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  • INTRODUCING ROYAL TALENS COBRA – THE WATER MIXABLE OIL PAINT

    What does water - mixable oil mean?

    Literally, it is possible to mix the Cobra oil series with water, without losing the properties of regular oil paints. Cobra oils contain the exact same materials as regular oil paints; the difference is that they are modified in order to mix with water.  Since they do contain oils, it is important to keep that in mind that they still can be mixed with turps and spirits as well, so when you’re using water you have to mix them little by little to enable the particles to mix well.

    (They can also be mixed with regular oil paints, but then they lose their ability to mix with water!)

     Why is Cobra good?

    Having a paint that has the same properties as traditional oil paints, but is also mixable with water has many advantages. Firstly, you don’t have to use harmful chemicals like turps and spirits, thus you don’t have to buy, carry and smell them in order to produce oil paintings. Secondly, since you’re only using water, it is safe to pour the remnants into the sink, making your life easier, as well as not having to worry about environmental damage.

    Thirdly, you don’t have to throw away your non-water soluble oil paints, as Cobra paints can be mixed with them.

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    Things to keep in mind with Cobra Solvent Free Oil Paint

     Artist and Study Quality

    Artist Quality
    Study Quality

    There are two types of the Cobra oil paints available – artist and study quality.

    The main difference between the two is that the artist quality paints consist of equal amount of pigments and binder, while study quality paints contain half of the amount of pigment with an additional material called extender. This way, it’s possible to create cheaper, but still good quality paint.

    Paint series

    You may also notice that the artist quality brand has 4 series that also have different prices. This is due to the fact that certain pigments are more difficult to get hold of, therefore their production costs are higher – it does not indicate that the more expensive colours are any better!

    The series numbers are indicated on the back of the tube!

    Mixing Colours

    Not surprisingly, the question whether Cobra oils and acrylics can be mixed may arise, and of course, both paints can be mixed with water! However, even though it is possible to mix them, it is not advised in the long run, as the drying process of water based paints is completely different to oil based paints. While acrylic paints remain flexible due to their plastic content, oil paints dry harder with age, resulting in cracking and other different damages of the painting.

    Cobra Painting Medium

    Building up a painting with the Cobra series works the same way as with regular oils – the principle of the “fat over lean” technique still applies. With this technique, you add your layers that should contain less and less solvent (water), which means more paint, thus more oil goes to the surface. However, if you don’t wish to use paint straight out of the tube for the last layer, or wish to have a very smooth effect, the Cobra Painting Medium is what you need.
    To make the fat over lean principle work, you will have to add more and more medium into the water you’re mixing with, this way the solvent will contain more oil even without adding very thick layers of paint.

    Glazing with Cobra

    Glazing is the application of a very transparent layer of paint on top of the others.

    The Cobra Glazing Medium is very similar to the Painting Medium, with the difference being that it doesn’t contain any water, so it is more flexible. The Glazing medium has to be applied directly out of the bottle to the last layer of the painting.

    Another possible way to use it is to put subtle colours into black and white paintings, by mixing the glazing medium with paint and applying it to the surface of the dried painting. This way the original brushstrokes remain untouched, and you can put on more colours or brush them off without affecting the finished painting.

    Cobra Odourless Spray Varnishes:

    Varnishes are applied in order to protect the painting from ageing as much as possible. It’s important to keep in mind that varnishing has to be done after at least a year has passed since the finishing of the work to allow the oils to dry properly.

    Other Properties of Cobra Oil Paints:

    Study Quality

    Artist Quality

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