Artisan Oil Colours is a genuine oil colour, made from linseed and safflower oils that have been modified to create a stable, workable emulsion when water is added. With Artisans, the artist can thin the colour and clean up with water rather than solvents such as turpentine or white spirit (mineral spirits). The colour has been formulated to appear and work just like conventional oil colour. The depth of colour, buttery consistency, lightfastness, opacity/transparency, performance and drying times are all comparable to conventional oils, allowing the artist to cultivate all of the fundamental qualities that come with working with conventional oils. is an oil colour, and should not be thought of otherwise. The modified linseed and safflower oils accept water as a solvent. With that exception, the modified oil vehicles function like a conventional oil, accepting water as a diluent in much the same way as linseed oil accepts white (mineral) spirit, and then forming a stable film through oxidation.