Join the Revoilution of Cobra Water-Mixable Oil Paint

The revOILution starts with our health and the environment! Both have never been as important as they are today. With Cobra oil paints, your workspace can now be free of harmful solvents. The only thing you need to dilute Cobra is water! Cobra professional oil paint contains the same colours, fine pigments and viscosity you know and love in traditional oil paint. Without the harmful solvents.

Why do artists like Irma de Bruijne choose Cobra?

Irma from the Rijksmuseum’s Teekenschool explains” It was around that time, some 25 years ago, that I first visited Talens. I took a two-day course there and we were shown inside the paint factory. I was completely sold! I had expected to see conveyor belts, which are also great, but that was not the case at all. I saw how the paint was rubbed, what raw materials were used and the tremendous amount of manual work involved. When you see that, you also understand why paint is so costly and why this particular paint is so good. It was a real eye opener.”Further, she explains the three reasons they use Cobra Oils over traditional oil paints at the Rijksmuseum:

  • The paint contains no solvents. That’s much better for everyone’s health, especially since many people work indoors and some people may be allergic to solvents such as white spirit.
  • It’s so nice to see the effect it has, that it’s just really good oil paint and that you get amazing results. It’s just a fantastic product.
  • It is a material of today. At a time when the environment and health are very important, we have chosen to use this modern oil paint.


Looking to get started with cobra? Check out our article: Start to Finish: Layering, Glazing, and Varnishing

Highlighting Colours with HISTORY

Magenta: A Colour With A Bloody Past

As one of the primary colours, Magenta is now an essential part of art painting. The dye was developed chemically in 1856 and owes its name to the bloody battle by the Italian town of Magenta. Due to the poor lightfastness of the dye, the red-pink colour these days is made based on the pigment Quinacridone.




Ultramarine: The Blue Gold

Ultramarine is a colour that has appealed to one’s imagination since the early Middle Ages. These days it is impossible to imagine the standard palette without this intense blue with its excellent lightfastness. However, up until 1828 only the natural variant was available. An expensive affair, all the more so since this cost more than PURE GOLD.



Indian Yellow: An Unresolved Mystery

For a long time, it was thought that Indian yellow was derived from the urine of Indian cows. In the north-eastern state of Bihar, the cows there were supposed to have been fed only with the young leaves of the mango tree. It was this that coloured the urine bright yellow. But the mystery surrounding the origins of this wonderful golden yellow pigment is still unresolved.



Together we can claim a solvent-free future. Are you ready to join the revOILution?