The Oilbar range is formulated with pigment, linseed oil, or safflower oil with specially selected wax. 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 the stability of the colour.
Winsor & Newton use single pigments wherever possible to create individual colours. Combined with strength of colour, single pigments provide a wide colour range in themselves and offer cleaner, brighter mixtures with infinite hues. This is particularly important for violets, greens and oranges. Single pigment 'secondaries' considerably broaden the artists' available spectrum.
As the cost of the pigments used varies, so does the price charged for the colour. Colours are grouped into 4'series', the higher the series number, the higher the price. You can find the series number both on the colour chart and on the bar.
Pigments vary in their transparency by nature. On the Winsor & Newton Oilbar Colour chart and individual colour pages of this site, the transparent colours are marked withor T, the semi-transparent colours are markedor ST. The relatively semi-opaque colours are marked withor SOand the opaque colours are marked withor O.
Artists' Oilbar has a consistency all of its own, making for truly unique, dynamic applications. When an oil medium is added, Oilbar handles comparably to tube colour consistency. When softened and blended, it moves freely and mixes well with other colours, whether Oilbar or tube oil colour.
As each pigment requires different 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.
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 product labels.
Once on the canvas, the colours will become touch dry in 2 to 7 days.
This is the equivalent of linseed oil in traditional oil colour, and is mostly used 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 Alkyd 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.