They are similar to gouache especially when both media are thinned out with water. Gouache seems to have a significantly higher pigment load, however; it is impossible to have impasto brushwork with gouache. Gouache seems to lack the permanence of oil as well.
Sergio Lopez, fine artist. Based in Santa Rosa, California.
My Website: www.themainloop.com
Thanks for the tips Sergio, nice paintings too.
I am surprise to hear that there is something better than W&N Artisan. This is my main brand but I need to check Holbein Duo now than you mentioned. Watermixable Oils are great if you have your studio at home by the fast drying kills me.
On my part what I can share about this medium is this ( tips are personal not a rule):
1. Keep your palette color in a fridge. When you store your paint is the no air rule is in place.
2. Put 2 drops of
Oil of Cloves on each paint to keep them fresh, and spraywater from time to time but not too much.
3. I don't use water, I use instead watermixable thinner and only in the underpainting.
4. I prefer the Hog Bristles, W&N Monarch (Sintetic=Mongoose) Brushes, Escoda Modernista (Sintetic=mongoose), Konlinsky Red Sable.
5. W&N watermixable Medium, Stand Oil, Safflower Oil.
6. Some advice the Masterson Sta-Wet palettes I will try them soon.
If you allow me I would like to share the only 2 pieces I have done with this medium:
Thank you for the Tips Sergio. Nice paintings too.
I need to check the Holbein Duo brand now since I use mainly W&N.
On my part here are some personal tips:
1. Since the big problem with this medium is the fast drying times, what do is to put my palette in the fridge. And store there ready made colors.
2. Drop 2 drops of Oil of Cloves on each paint to keep them fresh. Spray water from time to time not too much.
3. I never use water as a medium. Only watermixable Thinner and only in the underpainting process later I stay with the Artisan Medium.
4. Brushes: W&N Monarch, Pure Red Kolinsky, and Hog Bristels.
If you allow me I will present here 2 paintings I have done with this medium:
Hope, Oil on Linen
Mother and Child, Oil on Linen