Collection: OILS - PAINTS AND MEDIUMS

Lustrous and versatile, oil paint has appealed to artists since the middle ages. Painters from Van Eyck to Hockney have been drawn to its rich sheen and vibrant colour. The paint is made using finely ground pigment particles suspended in drying oils.

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What actually is Oil Paint?

Oil paint consists of pigment dispersed in a drying oil, i.e. an oil that hardens when exposed to air. It is relatively slow drying and has been favoured by painters since the Middle Ages thanks to its lustrous quality and versatility. Just contemplating the gentle luminosity of a Seurat with the high drama of a Caravaggio or the boldness of a Twombly demonstrates just a few ways that oil paint can be used to achieve infinitely diverse and exciting results. It’s capable of washes, glazes and thick impasto marks. 

What materials and equipment do I need to get started?

The absolute minimum you can get started with is some tubes of oil paint, a brush or a palette knife, a board or canvas to paint onto and some solvent to wash your brushes with afterwards. Some rags or kitchen towel are also handy for blotting brushes with.

In time you may wish to mix more drying oils or mediums into your paint to alter the drying time, transparency, thickness and sheen of your paint. You can also dilute paint with solvent. A range of brushes and palette knives will expand your mark making ability.

 

What’s the difference between professional, artist and student grade paints?

Professional paint is packed with pigment and a little drying oil; they offer the most vibrant colour, and characteristics can vary noticeably from colour to colour including transparency, staining capacity, tinting strength and drying times.

Artist paint has a little less pigment in the mix but are usually made using very similar processes as professional paint. The characteristics of each pigment are maintained but with less intensity than the professional paints.

Student paint unifies the sheen and drying time so that they’re easier to use. As a result the colour may be a little less vibrant.

 

 

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  • WINSOR & NEWTON WINTON OIL
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  • WINSOR & NEWTON LINSEED STAND OIL
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  • WINSOR & NEWTON COLD PRESSED LINSEED OIL
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  • WINSOR & NEWTON THICKENED LINSEED OIL
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  • WINSOR & NEWTON ARTISTS' MATT VARNISH
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  • WINSOR AND NEWTON GLOSS VARNISH
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  • WINSOR AND NEWTON ARTISAN WATER-MIXABLE THINNER
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  • DALA ARTIST'S STAND OIL
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  • DALA REFINED LINSEED OIL
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  • DALA ARTIST'S OIL PAINTING MEDIUM
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