Which Winsor and Newton Oil Paint is right for you?

Author: Dana McGorlick-Appelman  Date Posted:13 April 2021 

Winsor & Newton are internationally renowned by artists of all skill sets for their commitment to quality and innovation and are dedicated to the craft of the fine artist and to providing them with new ways to explore their creativity. 

Their products are known for their reliability, quality and history.

Want to get started in oil painting, or looking to expand your oil paint collection? Keep reading to discover the differences between each Winsor & Newton oil colour, and which range is suitable for you, including Artists’, Winton and Artisan Water Mixable paints. 




Internationally renowned by professional artists, Winsor & Newton’s Artists’ Oil Colours are trusted for their reliability, quality and excellent tinting strength. 


Winsor & Newton only use the finest and purest pigments, ensuring the cleanest, brightest colours, which in turn produce the best colour mixtures. The quantity of pigment used provides excellent covering power and tinting strength.

Each oil colour is individually formulated to optimise its drying rate, which helps artists to avoid the problems of slow drying underlayers. So that you can trust in the longevity of your work and leave a lasting impression, Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours have been tested for lightfastness and permanence, and boast some of the best ratings (at least AA or A) of any oil paints on the market – truly retaining their brilliance over time.

The beauty of oil paints boast a slow drying time, allowing you to manipulate the paint over several painting sessions, and also allows subtle colour blending, layering and various brush techniques. The stiff consistency of Winsor & Newton colours can retain brush or palette knife marks or it can be thinned to the very finest of glazes. 

These oil paints are suitable for use on a variety of surfaces such as canvas, paper, primed wood and aluminium.


Key Features:

Lightfast and permanent 

Optimal balance of pigment to oil

Made with the highest quality production methods for the highest quality finish

Formulated with the finest pigments

Excellent tinting strength

37ml tube


Winton Oil colours have been developed by Winsor and Newton to be able to offer reasonably priced oil paint at a high quality. Each tube of Winton Oil Paint has a high level of pigmentation to provide solid coverage and mix ability. These Oil colours can be effectively mixed to create a wide spectrum of colour options and can be safely intermixed with Winsor and Newton Artists Oil Paint among other oil paints.

These paints are ideal for those using large volumes of paint.


Made from high-quality pigments, Winton Oil Colours are durable, lightfast and permanent. Delivering consistent colour every time, their ready-to-use formulation in means you can effortlessly work at any scale.


Key Features:

High pigment load

Ideal for working in large volumes

Uniform consistency 

Stiff paint for excellent retention of brush and palette knife strokes.

Lightfast and permanent 





Winsor and Newton Artisan Water Soluble Oil Paint have been developed to appear, apply and feel like traditional oil paint – with the special quality of being water mixable.

These Oil Paints have been developed to allow artists to use them without the addition of nasty solvents and thinners. They can simply and happily be thinned down and cleaned up with water.

A great option for use in shared studios, or for the classroom, they are a genuine oil colour made from modified linseed oil and modified safflower oil. This modification means Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours can be used without hazardous solvents - they can be cleaned up with water. The colour has been formulated to appear and work just like conventional oil colour. The depth of colour, thick consistency, lightfastness, opacity/transparency, permanence and drying times are all comparable to conventional oils. 

Artisan Water mixable Oil Colour is available in 40 rich, vibrant colours – and can be used and applied in a variety of ways.


Thinned and cleaned with water (no need for harmful solvents)

Rich, vibrant colours

Looks like traditional oil paint 

Made from modified linseed and safflower oil

lightfast and permanent 

Great for artists working in a shared space.



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Got questions? Send us an email at customerservice@artshedonline.com.au and our friendly team of artists will do their best to assist you. 

Happy creating!

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