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|Characteristics of the Artists Oil
Bar Colour Range,
Slim or Original sizes
Oilbar represents the exciting possibility of drawing
directly on the canvas with wet colour. The high level of
pigmentation provides strength and depth of colour, superior
in every way to oil pastels or crayons. Oilbar also has the
physical advantage of producing a dry film, as opposed to oil
pastels, whose binder cannot be fixed, leaving colours to
smudge or pick up extra dirt. Working with Oilbar is
expressive and immediate; nothing comes between the artist and
the surface. Not even a brush.
Spectrum. The 35 colours, including a colourless lender, are
an excellent spectrum for using Oilbar by itself or in
combination with other oil colours. Formulation. The Oilbar
range is formulated with pigment, linseed oil, or safflower
oil with a blend of specially selected waxes. As with all
Winsor & Newton colour products, every colour in the Oilbar
range is individually formulated to take advantage of the
natural characteristics of each pigment and to ensure
stability of the colour.
Viscosity/consistency. Artists Oilbar has a consistency all
its own, making for truly unique, dynamic applications. When
an oil medium is added, Oilbar handles comparably to a tube
Surface sheen. As each pigment requires differing volumes of
oil in formulation, the surface sheen of Oilbar may differ
slightly from colour to colour. The addition of solvent, as
well as the use of additive mediums will alter surface sheen,
Permanence. Artists Oilbar has the same ratings as other
Winsor & Newton artists quality ranges. AA and A rated
colours are recommended as permanent for artists €™ use. Please
refer to the permanence ratings provided on the printed colour
chart and the tube labels.
Drying time. Once on canvas, the colours will become touch dry
in 2 to 7 days. Thorough drying prior to any varnishing is
essential, and should be a minimum of six months in thin films
of colour. Longer periods are necessary for thicker films.
Colourless Oilbar. The Colourless Oilbar is the equivalent of
linseed oil in tube colour, and is used mostly for blending
and glazing colours directly on the canvas. It serves as a
medium in solid form.
Using with traditional oil colour. Oilbar can be used with
both traditional oil colour and Griffin Fast Drying Oil
Colour. Due to the wax content, thick Oilbar films are not
recommended underneath thin oil films. Doing so would
contravene the €fat over lean € rule. Oilbar is also compatible
with all Winsor & Newton oil mediums.
Protection of finished work. Finished artwork made with Oilbar
requires protection from dirt and grime. Ideally, pictures
created with Oilbar should be framed behind glass, as the wax
content can affect varnishing.
Monoprinting. There are a wide variety of applications for
which Oilbar is well suited, and the product has proven to be
particularly popular with printmakers for mono-printing. Oilbar
can be used directly on a glass plate, with or without medium,
for direct transfer to the paper.
Winsor & Newton Liquin is the perfect medium to
speed the drying time of oil colour. It will speed drying by