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Where to start with oil paints, what colours do you need? How do you know the differences between the different makes? There is so much you can learn but a bit of the basic lore may help.

All oil paints are manufactured from pigments, a binder (a type of oil) and in the more student quality paints a filler. Hence the professional and artist quality paints have the best quality pigments, best quality binders and none or a tiny amount of filler. They are more powerful colours and mix together successfully to clear strong secondary colours. Student quality paints have more filler which dilutes the strength of the pigment and when you come to mix the colours the strength of the secondary colours is less true.

The choice of colours is very personal, as a guide a starter set should consist of two yellows - lemon yellow and a stronger cadmium or equivalent; two reds - cadmium red or an equivalent bright red plus an alizarin, madder or cadmium deep red; two blues - cobalt blue and ultramarine (landscape artists like Cerulean for the sky); a few earth colours - yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna and the stronger white Titanium. Greens can be mixed but Terre Verte is useful for landscape and portrait artists.

Beginners Oil Painting Selection Gift Idea for Artists Beginners Oil Painting Selection Gift Idea for Artists offer
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Pegasus Art Supplies Selection: Beginners Oil Painting Set Gift Ideas for Artists! Ever wondered what you need and how to start oil painting?  Chosen and recommended by the artist staff at Pegasus Art this beginners oil painting kit is full of everything you need to get started, with good quality Art Material Brands to give you maximum enjoyment. Oil Painting Materials Included: Art Book: The Oil…
Cobra  Water Mixable Oil Art Starter Set 10x40ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Art Starter Set 10x40ml
£59.95
£44.99
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SPECIAL OFFER IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE ARTIST MAGAZINE 2018 Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Set 10 x 40ml - Starter Value Pack.  Colours included: Titanium White, Permanent Yellow Light, Permanent Orange, Pyrrole Red, Permanent Red Violet Light, Ultramarine, King's Blue, Permanent Green Light, Burnt Sienna, and Ivory Black Cobra Water Mixable is a genuine oil paint. The paint is made on the basis o…
Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colour Set 6 x 20ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colour Set 6 x 20ml
£19.95
£11.50
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Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Set 6 x 20ml - Trial Set Cobra Water Mixable is a genuine oil paint. The paint is made on the basis of drying oils and does not contain any water. An unusual property of this oil, however, is that it can be mixed with water. Very high-quality pigments are used for this product range and the oil colours have the highest degree of lightfastness +++ (at least 100 years l…
Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Primary Colour Set Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Primary Colour Set
£17.95
£8.50
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Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints Primary Colour Mixing Set 5 x 20ml Tubes The perfect way to try out the artist quality Cobra Oil Paints which mix with water not turpentine. No nasty smells, you are able to paint with oils in your art clubs, take on holiday, take to art classes, use in schools and colleges safely - numerous advantages Primary Colours included: 105 Titanium White, 275 Primary Yellow,…
Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Starter Set 5 x 40ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Starter Set 5 x 40ml
£34.95
£26.00
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Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paint Set 5 x 40ml - Starter Set Cobra Water Mixable is a genuine oil paint. The paint is made on the basis of drying oils and does not contain any water. An unusual property of this oil, however, is that it can be mixed with water. Very high-quality pigments are used for this product range and the oil colours have the highest degree of lightfastness +++ (at least 100 years…
Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints - Artist Quality 30 Cobra x 150ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints - Artist Quality 30 Cobra x 150ml
£11.24
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Cobra Water Mixable is a genuine oil paint. The paint is made on the basis of drying oils and does not contain any water. An unusual property of this oil, however, is that it can be mixed with water. The paint can be used in all the usual oil paint techniques. Very high-quality pigments are used for this product range. All colours (70) have the highest degree of lightfastness +++ (at least 100 yea…
Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints - Artist Quality 70 Cobra x 40ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints - Artist Quality 70 Cobra x 40ml
£5.50
£4.40
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Cobra Water Mixable is a genuine oil paint. An unusual property of this oil, however, is that it can be mixed with water. The paint is made on the basis of drying oils and does not contain any water. The paint can be used in all the usual oil paint techniques. Very high-quality pigments are used for this product range. All colours (70) have the highest degree of lightfastness +++ (at least 100 yea…
Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 225ml NEW Professional Range Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 225ml NEW Professional Range
£19.90
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NEW Cranfield Artists' Oil Paints 225ml Tubes 'Made by professionals for professionals' With so much paint making history the skilled artisans at Cranfield have come up with a stunning new oil paint range.  Their skilled artisans use the finest grade pigments and the purest refined oils available to create oil colours that are full of character, luminous and vibrant. Each recipe is as natural and…
Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 40ml NEW Professional Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 40ml NEW Professional
£5.50
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NEW Cranfield Artists' Oil Paints 40ml Tubes 'Made by professionals for professionals' With so much paint making history the skilled artisans at Cranfield have come up with a stunning new oil paint range.  Their skilled artisans use the finest grade pigments and the purest refined oils available to create oil colours that are full of character, luminous and vibrant. Each recipe is as natural and t…
Lukas Studio Introduction Oil Set of 12 x 20ml Basic Palette Colours Lukas Studio Introduction Oil Set of 12 x 20ml Basic Palette Colours
£29.40
£27.00
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The Lukas Studio Introduction Set of twelve colours in 20ml tubes will be welcomed by any aspiring oil painting artist. The Lukas Studio oil range is a great standard oil, better than student grade but not as serious as Old Holland or Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints which we also stock at Pegasus Art. This set of Lukas oil colours will be very suitable for oil painting for beginners or those peop…
Lukas Studio Oil Paint 48 colours 200ml tubes Lukas Studio Oil Paint 48 colours 200ml tubes
£12.48
£10.45
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Semi opaque white - popular for mixing and glazes Lukas Studio Oil Paints available in 48 colours. This is a great standard oil for larger paintings, with a good balance between performance and cost. All colours are the same price, making Lukas Studio Oils exceptional value for money. 200ml tube size ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER! THIS IS THE QUICKEST METHOD TO ORDER MULTIPLES: AD…
Lukas Studio Oil Paint Set - Travel Case Lukas Studio Oil Paint Set - Travel Case
£27.50
£25.50
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Lukas Oil Travel Case Set The perfect oil painting travel companion with 6 colours and 5 short handled brushes. Lukas Studio oil paint is a high quality, student oil colour characterised by its buttery consistency. High colour intensity, gloss and lightfastness. The oil colours dry slowly to a smooth glossy finish and the transparentcy/opacity depends on the shade and pigment. The brushes are resi…
Lukas Studio Oil Paint Starter Set Lukas Studio Oil Paint Starter Set
£13.25
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This Lukas Studio oil paint is a good student quality, with strong pigments and high lightfastness. The finest Bees Wax gives the colour the famous buttery consistency and makes the final work less brittle The oil colours dry slowly to a smooth glossy finish. Contents: 6 x 20ml tubes - Titanium White, Lemon Yellow (Primary), Magenta Red (Primary), Cyan Blue (Primary), Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black plu…
Michael Harding Oil Paints 225ml Tubes Michael Harding Oil Paints 225ml Tubes
£31.80
£25.05
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225ml Tubes Michael Harding Michael Harding's paints are made using techniques which dates back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this arduous process. As an artist and painter he wanted to create colours that are true and vibrant as well as beautiful and durable. The greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading. Fillers are nev…
Michael Harding Oil Paints 40ml Tubes Michael Harding Oil Paints 40ml Tubes
£7.56
£5.67
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Michael Harding Oil Paints - Professional Quality, beautiful to paint with and high pigment load Michael Harding's paints are made using techniques which dates back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this arduous process. As an artist and painter he wanted to create colours that are true and vibrant as well as beautiful and durable. The greater the pigment content of…
Michael Harding Oil Paints Introductory Set Michael Harding Oil Paints Introductory Set
£46.80
£37.00
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Michael Harding Oil Paint Introductory Set 6 x 40ml: Titanium White No 2; Yellow Lake 110; Yellow Ochre 118; Ultramarine 113; Scarlet 205; Burnt Sienna 125 Michael Harding Oil Paints - Professional Quality, beautiful to paint with and high pigment load Michael Harding's paints are made using techniques which dates back to the days of the Old Masters. There is a very simple reason for this arduous…
Old Holland Classic Oils Handpainted Oil Chart Old Holland Classic Oils Handpainted Oil Chart
£15.00
£12.60
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Old Holland Classic Oil Paints - Handpainted Colour  - Chart 168 colours Each colour swatch is 4.5cm length by 1cm A useful tool for oil painters, this comprehensive beautiful colour chart shows all 168 colours in handpainted swatches.  On the back of the chart is all the information you will need concerning the pigment make up of each colour, transparency, lightfastness, drying time and oil conte…
Old Holland Oil Paint - Classic Paint Colours 40mls - 164 Artist Colours Old Holland Oil Paint - Classic Paint Colours 40mls - 164 Artist Colours
£8.24
£6.90
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Old Holland Oil Paint - the premium brand of oil paints Old Holland Classic Oil are manufactured with the finest pigments and binders. These artist colours from Old Holland are professional quality oil packed with pigment and offer excellent covering power. 164 oil paint colours available in the 40ml tube size. There is a hand painted strip of oil paint around the top of each tube of oil paint whi…
Old Holland Oil Paint - Cremnitz White (Lead White) Oil Paint 125ml Old Holland Oil Paint - Cremnitz White (Lead White) Oil Paint 125ml
£48.89
£46.80
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Old Holland Classic Oil Paint - Cremnitz White (Lead White oil paint) 120ml Code A3 PW1 basic lead carbonate, 4 star -opaque, lightfastness - 7/8, drying time - fast, oil content - very low.  Only available for sale to professional artists. Old Holland Paint - the premium brand of oil paints Old Holland Classic Oil are manufactured with the finest pigments and binders. These artist colours from Ol…

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