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Created especially for use with water-mixable techniques, Cobra Mediums make working with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors even easier and more fun. Cobra Mediums improve paint flow, decrease color intensity, increase paint volume and durability, and add transparency and sheen. Use Cobra Gloss, Matte, and Satin Varnishes to protect your finished work from aging, dust and dirt. Cobra Mediums — just another way Cobra gives artists "infinite freedom."
Based on vegetable oil, Cobra Glazing Medium improves flow and affects the degree of transparency of Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors. This medium is very fat and should be applied in the last few layers of a painting. It increases sheen and durability of the paint film without affecting drying time. Cobra Glazing Medium can be thinned with water.
Based on vegetable oil, synthetic resin, and water, Cobra Painting Medium makes Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors smoother and fatter, allowing the paint to be smeared out easily and the brushstrokes to become less distinct. It also increases sheen and the durability of the paint layer without affecting drying time. Cobra Painting Medium can be mixed with water and still applied in the layered painting technique very well.
Cobra Painting Paste is a colorless medium that can be mixed with water-mixable oil paint in any ratio. The paste is as thick as Cobra Water Mixable Oils and can, therefore, be described as a water-mixable oil paint without pigment. Use it to increase the paint's volume for impasto techniques with no color change. The more paste that is added, the more transparent the paint becomes. Depending on the type of pigment, this will not be visible in thicker layers. Cobra Painting Paste can also be used to decrease the color intensity of paints, which is particularly important in the alla prima technique when colors with a highly divergent color intensity are being mixed with one another in a painting. The addition of painting paste to a stronger color makes the color's intensity less prominent. Always mix Cobra Water Mixable Oils and Cobra Painting paste with a painting knife.
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Not a medium I will buy again
from Media, PA
Comments about Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Painting Mediums:
I don't use a lot of medium while plein air painting but bought this as it was recommended in lieu of linseed oil, etc., as it is formulated specially for water soluble oils. It seems to get thick and sticky right away--almost like fast-drying Galkyd does--but without the benefits of speeding drying. I mainly use medium to thin paint for details but this didn't really help. Perhaps it's best used for glazing? It seems like a quality product but just not suited to the way I paint.
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing with us. We appreciate your feedback on your experience with this medium. Our Product Experts are happy to talk with you about our mediums to see if we may have an alternative item that might better meet your needs. We can be reached M-F from 8:00am to 5:30pmCST at 1.800.933.2542, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Cobra water mixable oil paints meet high expectations
By jAlida artist
from West Michigan
I paint plein air, so having oil paints which travel well and clean up easily are a must. Painting out-of-doors requires paint which flows in all temperatures, and survives the occasional precipitation. Oils do this, plus since they are water mixable, clean up is fast and easy. Cobra brand paints flow well from the tube, and mix smoothly with water. The colors are vibrant and they do mix well with other brands. The moderate cost makes these a good buy.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Plein Air Painting with Cobra Water Mixable Oils
Tags: Cobra Oil Paints, Water Mixable Oil Paint, Made with Product
Cobra water missable oil paint
from Powhatan , VA
Love these paints smooth creamy and full pigmented, a real quality oil paint.
Good products. Very useful
By My goodnis
from Miami, Florida
Mixes easily with oils and makes layering easy.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
horrible, sticky mess
from Portland, OR
I really wanted to like this stuff, I like the Cobra paint and thought I would like the medium too. It turned the WMO paint into a gummy sticky mess that is glossy if you do get it to spread on the painting. Tried it with Cobra, Artisan, Holbein, and Lukas WMO paints. The mixture is hard to remove from the brushes, doesn't seem to be very water mixable.I am using with Artisan linseed oil or Holbien medium, all the above brands of paint behave nicely with them.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this painting medium did not work out for you. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch with you to see if we can help you find another product that may better meet your needs.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Too sticky and glossy
from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I really enjoy Cobra Water Mixable paints but I don't like their painting medium. I use both the Artisan Water Mixable paints and I actually much prefer their medium with either brand of paint. I find the Cobra medium quite sticky and if you have to be very careful not to use too much otherwise your painting is super glossy. It's true you can get a bit of a drag but I find if you just a touch of water to the medium first then to your paint you get a very nice consistency. You have to work with Cobra paints and find the right medium you prefer. Personally, I just dislike Cobra painting medium.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Cobra Painting Paste Is the Best
By Carrie Jacobson
from Wachapreague, VA
I love this stuff. I use a palette knife to make heavy-impasto landscapes and florals in regular and solvent-free oils. Cobra Painting Paste is my medium for all my paintings. Its silky texture makes it a pleasure to work with. It mixes easily, and helps my paint go on more smoothly. It also helps me achieve the sculptural surface that my paintings depend on. I've tried all the other impasto-building media, and this is my favorite by far.
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Cobra Painting Paste got me that heavy impasto!
Tags: Sunflower Painting, Cobra Painting Paste, Made with Product, Picture of Product, Using Product, Palette Knife Painting
I Really Love Them
By Shimi V
Good texures, rich color, fun using them
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Impressed with Cobra mediums
Over the past 14 years, I have tested and used every water-soluble oil paint (that I know of) on the market. However, there is a little bit of a learning curve when switching from traditional oils to these newer paints. Many traditional oil painters find these water soluble oils to be sticky, and complain of 'drag'. Most likely this is caused by using too much water, and no mediums.Nevertheless, with a little practice and finesse most people will find them to be quite enjoyable. I have become hooked on solvent-free water-soluble oils, especially since using Cobra paints. With Cobra paints, I find the tinting strength to be quite good, and the paints are buttery and the brushstrokes hold their shape - plus I know I am making a healthier choice.The mediums help add a beautiful luster to the paints and revive the darks from sinking. I am impressed with how I can still add water to the mediums and they retain their flow and viscosity...I have found this to be a problem with some of the other brands that I have tested. The painting medium helps me build up luscious, smooth layers of paint. The glazing medium allows me to quickly modify a color or value of a passage, adding luster and transparency to an opaque layer that has been given ample drying time. If done correctly, the painter can achieve a beautiful effect like stained glass because the light travels through the glaze and is reflected through the opaque layer below.It has been my experience that Cobra mediums dry a bit more quickly when painted on linen or canvas, rather than hardboard. But, the difference is very minimal.Once the painting is dry, it is and should be treated like any traditional oil painting.I hope this helps!
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©2012 LoriMcNee "Shades of Gray" 24x18 oil
Tags: Cobra Painting Medium, Cobra Glazing Medium, Made with Product, Using Product, Cobra Water-soluble Paint
(7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
Not a substitute for the real oil
By Oil Painter 4 ever
from San Francisco, CA
Was really excited about trying these 'Oils' as I am an oil painter wanting to work without the solvents. Bought about 10 hues to replace my regular palette. I spent about two hours doing a quick study of a still life, two hours of frustration. One thing I notice right away is that pigments loose their strength pretty quickly when mixed, mixed red and yellow to make a really dull orange. One feels a drag while moving the brush. The oil medium sold separately does not make the any more fluid.
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