Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paint

Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Paint

(♪♪♪) Winsor & Newton
Water Mixable Oil Colours perform just like
conventional oil colours except you can use water
to clean them up. The reason you can do that is
because it’s been chemically modified
to be able to accept the water for cleanup. It’s still in these
tubes of paint, just pigment and linseed oil, so you can still
go through all the techniques that you normally would, but the great thing
about it is if you have some sort of
sensitivity to solvents or you just want
the ease of cleanup, or like myself I go out and paint in
landscape sometimes, I don’t want to have to
take solvent with me. This is a great way
to avoid that and move forward
with your oil painting, and they also dry
by oxidation just like
conventional oil colours. That means that the paint
needs to come into contact with air to lock into place
and form a stable paint film, so you want to make sure
that you don’t thin out your paint with too much
water or too much thinner because it’s going to
separate the pigment there, too far apart, and it can lead to
cracking and instability, and in the same way
you don’t want to add too much oil to the mix either. Too much oil in your mediums
is going to cause the paint to bind up in
what we call alligatoring. It’s also not stable and it
doesn’t look too good either, so you want to
be careful with that. now there’s 11 mediums
in the range. Two of them I have here though
are the more popular ones, Linseed Oil, and Stand Oil. I’m going to use a little bit
of Stand Oil right now. Pour some of this
on the palette. It’s got a very
honey-like consistency. I like Stand Oil. It’s a little bit more yellowing
than the Linseed Oil, both will provide a gloss,
both will improve flow. I’m going to take a little bit
of the Ultramarine here, and you want to use only
as much oil as you need, only as much medium as you
need to get the paint to flow. Again, you don’t
want to use too much. And look at that,
it just gets it to flow, but it’s got a nice
nice feel to it. The brush strokes
level nicely so if I want to
use it for glazing, that’s wonderful, and that’s one of the things
that I always liked about it is it’s got
a great feel to it, you really need to feel it
to see what’s happening, and I’m going to take
water here of course, and clean that up. Wipe off my paintbrush,
just a little bit more, and I can do that, and I also have
thinner here too. You might wonder well, why would
I need an artistan thinner, a water mixable thinner
if Ive got water, it seems to not
make any sense, but there’s
a good reason for that. Water evaporates more
quickly than the thinner does, so you’ll have longer
open working time with that, and also what’s
going to happen is when you introduce water into the paint film,
light refracts off of water differently than
other surfaces, and what’s going to happen, it’s going to appear
a little bit lighter than straight out of the tube
without water in that, but that’s okay. It’s going to evaporate, the water’s going to
evaporate from the paint film in about a week or two
and it’s going to return back its normal colour
and it’s normal sheen, so you don’t have to
worry about that, but it’s just something
to be aware of. And we’ve also got
varnishes over here, so you can go through
the whole entire process of painting through varnishing with water cleanup and we’ve got
a Matt, a Satin, and a Gloss finish
over there and you’ll notice that the Matt
and the Satin look a little bit cloudy. That’s ’cause they have
matting agents in them to knock down the sheen,
knock down the gloss, so you want to stir them up
before you apply them to your paint film, and the reason you don’t
want to shake them– be careful of that– is because you can introduce
bubbles to the paint film, that’s not good for
your varnish layer, and the really important
thing with varnishing, you still need to wait
6-12 months to varnish the painting. Again, it’s like
a conventional oil, except you have the ability
to clean up with water, so again, it’s a wonderful
thing to be able to do, it’s easy, works nicely, and you can avoid
the solvents if that’s something
that you want to do. And also, brushes. Keep in mind that if you’re
going to use a brush with this, or when you use
a brush with this, you want to use
a synthetic brush. Hog hair or natural hair, when it comes into
contact with water, it’s sort of like
your own hair. Too much humidity
gives you a bad hair day, you can have a bad hair day
for your brush as well, so when you use a synthetic,
they’re more apt to handle water better
and not lose their shape. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast


  • Carver Shivers says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  • aayylala says:

    awesome video

  • c2mz says:

    Like this dude better than anyone else that does these videos

  • Stefani Vance-Patience says:

    Thanks for the tips! Love my paints!

  • Paul Pellicci says:

    too many if's, oop's and waiting

  • StrongHeartLives says:

    Can you make your own water mixable oils by mixing dry pigments with water mixable linseed oil?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @deblovetrains For all water soluble oil paints it is best to use a water soluble oil painting medium to thin your paints rather than using water. A tiny bit of water is okay – however, if you use too much water, or too much paint medium for that matter, it will thin out the paint binder too much reducing the integrity of the paint. It is best to use water for cleaning and stick to mediums for changing the consistency of your paint slightly.

  • Gabrielle D. says:

    Im wondering is the paint that you are mixing into the the oil(?) acrylic or oil paint? im new to this all

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @PtdInc1933 The Water Mixable Oil Paint is still an oil paint and should only be mixed with itself or other oil paints – never acrylic.

  • Up and coming artists says:

    @PtdInc1933 well like he say at the being it oil paint.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @AlyaaGad Thank you for your question and comment. There are many different grades of linseed oil: Oil that you would consume is not processed in the same way as oil you would use for art or other purposes – and one is not appropriate for the other. It is likely that food grade oil will go rancid over time and ruin your artwork.

  • Jeremy Secora says:

    So if oil paint oxidizes, could you in theory, put it in an oxygen chamber to make it dry faster?

  • Kay Chutaprutikorn says:

    yes! I think he's the best presenter too. Very charismatic, very enthusiastic and he speaks very clearly!

  • sandrinesgallery says:

    This is a great video, thank you.
    I just bought a set of those, and did my first painting tonight. They are terrific, I really like them.
    I do have a question though. Are they supposed to smell strongly like fish, or did I get a bad batch?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    Hi and thanks for your comment. With regard to the paint smell, please make sure to contact our Product Information experts by email at: info @ dickblick . com or toll free call 1-800-933-2546. Our team of experts can assist you.

  • itchcitizen2 says:

    I tried Royal Talens Cobra today and I'm so impressed ! Cobra Cad yellow, best i have ever used.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    If you are working with both regular oil paint and W&N Mixable it is importnant to not mix more than 30% regular oil paint into the water mixable paint or it will no longer have the water soluable properties. If you are not concerned about it being water soluable and will be using solvent for cleaning your brushes, the paints can be mixed at any ratio.

  • Suwong Mano says:

    Device name to do art on sale. I had to do.

  • Jamie Gaviola says:

    Wonderful!!! I wouldn't paint in oil without these!
    thank you for sharing!

  • Melissa Wilson says:

    I have tried painting plexi with oil paints, but don't like smell and clean-up. Because this has a water component, do you think I could paint on plexi with this?

    (I am able to paint plexi in acrylic only if fully opaque and in enamel – don't give the effect of translucency that I am going for.) Thank you!

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    For assistance with this project it is best to contact our Product Information experts at Blick. They can provide best advice and suggestions about what materials to use and how to use them to achieve the results you are looking for. You can contact them by emai at info @ dickblick . com or you can call toll free at 1-800-933-2542.

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  • MrMrgeisha says:

    Do I have to use stand oil or linseed oil with these paints? Can't I just use water as a medium to make the paint more fluid?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    Water breaks down the integrity of the paint so it is recommended to use oil to thin the consistency.



  • gavin chai says:

    I was from Malaysia.

  • ace Grandison says:

    Hi, good vid, I've been using these for a while and am just wondering if you have any tips regarding which medium to use for oiling out and how to apply it.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    For oiling out the water mixable oils, we recommend using the Artisan Water Mixable Painting Medium and a clean cloth.  Rub the medium into the dull/sunken areas and allow to dry for one to two days.  Repeat as necessary until the sheen is to your liking.  For more information, feel free to contact our Product Experts at or 1-800-933-2542.

  • zalo813 says:

    I'm gonna look into this product. I absolutely hate the smell of turpentine and the cleaning process.

  • Comrade Morlac says:

    Finally a short, informative video on youtube. Great! Thanks!

  • Cleetus S says:

    you didn't show how to mix water with oils to paint in this demo. Or am i missing something?

  • Sheryl Ketchum says:

    if you want to do a wet on wet technique, what would I use?  just spray water on the canvas ?  I'm confused.

  • remainingembers says:

    Aw i thought I could just use water to paint with them, since that is what my art professor told me….? Would just using water alone work? Guess I'll grab some of that other stuff then I suppose, either way.

  • Moonflower says:

    Can I use normal linseed oil as medium with the water-mixable oil paint?

  • Melissa Lee says:

    I am painting in a small apartment so I can't use regular oils. I have some WN water mixable oil but haven't used them. Do the thinners smell at all? Thanks!

  • Barbara Jarreau says:

    Did I understand you correctly that you have to wait 6 months to a year before you can varnish a painting when you use the WMO's?

  • Gayle Thompson says:

    I am 66 yrs old and haven't painted since I was 18 yrs old! Now I am finally ready to begin again! However,so many new products! Thank you for mentioning the tips about brushes at the end of this clip! That's just one thing I have been researching and the selection is overwhelming! Now I know to buy synthetic as I did purchase these W&N water soluble paints…huge piece of advice, u gave. Now what about gesso and gamsol? What's your recommendation ?thanks in advance.

  • GekkO says:

    On my canvas can I use these oils with the classic ones or I cannot mix them?

  • msGvious says:

    Thanks for sharing … useful 🙂

  • Karen Spooner says:

    Can I use wn drying linseed oil with these , or do you have to get the artisan oil ..

  • Laurel Schmitz says:

    Can you buy the liquins and use for glazing likes the Masters…I know they painted layers of glazes and I'd like to do that but I have respiratory problems and can only use the water soluble paint.
    and why do you have to wait 6 months to varnish?

  • Lily Raimey says:

    So how do you remove the linseed-oil from the brush? Can you use soapy water like with the actual paints?

  • Art Intelligence says:

    I use Windsor and Newton to my art work in many cases and find it extraordinary. I found intelligent to read the labels and watch this videos to properly use Windsor & Newton oil paints. ,

  • natureboy tom says:

    too easy mate.. thank You!

  • General3 says:

    I have several questions on Water Mixable Oil Paint (WMOP) and I am sure that there are other artists seeking answers. They are:
    1. 1a) What percent (by volume) of the chemical is added to each tube to make it WMOP and 1b) is water ever added by the manufacture?
    2. Is a painting that has WMOP have a shortened longevity (in years) over a conventual oil painting and where water is not added as a thinning medium?

  • Radiant Jasmin says:

    Thanks, great tip about the brushes, as I have some of these paints and will use my synthetics.

  • Gianluca P. says:

    Great video. Do I have to use stand oil or linseed oil with these paints?

  • Art Addict says:

    man I want that winsor and newton brush jar screw the paint, lol!!!!

  • Kevin Geaney says:

    Gale, I'm 69 and never painted before and I have just finished my first painting ( using W.M. oil paint ) and I'm very encouraged. So go for it girl!

  • Chase Sutherland says:

    I may have to try these out next time I need more oil paints. I absolutely hate the clean up of traditional oil paints, with the paint thinner and needing to be in a well ventilated area, having to go outside and spending time cleaning my brushes in a special container (usually my trash can) Not to mention disposing of the paint thinner when I'm done with it. I would much rather use water to clean it up.

  • Anders Gullberg says:

    I too use Winsor & Newton water mixable oil paint when i paint laser cut buildings made of paper board and wood. However i believe by use thinner by mix out the color intense. It´s all matter by try out the effect. Also by use with the water. I also mix the color to get another color.

  • HeatherWrightArt says:

    Thank you, very informative!

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