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Winton Oil Colour

A high quality yet economical oil colour for artists working with high volumes of colour.

Range Introduction

Winton is a traditional range of oil colours, made from moderately priced pigments, formulated for student and amateur artists or more accomplished painters requiring large volumes of colour within moderate cost limits.  

The application of traditional skills and modern colour chemistry techniques has resulted in a range of 47 carefully selected Winton Oil Colours including genuine cadmiums and cobalt, which are of excellent quality.

Click on the headings below to discover more about the qualities of Winton Oil Colour.

Sizes available
Formulation
Pigment loading/tinting strength
Single Pigments
Viscosity/consistency
Transparency/ Opacity

  Surface sheen
Permanence
Drying time
Whites in the Range 
Upgrading your colour

You can also view all of the colours in this range by going to our colour chart.


Sizes available

The full range of 47 colours are available in 37ml tubes. The full range is also available in 200ml tubes.   

Sizes available for Winton oil colourSizes of Winton Oil Colour

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Formulation

As with Artists' Oil Colour, every colour in the Winton range is individually formulated to take advantage of the natural characteristics of each pigment and to ensure the stability of the colour.

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Pigment loading/tinting strength 

A high level of pigmentation provides good covering power and tinting strength. While it can't match the superior pigment load of Artists' Oil Colour, the Winton range is much stronger than many other artists' quality ranges.

The economical cost has been achieved through the use of moderately priced pigments rather than lessening the pigment content to an unacceptable level. Winsor & Newton formulation, manufacture and quality control ensure a product of absolute excellence.

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Single Pigments 

We 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 artist's available spectrum.

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Viscosity/consistency 

The Winton range has a more uniform consistency than Artists' Oil Colour and is slightly stiffer. It offers excellent retention of brush and palette knife strokes.

Viscous winton colourViscous colour

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Transparency & Opacity

Pigments vary in their transparency by nature. On the Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colour chart and individual colour pages of this site, the transparent colours are marked with  or T, the semi-transparent colours are marked  or ST. The relatively semiopaque colours are marked with  or SO and the opaque colours are marked with  or O.

Remember that the level of transparency of a colour is relative to other colours. Transparent colours are used for glazing and tinting, providing optical colour mixtures and depth of colour to the painting surface. Opaque colours cover well, give flat areas of colour and obscure/mask the underlayers of the painting.

Winton Oil Colour is formulated to reflect the characteristics of each of the various pigments, ensuring that synthetic organics such as Phthalocyanines and Quinacridones [ie. "Winsor" or "Permanent colours"] deliver maximum transparency, whilst Cadmiums and Earth colours offer excellent opacity.

OpaqueOpaque   Transparent

   

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Surface sheen

As with the Artists' Oil Colour range, the surface sheen of Winton is largely due to the pigment used. The level of gloss will therefore vary, although Winton is more uniform across the range.

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Permanence

Wherever possible, the most permanent pigments have been selected for use with the Winton range. The formulation and manufacturing process ensure that the product will remain stable within the tube as well as offer the most permanent paint film possible (when applied appropriately).

All Winton colours are either AA and A rated and are recommended as permanent for artists' use. Please refer to the permanence ratings provided on the colour chart, composition and permanence table and the tube labels.

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Drying time 

All colours will become touch dry in 2-12 days. The different drying rates are due to the different reaction of each pigment when mixed with oil.

Winsor & Newton formulate colours to optimise drying rates, helping artists to avoid the problems of slow drying underlayers. However, the following list is a guide to the likely variations:

Fast drying (around 2 days):
Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna, Umbers.

Medium Drying (around 5 days):
Phthalo Blue and Viridian Hue (phthalocyanines), Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blues, Synthetic Iron Oxides, Ochres, Titanium White, Zinc White, Lamp Black, Ivory Black.

Slow Drying (more than 5 days): Cadmium Hues (arylamides), Permanent Rose (Quinacridone), Alizarin Crimson Hue.

 

As with all oil paintings, to avoid yellowing of the oil, paintings should not be allowed to dry in places with continuous darkness or high humidity.

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Whites in Range 

The choice of whites in Winton Oil Colour ensure that artists have the widest possible selection, as in every other part of the spectrum.

Painting Whites
White is the most used colour. The four whites in Winton Oil Colour offer different working characteristics to the painter.

Titanium White
The most popular modern white. It is the whitest, most opaque white.

Flake White Hue
A less hazardous alternative to the traditional lead based white. This colour has been formulated to match the tinting strength and consistency of the original Flake White.

Zinc White
The least opaque white, making it ideal for tints and glazing.

Soft Mixing White
A titanium based white with the softest consistency. It has lower tinting strength than Titanium White.

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Upgrading to Artists' Oil Colour

Oil colour relies upon the variable characteristics of the pigments used in each colour in order to achieve results.  Therefore, being able to choose from the widest possible range of pigments means that you have greater choice and flexibility to develop your work and technique.

Upgrading to our Artists' Oil Colour range means that you will have a much wider and balanced spectrum of colours to choose from, giving you the widest choice of pigments as well as unparalleled brilliance of colour and transparency. 
Find out more about Artists' Oil Colour.

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