View Full Version : Make your own water soluble oil paints?

09-28-2010, 05:20 PM

I'm wondering if anybody here has made their own water miscible oil paint. I am considering buying pigment and mixing up a batch of paint with the water soluble linseed oil that holbein sells. Does anybody have experience with doing this? Any thoughts or tips?


10-04-2010, 04:19 PM
I don't know anything about the way you are asking to do it, but I understand that Lukas Berlin has a medium that you can mix with any brand/color of regular oil and it will become a water mixable oil. Only problem is that I haven't found it for sale anywhere. If you do find this Lukas Berlin product, I would be very interested in it myself. There are still a few important colors that aren't available in water mixable oils. Good Luck!!!

12-02-2011, 06:59 PM
To make water mixable oil out of standard oil paint, you can use a drop or two (no more than 20 per cent) of CLEAR dishwashing detergent such as Dawn. Do not agitate or you will get bubbles in the paint. Experiment. I also use a drop or two of the Holbein linseed oil for water mixable paint. Once mixed, you can mix with acrylic paint. The clear Dawn detergent acts as an emulsifier. I read that one artist used this technique 30 years ago and that his paintings have endured as well as oils mixed with standard oil mediums.

12-02-2011, 07:55 PM
You can get the Lukas Berlin Water Mixable Modified Linseed Oil Medium at Jerry's Artarama.com

12-04-2011, 02:29 PM
Thanks so much georgegris. I may try that in some lead white.

12-01-2013, 10:38 PM
Yes, I made one small batch of water soluble paint. It worked just fine and dandy.
I just used these two: