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Dedicated to handmade integrity, Williamsburg Handmade Oils are crafted by skilled American artisans using top-quality pigments from around the world. Each of the more than 140 colors in the line possesses a unique consistency and texture — some are slightly gritty, while others are extremely smooth. This is what makes Williamsburg Handmade Oils so unique and prized by the painters who choose them.
Colors are made in small batches no larger than five gallons at a time to ensure the highest level of control. Pigments are carefully ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each, and then combined with pure, premium, alkali-refined and pH-balanced linseed oil. Every ingredient is hand-measured, and every batch is scrutinized for quality.
Most Williamsburg Oils are considered to have excellent lightfastness (LF I), with the exception of Alizarin Crimson and Van Dyke Brown, which have very poor lightfastness (LFIII).
This set is ideal for capturing the wide variety of hues, shades, and tints encountered in nature. It contains 11 ml tubes of Permanent Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Sevres Blue, Sap Green, Italian Lemon Ochre, and Burnt Sienna, plus a 37 ml tube of Titanium White.
Modern Colors Set
Crisp and bright, these modern colors are an excellent choice for painters looking to supplement their traditional colors with higher chroma alternatives. The set contains 11 ml tubes of Permanent Yellow Light, Permanent Yellow Deep, Fanchon Red, Permanent Crimson, Egyptian Violet, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Quinacridone Gold Brown, plus a 37 ml Titanium White.
Signature Colors Set
Explore some of Williamsburg's most unique "signature colors" with this set, which contains 11 ml tubes of Brilliant Yellow Pale, Alizarin Orange, Persian Rose, King's Blue, Courbet Green, Italian Lemon Ochre, Stil de Grain, and French Ardoise Grey, plus a 37 ml tube of Titanium White.
Special Edition Colors
Williamsburg offers four Special Edition iron oxide colors that utilize the same pigments as standard Williamsburg colors, but are milled to a finer consistency to make them suitable for glazing. Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide is based on Stil De Grain, with a dark yellow-brown masstone that gives way to amber and light ochre when glazing. Transparent Orange Iron Oxide is based on Italian Pink, and produces a very deep red-orange masstone that results in rich orange-red glazes. Transparent Brown Iron Oxide has its origins in Dutch Brown, and results in translucent brown glazes reminiscent of coffee or tanned leather. Transparent Red Oxide is a finer version of Brown Pink, and results in red tones reminiscent of stained cherry wood when glazing.
Traditional Colors Set
Interested in exploring a more traditional range of colors? This classic palette includes 11 ml tubes of Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue (Genuine), Raw Sienna, and French Raw Umber, plus a 37 ml tube of Titanium 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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By Shimmering Iridescent and More
from Portland Oregon
Comments about Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints:
I have found some wonderful colors in Williamsburg that I can't find anywhere else, such as an amazingly brilliant magenta, and several iridescent colors that aren't available in other paint lines. Very happy with my purchases. Some of the Williamsburg paint colors are very thick (much like Old Holland) and require thinning or addition of an oil medium to get a good result.. They work great when mixed with Liquin Oleopasto, which also helps them dry faster.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Fluvanna VA
The green gold is a favorite. Yummy vibrant great transparent.
These paints are exquisite....
By Julia Haw
from Brooklyn, NY
I absolutely LOVE Williamsburg paints. They are dense with high pigment load and the colors are brilliant and unique. I highly recommend them. #sweepstakes
outstanding quality at a reasonable price
from Puerto Rico
I wohave been using this brand for some time and I am vvery pleased.
from Los Angeles
I love all color from Williamsburg
Rich with pigment
I am really loving the richness in color I am getting
from Boca Raton Fl.
I am a realist painter. My figures look so real
I love this paint!
By Camille Barnes Studio
I would but this paint anytime, excellent quality.
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from West Tisbury MA.
A beautiful cadmium lemon yellow, light with a touch of green.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
A favorite on the palette
By Elwha Painter
Using a limited palette of favorite colors from a few select makers, I must say Williamsburg is the crème de la crème. The quality of color, texture and the way they handle make them worth higher price point. I especially like their approach to a couple of earth colors, which I used to avoid and now find I can't do without. The slight grittiness of the grind, the uniquely perfect body of the paint, and the incredible versatility in mixing have elevated the pleasurable experience of painting a notch for me. I stock large tubes for studio and small tubes for the light mobility of Plein air painting. Would share my 3 personal faves, but...
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