for colour brilliance and clean colour mixing.
Since it does not need hazardous solvents, Artisan is ideal for artists who share a work space, for those in education or at home, those looking for a safer painting environment, and for travel. There is no water within the Artisan formulation; the linseed and safflower oils have been modified to allow the colour to accept water. This creates a stable emulsion, and retains the working characteristics of conventional oil colour.
The pigments, together with the most suitable oil, bring out each colour’s individual characteristics, from opacity to natural transparency. With a buttery, thick consistency, a broad variety of techniques can be achieved and the colour can be thinned as required.
Each pigment needs different levels of oil in the formulation, so the sheen may differ slightly from colour to colour. The addition of water as a solvent, as well as the use of mediums, will also alter the sheen.