Combined with over 170 years of manufacturing and quality control expertise, the formulation of Artists Oil Colour ensures the best raw materials are made into the Worlds Finest Colours.
Our quality standards include the use of single pigments wherever possible to create individual colours. Combined with strength of colour, single pigments provide a wide colour range in themselves and offer cleaner, brighter mixtures with an infinite range of hues. This is particularly important for greens, violets and oranges. Single pigment secondaries considerably broaden the artists available spectrum. There are 80 single pigment colours in the range.
The buttery consistency of Artists Oil Colour, together with the smell of linseed oil, are the two characteristics most admired by oil painters. These qualities are unbeaten by other media. The stiff consistency of Winsor & Newton colours can retain brush or palette knife marks or it can be thinned to the very finest of glazes.
The three primary colours in the Artists Oil Colour range are Transparent Yellow, Winsor Blue [Red Shade] and Permanent Rose. These colours are the best selection when only three colours are used. We recommend Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow, French Ultramarine, Winsor Blue [Green Shade], Permanent Rose and Cadmium Red when using a six colour mixing system
The long drying time of Artists Oil Colour is also a key feature of oil painting. The colour remains soft and wet for a few days and therefore allows corrections to be made from day to day. All colours will become touch dry in thin films in 2-12 days. The different reaction of each pigment when mixed with oil results in the different drying rates. Each colour is individually formulated to optimise its drying rate, which helps artists to avoid the problems of slow drying underlayers. However, the following list is a guide to the likely variations
Fast Drying [around two days]:
Permanent Mauve [manganese], Cobalt Blues,Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna, Umbers, Flake, Foundation and Cremnitz Whites [lead].
Medium drying [around five days]:
Winsor™ Blues and Greens [phthalocyanines], Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Violet and Greens, Ultramarine Blues, Mars colours [synthetic iron oxides], SapGreen, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ochres, Cadmiums, Titanium White, Zinc White, Lamp Black, Ivory Black, Pyrrols, Bismuth Yellow, Perylenes.
Slow drying [more than five days]:
Winsor Yellows (arylides) and Orange, Quinacridones, Alizarin Crimson.
Winsor & Newton Liquin™ is the perfect medium to speed the drying time of oil colour. It will speed drying by approximately 50%.