Winsor & Newton Oilbar

Artists' Oilbar is an artists' quality oil colour in stick form, enabling you to paint and draw freely and directly onto your surface. It is a unique medium because it provides the artist with the buttery consistency and richness of oil colour together with the freedom and directness of pastels or charcoal.

Oilbar is fundamentally different from oil pastels or oil crayons due to its unique formulation. Each of the 50 colours in the range are produced by combining artists' quality pigments with linseed oil, into which are blended specially selected waxes.


The Oilbar range is formulated with pigment, linseed oil, or safflower oil with a blend of specially selected waxes. Every colour in the Oilbar range is individually formulated to take advantage of the natural characteristics of each pigment and to ensure the stability of the colour.

Colour Series

As the cost of the pigments used varies, so does the price charged for the colour. Therefore colours are grouped together in 'series'.


Pigments vary in their transparency by nature. On the Winsor & Newton Oilbar printed Colour chart the transparent colours are marked with T, the semi-transparent colours are marked ST. The relatively semiopaque colours are marked with SO and the opaque colours are marked with O.


Artists' Oilbar has a consistency all of its own, making for truly unique, dynamic applications. When an oil medium is added, Oilbar handles comparably to tube colour consistency.

Surface Sheen

As each pigment requires different volumes of oil in formulation, the surface sheen of Oilbar may differ slightly from colour to colour. The addition of solvent, as well as the use of additive mediums will alter surface sheen as well.


Artists' Oilbar has the same ratings as other Winsor & Newton artists' quality ranges. AA and A rated colours are recommended as permanent for artists' use. Please refer to the permanence ratings provided on the printed colour chart and the product labels.

Drying time

Once on the canvas, the colours will become touch dry in 2 to 7 days. Thorough drying prior to any varnishing is essential, and should be a minimum of six months in thin films of colour. Longer periods are necessary for thicker films.

Colourless Oilbar

This is the equivalent of linseed oil in traditional oil colour, and is mostly used for blending and glazing colours directly on the canvas. It serves as a medium in solid form.

Using with traditional oil colour

Oilbar can be used with both traditional oil colour and Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour. Due to the wax content, thick Oilbar films are not recommended underneath thin oil films. Doing so would contravene the 'fat over lean' rule. Oilbar is also compatible with all Winsor & Newton oil mediums.