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Van Gogh h2oil colour

Van Gogh h2oil colour is an oil colour with very special characteristics, the paint can simply be thinned with water and has a very short drying time. It is no longer necessary to use solvents or lots of mediums. As a result, Van Gogh H2oil colour is particularly easy to use and is also environmentally friendly, while the finished painting retains the appearance of a regular oil colour.

Van Gogh H2Oil Colour dries much faster than ordinary oil colour. In thin layers the paint can normally be overpainted after a single day. The colour completely retains the brush strokes as with traditional oil colours. The range consists of 40 brilliant and lightfast colours, using pigments which do not contain toxic, heavy metals. The colours are very brilliant and do not change colour during drying.

The well known oil techniques such as wet-on-wet and layered painting can be easily carried out with this colour. All substrates which are suitable for oils can also be used for Van Gogh H2Oil Colour. The best known are oil paint paper, canvas board and prepared canvas.


The Water-Solubility
Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is a pure oil colour. The paint itself does not contain water. This means that there is no loss of brush stroke and no change in colour during the drying process. If water is added to the paint, the water will evaporate (just like white spirit when used with traditional oil).

To achieve a homogenous mixture when mixed with water the paint should be emulsified little by little. The emulsion is not formed automatically when water and paint are making contact, but must be activated. One must put some effort in the process. A small quantity of paint is mixed thoroughly with a wet brush. By adding small quantities of water or paint and good mixing a homogenous emulsion will be formed.

If one stirs with a wet brush in a pile of paint, only that part of the paint will be connected with water where pressure with the brush has been exerted. The mixture will be partly thinned and partly not emulsified and therefore not thinned. The mixture will not be homogenous. Thinning thoroughly and little by little avoids this problem.

The Drying Process
The drying process of Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is similar to that of traditional oils. It is a chemical process, caused by oxidation under the influence of air and light (oxygen and UV). Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is a fast drying oil colour. The drying time is much shorter than with traditional oils, but also much longer than with acrylic colours. There is still sufficient time to use wet-in-wet techniques. Just like with traditional oil colours the drying time depends on the kind of pigment and the air humidity.

Water - soluble
Colours can be mixed and thinned with water.
Brushes can be cleaned with water and a little soap.
Easy-to-use because you only need water.
Fast drying
Less waiting delay when painting in layers.
Very suitable as an under-painting for traditional oils because of the shorter drying time and perfect adherence.
Genuine oil colour
The brush stroke is completely retained.
No change in colour from wet to dry.
Formulation without solvents or toxic pigments
No allergic reactions for users or household members.
Virtually no smell.
Environmentally friendly.

Versus traditional oils:
water - soluable
shorter drying time
slightly longer consistency
slightly more glossy
Versus acrylics:
no change in colour from wet to dry
brush stroke is retained completely
more brilliant colours
longer drying time

Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is a genuine oil paint, so all techniques suitable for oil colours can be practised (such as wet-in-wet, impasto, painting in layers, glazing techniques). Just like traditional oils it is essential to paint “fat over lean” when painting in layers. For glazing techniques Talens has developed a special water-soluble medium.

The durability of paintings made with Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is comparable with traditional oils. Wrinkling of the paint in heavy layers does not occur.

Van Gogh H2Oil Colour can be mixed with traditional oils. However, the water solubility will decline and the drying time will be prolonged depending on the proportions of the two types of paint. Van Gogh H2Oil Colour can also be mixed with other water-soluble artists’ paints and mediums, such as acrylic colours and acrylic mediums. But some of the typical characteristics of oil paint, such as brush stroke, consistency and no change of colour during the drying process, will change. To which extend depends on the quantities in which the different paints are mixed. When Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is mixed with another water soluble paint, the substrate must still be prepared for the adherence of oil colour.

All brushes that are suitable for oil colours can also be used for Van Gogh H2Oil Colour. Brushes must be cleaned with water and a little soap. This must be done the same day because of the shorter drying time of the paint.

For Van Gogh H2Oil Colour all substrates used for oil paint are suitable, such as universally prepared canvas and oil colour paper. All substrates must be prepared with a universal primer. Talens Gesso is a perfect primer for Van Gogh H2Oil Colour.

Talens has developed a special water-soluble medium called Van Gogh H2Oil Colour Medium. This medium makes the paint “fatter” and improves the flow. Used as a normal painting medium the medium should be thinned with water, 50% water/ 50% medium. Used in the last layers as a glazing medium the medium can be used pure. The drying time of the faster drying colours in the assortment will slightly be increased by the medium.

All traditional solvents and mediums for oil paint can be used with Van Gogh H2Oil Colour. However, the water-solubility of the mixture will decline rapidly. If a solvent is used instead of water, the drying time will remain unchanged. If a traditional medium is used the drying time will be prolonged.


When the painting is 100 % dry (also inside the paint layer) you must preserve it with a varnish for oil colours. This full drying process takes approximately one year.

Van Gogh H2Oil Colour is available in 40 colours in 20 ml and 40 ml tubes. The 20 most important colours are also available in a large 150 ml tube.

Water-mixable oil colour witht the properties of traditional oil colours
Turpentine and white spirit are unecessary
Shortened drying time