Whether you are a painter at the beginning of your art career, full of excitement and expectations or you’re already climbing the ladder, having sold your first painting, this article could be for you. You can never know too much about the profession you love and learning new tricks and techniques could lead to the development of new art movements which could launch your career to a new level! Find out how you can create your very own beautiful paintings, specialize in oil paints and become the artist you’ve always wanted.
Painting Tips and Tricks you need to know
- Avoid using Ivory Black for an under painting or sketching as it dries much slower than other oil paints.
- Lay your paints out on your palette in the same order so that, with time, you’ll be able to pick up a bit of a color instinctively.
- Increase you proportion of oil paints for each subsequent layer in an oil painting –this is because the lower layers absorb oil from the layers on top of them. If the upper layers dry faster than the lower ones, they can crack.
- Pigments containing lead, cobalt, and manganese accelerate drying. They can be mixed with other colors to speed up drying and are ideal for under layers. (Student-quality paints usually contain cheaper alternatives to these pigments, generally labeled hues.)
- Use linseed oil for an under painting or in the bottom layers of any oil painting done wet-on-dry as it dries the most thoroughly of all the oils used as mediums.
- Avoid using linseed oil as a medium in whites and blues as it has a marked tendency to yellow, which is most notable with light colors. Poppy oil is recommended for light colors as it has the least tendency to yellow (although it does dry slower).
- Don’t dry your oil paintings in the dark. This may cause a thin film of oil to rise to the surface, yellowing it. (This can be removed by exposure to bright daylight.)
- If, as the paint on your palette dries it forms a lot of wrinkles, too much oil has been added.
- If you’re not sure whether a bottle of mineral or white spirits is suitable for oil painting, put a tiny quantity on a piece of paper and let it evaporate. If it evaporates without leaving any residue, stain, or smell, it should be fine.
- If you want to clean away a layer of oil paint or oil varnish, use alcohol, which is a powerful solvent.
- Remember that you can paint with oils without using solvents, using brush pressure to spread the paint out thinly, only oil as a medium and to rinse your brush.
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