Did you get paints for Christmas? What's your preferred medium?

I did. It isn’t the first time either. This time I requested Winsor and Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours. I would be interested to hear if any of you have used them and what you think?

I have slowly been collecting convential oil paints too but as I paint on the kitchen table didn’t want to make the whole area smell of white spirit. Not needing to use solvents for mixing and for cleaning brushes attracted me

So far I have used acrylics but want to branch out into oils this year. I have tried oils a few times and have been amazed by their ability to mix so well…whereas as soon as the acrylic hits the canvas it dries on a warm day almost instantly. This often means that a use a ‘dry brush’ technique with acrylics to blend colours, sometimes I work with a small sponge too

So is it impossible to tell the difference between these water mixable oil colours and traditional ones? All the colours are rated as permanent for lightfastness, some of course are transparent or semi-transparent, others opaque or semi-opaque. There are 40 colours in the range, I have only a fraction of them at the mo.
Artisan mediums can be mixed with them to thin, help in fast-drying and work in impasto

I will post again on here when I have tried them out and let you know how I find them.
I have heaps to learn about mediums and if you have a particular favourite I’ll like to know what it is and why? I have seen a great variety of them used by artists on RedBubble…watercolours, pen and ink, pastels, oil crayons, coloured pencils etc… They can be used alone or in combination with each other to achieve some marvellous effects.

Happy creating to all.

By the way I sold 5 paintings in my first solo exhibition which finished a few weeks ago and was very happy with that. Now it is time to think about the next one.


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