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    What is the replacement for Wingel?

    The nearest product to Wingel in the current Winsor & Newton range is Liquin Light Gel. Now discontinued, Wingel was a little difficult to break down and to mix smoothly with colours and for this reason...

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    What does acrylic 'colour shift' mean?

    Acrylic paints usually darken in tone as they dry, making colour matching difficult, so artists have to remember to allow for this when mixing wet colours. This is known as ‘colour shift’ and is due to...

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    What are the primary colours in Winsor & Newton Acrylics ranges?

    The list below outlines primary colours for 3 and 6 colour mixing systems in the Winsor & Newton acrylic ranges. As a guide, we also recommend that you choose transparent colours for colour mixing to ensure clean mixes.

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    Protecting a Gouache painting

    Varnishing a gouache painting should be avoided because the varnish drastically affects the depth, darkness and finish of the work. Should anyone want to retouch the painting again at some point in the future...

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    Keeping solvent odours to a minimum in oil painting

    Despite the smelly nature of solvents it is possible to reduce this odour in your studio or workspace; for a low-odour option, you can use Winsor & Newton Sansodor during painting. If you are looking for a low-odour solvent...

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    Intermixability of Drawing Inks

    All colours in the range of Drawing Inks are intermixable, however Gold and Silver should be added to other inks in small quantities to avoid thickening. In addition, mixtures of Gold and Silver should not be stored as they...

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    How to tell if your oil painting is dry

    Dip a lint-free rag in solvent such as Winsor & Newton Artists' White Spirit, and rub gently on the painting surface. If colour shows, additional drying time is needed. If not, your painting is ready to be varnished.

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    How to rescue tubes of solidified water colour

    If colour has solidified in your water colour tube, it is not possible to return it to its liquid form however, it can be used as a type of pan colour. It will not perform as well as our Artists' Water Colour...

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    How to remove varnish from an oil painting

    It would be a tragedy to damage a valuable painting by trying to remove the varnish if you have not had any experience in varnish removal. The best advice is simply to take it to a conservator.