Please note that Oilbar has now been discontinued.
One of the things you’ll notice before you start to use Oilbar is that a thin film forms on the outer surface of the bar as it dries. Simply wipe this away and underneath you will find fresh, clean oil colour ready to use straight onto a surface. As you put the Oilbar on the surface and apply some pressure, it softens and flows from the bar. The more pressure you use, the more fluid the colour becomes. Once you have stopped using it, the outer film will seal the colour again in around two to five days.
You can safely mix one Oilbar colour with any other Oilbar within the range, and with Artists’ Oil Colour, Winton Oil Colour and Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour.
But remember one of the three rules for oil paintings, “fat over lean” – sometimes known as “flexible over inflexible”. This means that using Oilbar underneath thin oil films is not recommended, as the thinner upper layers may crack.
Oilbar is also compatible with all Winsor & Newton oil mediums.