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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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from Alb, Ala
Comments about Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils:
Like not using solvnts
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Loved these paints!
from Las Vegas, NV
I've been using these Holbein aqua duos ever since I learned Camilla d'Errico used them. They blend wonderfully!
Top of the Line
from Media, PA
Along with COBRA, Holbein makes just about the nicest quality water soluble oils. The titanium white seems stronger to me than other brands.
By Plein Air Painter
I've been making the transition from WN watersoluable oils to Holbein Duo and Royal Talens Cobra. Love the paints, very rich and creamy. Unfortunately rather expensive, but I guess you get what you pay for. I use both brands because sometimes one brand doesn't have the colors that I want so I try the other. Both Holbein Duo and Royal Talens are the best on the market.
Not a good pigment load in transparents but I would buy.
from Albertville, Al
Low pigment load for my work.
A must have in my paintbox
By B's Studio
from Brandon, Florida
When I switched to water miscible oils, my sister bought me a small set of Holbein's Duo Aqua Oils. I really like the consistency of the paint even without mediums, which is much like painting with regular oils. The color selection is extensive, and I have added some interesting hues (Luminous Green/not colorfast) to experiment with. I also appreciate not having to use harsh solvents to clean brushes. Disclaimer: I have not tried all the water miscible offerings from other companies, so "The Best" rating is just between Holbein, Windsor & Newton's Artisan (a close second) and Grumbacher's Max series.
These are my favorite water soluble oils
from Archer, Idaho
I have tried many of the water soluble oil brands and these are my favorite. However they are the most expensive. They are not as available as the other brands.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
from Hood River OR
I love these paints. No strong turpentine smell. I have lung issues and before using the aqua paints, I couldn't use oil paints. These paints allow me to paint without that harse smell during cleanup. I am just learning how to use this paint. But, so far so good! If you ever wanted to paint with oils, try these.
I love these Duo Aqua paints. Good customer service too!
from Barre, VT
Very smooth application. I use them with acrylics too. I will definitely be buying more colors. The primary colors for mixing. They are definitely my favorite oil paints!
Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils
By Color Craze
from Orlando, Florida, USA
Clean up is a snap as you get the same vibrant, glossy outcome without all the oils and chemicals. The colors are the most brilliant and expressive than I've ever used. I use brushes sometimes but have migrated to large canvases painting with my hands, fingers and other tools besides brushes. I'm have a ball with these and love using them.
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