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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 oil colour.

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, as well.

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 approximately 50%.
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