Water mixable Oil Paints

Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, especially when it comes to oil painting but thanks to recent developments, water based oil paints are now possible. This exciting new art technology acts similarly to traditional oil paints, in the sense that you still have to use the traditional rule of gradation of layers, e.g. fat over lean. 

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  1. Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colour Gift Set

    RRP: £72.40 £39.95

  2. Cobra Artist Watermixable Oil Colour

    From £3.95

    From £0.07 per ml

    Available in 67 colours
     & 2 sizes
  3. Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour Beginners Set

    RRP: £32.55 £28.50

    From £0.10 per ml

  4. Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour

    From £4.95

    Available in 40 colours
     & 2 sizes
  5. Daler Rowney Georgian Water Mixable Oil 20ml Set of 10

    RRP: £28.90 £22.95

    From £0.12 per ml

  6. Cobra Watermixable Glazing Medium 75ml

    RRP: £7.71 £7.50

    From £0.08 per ml

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  7. Schmincke Hilfsmittel Medium W 60ml

    RRP: £10.49 £8.95

    From £0.15 per ml

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  8. Cobra Watermixable Painting Medium 75ml

    RRP: £6.57 £4.95

    From £0.07 per ml

Water mixable Oil Paints

However, unlike traditional oil paints and techniques water mixable, or water miscible oil paint as it’s also known as, handles differently depending on the application. For example, it starts to feel and behave like a watercolour when heavily thinned with water, allowing you greater freedom to play around and explore different painting styles.

At the other end of the scale, when used as a short paste without water for heavy impasto work for example, it tends to develop a consistency that is tackier than a normal oil painting would do, giving you more options to experiment with texture and style. In between the two extremes, water soluble oil paints tend to act like gouache, sharing the properties of both transparent watercolour and opaque oil paintings.

As such, this new medium is an exciting addition to traditional techniques and styles of oil painting and will help you progress along your art journey, regardless of whether you are a newcomer to the art scene and are just starting out on your journey, or if you’re a seasoned pro who is used to painting with oil. We stock all the best brands, from Winsor & Newton to Daler Rowney, Cobra and Schmincke.