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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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Loving my new paints
from Marshall, VA
Comments about Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oils:
This paint is excellent when it comes to doing finger painting. The colors are vibrant, making my art work stand out.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Bangor, Maine
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to help!
from Layton, Utah
I use this product straight out of the tube. No mixing of colors. So the color range is amazing and allows be to do this. It has a very creamy texture lays down wet on wet beautifully. You can completely cover your last stroke with a nice thick stroke. A few of the colors are pretty transparent. The Luminous pink is one. But aside from that, these are the best I have worked with!
My go-to paints!
By Marianne T
from Cape cod ma
My favorite brand of water soluble oils. Very buttery. Awesome range of colors.
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.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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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First finger paint
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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