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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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My go-to paints!
By Marianne T
from Cape cod ma
Comments about Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils:
My favorite brand of water soluble oils. Very buttery. Awesome range of colors.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Jeff the Middler
from Montgomery Center, VT
I'm recently getting back to painting after many years. Lo and behold, water soluble oils! I read several reviews discussing them and took the plunge. The Holbein paint was lovely, creamy, rich enough to eat, but I painted with it instead. I love that oil smell, but without the need for turps. Washes up with water and soap just as well. I'm a convert!
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Excellent Holbein Duo Oil Paints
from Orange, Ca
They clean up with water.....and if you have have allergies they are perfect.
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Clean up is a breeze!
from Pierce, Co
I used this product with a finger painting technique and it was a pleasure. The paint was smooth and the color clear and vibrant. No soap or stinky solvents used when it came to clean up. Water was all that was needed.I would definitely recommend this oil paint for beginners as well as advanced artists.
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Excellent service and quality products for a more than fair
from Fitzwilliam NH
Holbein is a great company and am very happy to have the wide range of colors they have in quality water soluble oils.
By Valtr Coast Art/ MPAF
from Pebble Beach CA
I am still new to water soluble oil but so far I am very pleased with the quality and ease of clean-up. I have Winsor Newton brand but am pleased with the several tubes of DuoAqua.I am a professional artist and teacher and I will be doing a demo using Duo Aqua oils for my fellow artists. I am a member of a co-op gallery " Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Gallery" on Cannery Row in Monterey. Many of my colleagues are interested in the odor free and lack of dangerous solvents feature.
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from China, Maine
Great colors, easy to use, love that they clean up with soap and water.
Holbein water soluble is the best!
from Coeur d'Alene, ID
Holbein'so water soluble oils were recommended to me by a prolific painter of beautiful work for her class. Expensive to get the start, but SO worth it. This brand flows beautifully and mixes well. When I needed a new color quickly, I bought another brand. It was aweful...too thick. I returned the second, unopened tube, and ordered from Blick! This product has made painting inside my small studio much healthier and I get fewer complaints from my family. So very worth the change!
from Augusta GA
These are easier to work with than Artisan or WOil paints. They are smooth and easy to apply and mix. Creamy consistency. Wash out well, easy cleanup. No smell in the paints--there seems to be some spirit in the medium. Strong colors. I was mixing with other brands and like these the best. Haven't used Cobra yet.
Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils
from Hackberry LA
I find it very easy to use and blend ! Good coverage ,
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