Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paint is genuine artists’ quality paint with easy water clean-up.
Real Oil Paints
Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints have the buttery, creamy brush-feel and rich appearance of classic oil colour but without the toxic fumes of solvents and tedious clean up.
Made with the same formula and high quality pigments used in the Daniel Smith Classic Oil Colours (which we will have at Jackson’s in the next couple of weeks). The only difference is the use of Water Soluble Modified Linseed Oil to make the paints. You can use the Water Soluble Modified Linseed Oil to thin these paints on your palette or up to 20% water to thin the paints but they will dry more matt. You can paint on the same surfaces you would with traditional oils and when fully cured, they are indistinguishable from traditional oils. Their colour strength is outstanding, even when mixed with Titanium White. Available in 43 colours in 37ml tubes plus a 150ml Titanium White and six painting mediums.
An Easier Way to Clean Up
Traditionally artists who wished to avoid the toxic fumes from minerals spirits and other solvents will clean their oil brushes with safflower oil instead of solvents. With water soluble oils to clean your brushes between colours and at the end of a painting session simply rinse the oil paint out of the brush with plain water.
Water Soluble Oils are Safer and Easier
Artists who have given up oil painting because of issues with solvents will be able to use oils again. Also great for use in spaces that do not have adequate ventilation for solvent fumes, or in shared workshop spaces. Since you can’t travel most of the times with solvent these are great for travelling, you only need to use water.
Painting Mediums for Water Soluble Oils
These are special Painting Mediums for Water Soluble Oils that you can use to mix with the paint instead of water and then only use the water to clean up. The benefit of using the mediums is that the mixture of paint on your palette remains the same for hours as you paint, whereas if you use water to thin the paint it will evaporate on your palette and the paint thickens up during your painting session. Daniel Smith make six Water Soluble painting mediums, five in bottle and one in a tube: Water Soluble Modified Linseed Oil, Transparent Blender, Safflower Oil , Painting Medium, Fast Drying Linseed Oil, Fast Drying Painting Medium.
Drying and Varnishing
Aqua oils dry in two stages: the water evaporates and then what is left is similar to conventional oils and dries by oxidation at a similar rate to conventional oils. Just like conventional oils you still need to remember the fat over lean rule, you still need to let the painting dry completely (often 6 months) before you varnish with regular picture varnish for protection, you cannot mix with acrylic but can paint over acrylic. You can mix aqua oils with regular oils but as you add more you will lose the ability to clean up without solvent.
Daniel Smith tests their paints by placing samples in a Xenon Fadeometer which exposes paint to the equivalent of 100 years of sunlight in ten days. Artists can rely on 42 of the Water Soluble Oil Colours to remain virtually unchanged for over a century.
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