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Winsor & Newton's Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour
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Winsor & Newton's Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour Winsor and Newton are expanding the Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range. We have introduced 200ml tubes of colour, a selection of exciting new mediums and extended our range of sets.  All 31 Series One colours are now available in 200ml tubes (series 1+2 in the USA) ideal for artists painting large or using lots of colour.  Winsor and Newton R&D chemists have developed a number of new Artisan mediums. These mediums will allow artists to use exclusively Artisan to achieve the time-honoured techniques enjoyed by a traditional oil colourist without being exposed to hazardous solvents, such as turpentine or white spirit. 

The key difference between Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour and conventional oils is their ability to mix with water. This enables the artist to thin and clean up with water rather than solvents such as turpentine or white spirit (mineral spirits).  Friendly to the environment because you do not need to use turpentine or petroleum based solvents, which also means those who have an allergy or are sensitive can now use a genuine oil paint. The lids on the bottle are easy to open as they do not need to have child resistant caps. There are fewer health and environmental concerns when solvents are avoided. Clean up with ordinary soap and water, much more convenient and readily available. Painters and Artists working in studios and art schools can now paint in common areas without the build up of solvents causing concern for others around. Low odour turpentine or sansador is also available for those using oils Can be transported on aeroplanes.
Artisan is a genuine oil colour made from modified linseed oil and modified safflower oil and can be intermixed with standard oil paints. It has been specifically developed to appear and work just like conventional oil colour and can be intermixed with standard oil paints.
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.
40 colours in the range in 37ml tubes. There are two series, series 2 containing genuine cadmiums and cobalt's.
Series 1 colours are also available in 120ml tubes.

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A range of Artisan Water Mixable Mediums has also been developed without requiring turpentine or white spirits.    
Artisan water mixable Fast Drying Medium    
This is a fast drying medium that improves the flow and speeds the drying of Artisan oil colours, smoothes brushwork and increases gloss and transparency. It is excellent for glazing and produces fine detail and is resistant to yellowing.

With Artisan mediums always shake the bottle well before use and mix the medium thoroughly into the colour, gradually adding small amounts and water only if required
Artisan water mixable Linseed oil    
Artisan water mixable Linseed oil reduces the consistency and improves the flow of Artisan oil colours.
It also increases the gloss and transparency of Artisan.

With Artisan mediums always shake the bottle well before use and mix the medium thoroughly into the colour, gradually adding small amounts and water only if required
Artisan water mixable Stand oil    
The flow and levelling of Artisan is improved by using Stand Oil. It is excellent for glazing and producing fine detail as it smoothes brushwork. Stand oil is slow drying.

With Artisan mediums always shake the bottle well before use and mix the medium thoroughly into the colour, gradually adding small amounts and water only if required
Artisan water mixable Painting Medium    
This medium thins the consistency of Artisan oil colours and aids fine detail work. It also improves the flow and wetting of the colour.
It dries slowly to a flexible thin film and is good for "oiling out". Oiling out is the application of an oil medium to a painting which has sunk, or lost its oil to the layer underneath. With Artisan mediums always shake the bottle well before use and mix the medium thoroughly into the colour, gradually adding small amounts and water only if required
Safflower Oil    
Safflower oil artisan
When painting with whites or pale colours, Safflower Oil can be used instead of Linseed Oil to reduce consistency. The paler colour means that the paler pigments maintain their brightness. It also increases gloss and transparency.



Thinner Artisna oilAlthough water is suitable as a dilutant for Artisan colour, its speedy evaporation can make the colour thicken upon the palette much quicker than conventional oil colour would when used with turpentine. To help with this issue we have developed a Thinner which can be used instead of water or combined with it. It also provides a more oily consistency which is preferred by some painters, plus there is less colour change than there would be when using water.    
Artist VarnishGloss, Satin & Matt Varnishes
All 3 varnishes are water based and do not contain any hazardous solvents. The varnishes provide finished paintings with protection from dirt and grease and when dirty itself, can be removed with Artisan Varnish Remover. (Please remember as with conventional oil paintings Artisan paintings should be allowed to dry completely before varnishing, at least 6-12 months for thin films, longer for impasto paintings.)



Varnish Remover ArtisanVarnish Remover
All three Artisan varnishes can be removed with the new Artisan Varnish Remover, when the varnish is dirty.

Whilst innovation such as this is crucial to us, so is improving the quality of our existing products where possible. As a result, whilst working on the new Artisan medium ��s our R&D chemists also made improvements to the Artisan Fast Drying Medium.

For more general information on Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour or other oil products from Winsor & Newton, click here or go to the �Creative Encyclopaedia �� section and click on �product Information/Artisan ��.

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Surfaces and Primers
Stretched, primed canvas is the traditional support for oil colour. Canvas boards are also popular. Our Winsor Canvas, Winsor Linen or Winsor Board (not available in the USA) are recommended for the artist  wanting to exploit a variety of techniques and ensure long term stability. Paper can also be used, provided it is sized and primed correctly. Heavyweight Winsor & Newton Water Colour Paper primed thinly with Acrylic Gesso Primer is ideal.

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For use with gesso powder as a ground for tempera painting or traditional ground for oil painting
Directions : place contents in a suitable mixing container add approximately 450 ml / 3/4 pint of cold water and allow to stand over night. Then warm to 140 to 158'F = 60 to 70'C stir until dissolved. Do not boil. Apply 2 coats with brush or sponge allowing first coat to dry thoroughly before applying second coat.

Oils and mediums alter the handling characteristics of the colour and help to maintain the flexibility of the finished painting (fat over lean) Oils are the traditional, slower drying choice whilst alkyd based mediums, such as Liquin Original and Fine Detail, are favoured due to their speeding the drying time of the painting.

Varnishes are used to protect finished paintings. For fine art usage, picture varnishes should be removable so that the painting can be cleaned in the future. Our varnishes  are labelled �gloss �� or �matt �� and vary according to the different resins used.
To thickly apply colour or impasto, bristle brushes are most common. Winsor & Newton have three ranges, Artists �� Hog [Rathbone in USA], Winton �� and Azanta ��. The stiff nature of the bristle and its natural split tips, (called ��flags ��), result in brushes which wear well and carry considerable quantities of colour. To blend and glaze, a soft hairbrush is recommended such as Cirrus �� sables or Sceptre Gold II �� which are a blend of natural and synthetic fibres.
Mahogany palettes are the traditional palette for oil colour. However, because canvases are primarily white, white melamine palettes are often preferred by modern painters together with expendable paper palettes which can be disposed of at the end of each painting session.

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