My Favorite Paints IN THE WHOLE FFFFFing WORLD

If you are an artist, or are very close to someone who is, then you know that the options you have for materials are absolutely insane. There are dozens of choices of mediums and thousands of choices of brands that produce tens of thousands of different products in that medium. That’s not to mention solvents and thinners and on and on and on…..

I’ve worked in watercolor. I actually really like the way that watercolor looks when it is kind of unfinished around the edges.

I’ve worked in colored pencil. Way too tedious, but virtually no mess and very portable.

I’ve worked in acrylic. Wonderfully bright, extremely versatile and an absolute blast to play and experiment with.

I’ve worked with traditional oils. Incredibly rich and I loved that the drying time was so slow, plenty of time to work the paint. The mess though, oh myyyyyy GOD! Hated HATED HATED it. It would take me more than an hour to clean up.

At the time I was painting with oils, and getting super frustrated with the clean up, I was talking on an etsy forum with some other artists and someone suggested Holbein Duo Aqua Oils.

Form my birthday my father bought me a set. From the minute the paint brush dipped in the paint and touched the canvas, I was in love. I am still deeply in love with this paint. I do play with acrylics from time to time, but in my heart and mind, nothing beats Hobein Duo. Almost always end up partially covered in it, no matter how hard I try not to be.

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6 replies

  1. Thank you for this post. Those colours look gorgeous. I can see why you love them so much. I have the same relationship with oils that you have had. I covet them, want to work with them, but can’t deal with the drying time and the drama and the cleanup. Those solvents and mediums dry out my skin something fierce. Have a great day.


    • You’re welcome Sabiscuit, and thank you so much. That’s why the water soluble oils are so amazing, no solvents and just a little soap and water to clean up. The only drawback – $$$$$ – expensive

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      • Thank you for mentioning the drawback. I noticed immediately because I went searching on Amazon just then. But, I really want to work with oils, so maybe I’ll do a bit of experimenting with a set. I literally have a paint shop at home, as I’m sure you do, but if it’s the only way to achieve my goal of oil on canvas, so be it. Thank you so much again for this wonderful pointer in the right direction. Happy painting adventures!


      • I definitely think it’s worth it – I think you’ll love them. If you do decide to get them and you have any questions, let me know. They are a bit thick, so it’s good to have the linseed oil (how weird that there’s such a thing as water soluble linseed oil??). It works wonderfully.
        YESSS! I do have a paint shop – it’s amazing.
        Happiest of painting adventures to you too!

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      • Thanks again for this. I’m going to be painting outdoors (fine arts conference) in a few weeks, so I will be getting them. I don’t want to miss a chance to paint landscape in abstract with oils. Great chance to test them out. Warm wishes. x

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