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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.

Cobra  Water Mixable Oil Art Starter Set 10x40ml Cobra Water Mixable Oil Art Starter Set 10x40ml
£59.95
£44.99
Available to order
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
£15.70
2 in stock
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
£19.95
£14.10
5 in stock
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
1 in stock
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
£13.80
£11.24
In stock
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
In stock
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 Professional Range Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 225ml Professional Range
£28.80
£21.60
In stock
NEW Cranfield Artists' Oil Paints 225ml Tubes 'Made by professionals for professionals' Pegasus Art keep good stocks of Cranfield Artists' oils and we also have a weekly delivery.  If for some reason there is a delay to your order we will contact you. 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 th…
Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 40ml Professional Range Cranfield Artists Oil Colours 40ml Professional Range
£7.20
£5.50
In stock
NEW Cranfield Artists' Oil Paints 40ml Tubes 'Made by professionals for professionals' Pegasus Art keep good stocks of Cranfield Artists' oils and we also have a weekly delivery.  If for some reason there is a delay to your order we will contact you. 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…
Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paint - Fast Drying Titanium White Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paint - Fast Drying Titanium White
£4.80
In stock
Quick Dry Titanium White Oil Paint This fast dring oil paint has the same formulation as Spectrum Studio Oil Titanium White but with some extra driers added to speed up dry times. This Quick Dry Titanium White will start to dry (i.e. feel tacky to the touch) in about 18-24 hours and be touch dry in about 2-3 days in warm dry summertime. Note the fast drying oil paint will be a little slower in col…
Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 1 Litre tins Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 1 Litre tins
£60.90
Available to order
PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY FOR LARGER SIZES Spectrum Studio Oil Colours are a great choice for Professional Artists, students and beginners. The manufacturers of Spectrum paints take exceptional care with quality and consistency, testing every batch of paint. The Spectrum Studio oil paint is made using the three roller system,finely grinding and mixing until a glossy smooth consistency is a…
Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 2.5 Litre Tins Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 2.5 Litre Tins
£145.26
Available to order
PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY FOR LARGER SIZES Spectrum Studio Oil Colours are a great choice for Professional Artists, students and beginners. The manufacturers of Spectrum paints take exceptional care with quality and consistency, testing every batch of paint. The Spectrum Studio oil paint is made using the three roller system,finely grinding and mixing until a glossy smooth consistency is a…
Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 225ml Tubes Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 225ml Tubes
£13.50
In stock
Spectrum Oil Colours are a great choice for professional artists,students and beginners. In the last year all Spectrum Studio Oil colours have been re-formulated and upgraded to a high specification in terms of pigment load and mix. The manufacturer of Spectrum oil paints take exceptional care with quality and consistency, testing every batch of paint. This artists oil is made using the three roll…
Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 60ml Tubes Cranfield Spectrum Studio Oil Paints 60ml Tubes
£4.80
In stock
Spectrum Studio Oil Colours are a great choice for Professional Artists, students and beginners. The manufacturers of Spectrum paints take exceptional care with quality and consistency, testing every batch of paint. The Spectrum Studio oil paint is made using the three roller system,finely grinding and mixing until a glossy smooth consistency is achieved. The resulting oil paint is excellent value…
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
£27.50
4 in stock
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
£11.95
£10.45
In stock
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
2 in stock
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
Out of stock
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
In stock
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
In stock
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…

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