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Developed by Holbein to offer the same high pigment quality and archival characteristics of Holbein's Artists' Oil line while allowing soap-and-water cleanup, Duo Aqua Oils are characterized by rich hues, high chroma, excellent resistance to light, and 17 "Elite" colors that contain heavy metal pigments such as quinacridones, cadmiums and cobalts.
Holbein Duo Aqua Oil Colors can be diluted with water, which creates a "melting" effect. A unique surface active agent helps them dry faster than traditional oils, allowing work to be completed in a shorter period of time.
Holbein Duo Aqua Oils can be mixed with acrylics, watercolors, gouache, and oils, to create a variety of effects and make possible a variety of techniques. They can even be mixed with metallic and pearlescent watercolors to create colors that do not normally exist in oil color palettes. Duo Aqua Oil Colors are no longer watersoluble when mixed with more than 30% traditional oil color.
Because they clean up with soap and water instead of harsh solvents, Duo Aqua Oil Colors are safer than traditional oils for use in the studio or classroom.
Note — Holbein's five "Luminous" colors should not be considered permanent. They will degrade with exposure to ultraviolet light. The lifespan of such works can be expanded greatly if they are shielded from ultraviolet light.
Assorted Set of 12
This set contains 11 colors in 20 ml (.68 oz) tubes, including Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Vermilion Hue, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Cadmium Green Light Hue, Cadmium Green Hue, Ultramarine Light, Cobalt Blue Hue, Burnt Sienna, and Ivory Black. The set also includes a 50 ml (1.69 oz) tube of Permanent White.
Color and Linseed Oil Set
This set contains 10 Duo colors in 10 ml (.34 oz) tubes including Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Vermilion Hue, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Cadmium Green Light Hue, Cadmium Green Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, and Permanent White, plus a 40 ml (1.4 oz) bottle of Duo Water Soluble Linseed Oil, which increases transparency and gloss while still allowing for soap-and-water cleanup.
Color and Quick Drying Medium Set
This set offers the artist a wide-ranging palette of 18 Duo colors in 20 ml (.68 oz) tubes including Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Vermilion Hue, Jaune Brilliant, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Viridian Hue, Cadmium Green Light Hue, Cadmium Green Hue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Ultramarine Light, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Mauve, Burnt Umber, and Burnt Sienna, plus a 50 ml tube of Permanent White. Also included is a 50 ml (1.69 oz) tube of Quick Drying Medium Gloss Paste, which adds body and imparts a transparent gloss finish while dramatically accelerating drying time.
A great choice for plein air painting, this set contains 10 Duo colors in 10 ml (.34 oz) tubes including Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Vermillion Hue, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Cadmium Green Light Hue, Cadmium Green Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, and Permanent White.
Traditional pigment paints, including real cadmiums and cobalts, are brought together in this set of 12 Duo colors including Spinel Black, Anthraquinone Red, Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre Natural, Cadmium Yellow, Phthalo Green, Cadmium Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Deep, Phthalo Blue, and Imadazalone Brown in 20 ml (.68 oz) tubes, plus a 50 ml (1.69 oz) tube of Permanent White.
If you're curious about trying Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils, this set is a great way to start. It contains 12 colors in 10 ml (.34 oz) tubes including Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Vermilion Hue, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Green Light Hue, Cadmium Green Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Ultramarine Light, Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, and Permanent White.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Comments about Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils:
I enjoy painting and traveling with these water=soluble oils.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Holbein Duo Aqua
By Prairie Painter
from Rural Iowa
I've been using water miscible oils for over 20 years now - had only one choice in the beginning (brand-wise)- the Holbein Duo Aqua has bee a good addition and would recommend!
The best water soluble oil paint
By Rainee the painter
from Miami, Florida
I have tried many different brands, this one is my favorite!
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Holbein Duo Aqua Water soluable oils are great
from Somers Point, NJ
Checked around and found that Blick's had the best prices and all the colors I was looking for. I use water soluble oils all the time and Duo Aqua are the best. They work just like oils without all the chemicals which I am allergic to. They go on smooth or impasto, whatever way you want. I love them!
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The Shade tree
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Best water soluable oils on the market!
from Gainesville, VA
These oils are somewhat pricey but they go a long way.
The best kept secret
By Face painter
from Chatham, Louisiana
Aqua oils are a perfect medium to work with because of the easy of clean up, the buttery feels of the paint as it goes on, and the fact that you can use acrylicsa right along with them.
from Gainesville, FL
I have never used water soluble oils before and am getting used to them. Some of the colors in the set are more pigment-dense than others and some dry faster than others. Over all, they handle much like traditional oil paint but do dry faster - not as fast as acrylics, though
Loving my new paints
from Marshall, VA
This paint is excellent when it comes to doing finger painting. The colors are vibrant, making my art work stand out.
Im just loving these Hobein Aqua Duo's so much! they are so easy to work with, and such amazing depth of color. I was particularly impressed with Blick's service in sending them internationally to me, a smooth and easy transaction, thank so much!
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from Loveland, CO
These are fairly nice overall, but need some re-designing of handling characteristics: First, if the paint sits on the palette overnight it has a tendency to gum up and become unusable. If it's a thick pile of paint the outside areas will gum up first. If the paint had any water in it, like thinner areas on the palette they will be dry and unusable. So you can't put much paint on the palette and let it sit like regular oils, it gets wasted. Second, I work watery in the beginning, then go thicker, which is normal and correct for longevity. However, if you do thinner glazes with the Duo plus water on top of thicker paint (which in my case has been drying for at least a couple weeks) the glaze will stain the drier layer underneath, won't come out, and looks muddy (like dark splotches on lighter areas). Maybe their mediums will correct this, I haven't tried them yet, But regular oils don't do that.Third: Using these without water is alright, but kind of stiff and have a pasty drag to me. If you use a fair amount of water they dry very dull and matte. Holbein manipulates their Duo oil paints differently than other manufacturers, with an additive that behaves like a surfactant, maybe that's why the Duo paints behave as stated above.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your candid assessment. Water-miscible oils do use surfactants to induce miscibilty with water. You've discovered correctly that mixing water with water-miscible oils will make them dry dull and matte, and it can also cause them to color-shift from wet to dry in a way that traditional oils do not. Please know that Blick has a knowledgeable team of product information specialists on staff to answer your questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Just call 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am - 5:30pm CST) or email email@example.com. We're happy to help!
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