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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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Oil & Water do mix!
from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Comments about Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils:
I love this product! Still experimenting and having fun trying to manipulate like water colors. Dries within 24 hours if applied heavy or within an hour if you are doing lite washes.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Holbein's Aqua Duo
By Arttzy lady
from Somers Point, NJ
I paint with water soluble oil paints since I cannot use the solvents used with regular oils. Duo oils are great! They go on smoothly, mix well and look just like regular oils. People are surprised when I tell them they are water-soluable oils. Just wish they had indigo.
from WA state
Water solvable. And good pigment.
Best Water Soluble Oil Paint
from Columbia MO
You can not go wrong with Holbein Duo Aqua. The colors are intense, the consistency is awesome, and the coverage is superb. I recommend them to anyone who asks me about water soluble oils.
I love this paint
from Bourbonnais, Illinois
This paint is nice and thick and goes on smooth. Most colors can be washed off easily with soap and water.
Love these WM Oils!
from Washington DC Suburbs
Because I don't want to work in a toxic environment, the WM Oils are a great solution. Holbeins Duo are some of the best, W&N the worst. Holbein's is a bit more expensive than COBRA, but when On sale I get them.
By Jim the runner
from La county
The colors really come out with this product, versatile.
from Orange County, CA
I love the way it jazzes up parts on the hummingbird's I paint on glass. I wish the manufacturers could make it light fast. I suppose it will take years before needing a touch up, but it's worth it.
Very nice water-mixable oils
from Media PA
I've been using the Royal Talens Cobra water-mixable oils for awhile but they are impossible to find in retail art stores. I needed a tube of Titanium White and was in the Blick store on 6th Ave in NYC. I picked up a 50 ml tube of Duo Aqua and was very impressed the first time I used it. Seems slightly warmer than the Cobra Titanium and is very opaque. I then ordered a few more basic colors and will begin using them as I finish Cobra tubes. I think they are slightly more expensive but are soft and buttery. Will definitely purchase again.
Holbein Duo water soluble oils
from Aiken sc
I paint mainly with Holbein Duo water soluble oils. I think they are convenient and of a high quality nature. I also think that they are priced just about right and love using them because of their creamy texture. I have nothing to say about thngs that aren't so great about it.
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