Here at The Deckle Edge we stock a range of water-mixable oil paints by Winsor and Newton called Artisan. They are just like normal oil paints except they can be mixed with water! This is beneficial as it means you don’t have to use harsh solvents while painting and allows for a safer painting environment.
Water-mixable oil paints are great for those who want to avoid exposure to turpentine and other such solvents, work in schools or colleges where such solvents are prohibited, artists who work in a small and confined space, as well as for those who travel – Artisan oil paints are safe for aeroplane transport. Brushes need only be cleaned with water and soap. These paints are made much in the same way that normal oil paints are made except that the linseed and safflower oil used has been modified so that it will mix and clean up with water. The paint has been made to be as similar to conventional oil paint as possible and uses the same pigments as Winsor and Newton oil colours.
The drying time of water-mixable oil paints is much the same as conventional oil paint – between 2 and 12 days depending on the thickness of the paint and if/what mediums were used. The paint dries in the same way as oil paint does – through a process of oxidation. Artisan oil paints can be mixed with conventional oil paints although it is not necessarily recommended as it reduces the ability of the paint to be mixed with water. The more non-water-mixable oil paint you add, the less water-mixable your paint will become.
There is also a range of Artisan mediums available at The Deckle Edge which allow you to alter the characteristics and working properties of your water-mixable oil paint. There are oils, mediums, varnishes and a paint thinner which will all allow you to achieve a wide range of techniques and finishes.
Watch this video to see Artisan paints in action: