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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).
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.
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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l love this paint beautiful filled with light
from bight east, victoria australia
Comments about Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints:
I paint a lot of water and reflections sky and people.This paint is beautiful for building a light world and world of hue.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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love these paints
By grandma moss
Best Titanium White
By Kat O'
from Worcester, MA
The only color I have used from Williamsburg is the white, but after going through my second large tube I will be buying all of my colors from them. Paint quality is consistent and never oils up.
from Kent CT
The pigment quality is good and there does not seem to be to much extra oil
I would recommend these oil paints.
By Artist in progress
from Southern Alabama
Williamsburg handmade paints are expensive but they are high quality and have less filler than many other leading brands.
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pticy but very nice
from richmond VA
my first use of iridscent paints igot some from other mfgrs and the paint was similar to the williams burg I used for the feathers in a humming bird and was pleased with the result
from Dallas, TX
You pay more for these and are my 2nd choice in paints. My first aren't sold here. I love their earth tones and they have colors most others are lacking. Paints like a dream and oils don't separate or leak out. High quality paints for sure.
Top of the line oil paints
By Avis Artist
from Washington, D.C.
These paints are simply the best.I hope someday Williamsburg will make water-soluble oil paints. I am a professional and cancer survivor, I've converted my Williamsburg paints into water-soluble oil paints by adding 'Medium W' so I don't have to use Turpentine and other toxic chemicals. My water-soluble Williamsburg paints work like a dream!
I HAVE A WILLIAMSBURG OIL PAINTS COLOR CRAVING
By One Great Artist
from Youngsville, NC
In my oil paintings and in working with cold wax, this oil paint exceeds all my expectations. Buttery feel to the application of the paint makes it a joy to work with. I have no negative comments. I would like to see Williamsburg Paint Company give a special pricing sale once and a while so we could afford to purchase more colors.
I am a landscape painter and really love the way that great oil paints allow me to catch the beauty of what I am painting. Williamsburg colors were introduced to me via an online class that I was taking. Since starting to use these colors, I have expanded to 42 assorted color tubes of Williamsburg Paints. It has a buttery feel in its application to canvas or panel. When mixing colors, it is easy to recapture the tint or shade because each color is manufactured with the same precise formula. It is not uncommon for these colors to stay soft for 3 plus days when I have left them uncovered [which I try not to do]. Quality paint which is expensive to buy but not a waste of money. I will continue to slowly accumulate a bevy of these beauties as my pocket book allows. I do wish that they would give us a few deals though, as once and a while it would help us to have more money to spend on their colors.
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