Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour has been specifically developed to appear and work just like conventional oil colour.
The key difference between Artisan and conventional oils is its ability to thin and clean up with water. Hazardous solvents are not necessary for Artisan and artists can enjoy a safer painting environment, making it ideal for artists who share a work space, schools or painting at home.
Like traditional oil colour, Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour is made from linseed oil and safflower oil.The only difference is the linseed oil and safflower oil used in Artisan have been modified so that they will mix and clean up with water. Artisan has been specifically developed to appear and work just like conventional oil colour.The depth of colour, buttery consistency, lightfastness, opacity/transparency, performance and drying times of Artisan, allow artists to use this range for all oil colour techniques.
The key difference between Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour and conventional oils is its ability to mix and clean up with water. Artists using conventional oil colour will require the use of solvents such as turpentine or white spirit (mineral spirits), Artisan on the other hand can be thinned with water for painting and all brushes and equipment cleaned up with soap and water only; the use of hazardous solvents is not necessary. As a result, artists can enjoy a safer painting environment, and combined with the hints and tips in this leaflet can develop a safer studio practice.
I use them in conjuction with the available thinner and quick drying medium and safflower oil that is made for them and available on this site. DON'T use water to thin them, just use it to clean your brushes with which is a real boon, as there are no nasty substances involved.
There is no smell and they are just like conventional oils, giving a lovely finish.
They are fantastic for home use and also travelling as there are no volatile substances involved. I really like these and use them every day. David Molloy (Rossendale,, United Kingdom) on 13 Nov 2012
I have tried standard oils, Griffin Alkyd, Acrylic
and then I found what I was looking for in these paints. The brightness of acrylic and the flexibility of oil. No fumes and easy to clean up. Mark Dobbin (Belfast, United Kingdom) on 19 Jun 2012
I much prefer this as the smell when with full oils is terrible in the house. Sheila Chesney (Herne Bay, United Kingdom) on 1 Oct 2012