jeudi 26 mai 2016

Important Info On Oil Painting Process

By Robert Smith

To many artists, oil paints have always been their first choice for many years now. Artists make their colors by blending dry powder paints with selected oils. They mix the products to achieve a stiff paste that has consistency. The consistency of these colors is usually important. Actually, the recommended standard is to have a smooth and buttery paste that is not stringy or tacky. However, oil painting has been a good choice for many artists over hundreds of years, of course, with good reasons.

As a matter of fact, colors are beautiful and gorgeous, and they last forever. The nature of oil paints is that they are slow drying making it possible to remove what you might not want when it is still wet. Again, you can still paint over the picture once it get dry.

As noted before, consistency for this type of paints is a vital property. However, if some flowing quality is required, a liquid medium like turpentine could be added. Still, a siccative or liquid drier can be added in order to accelerate the rate of drying. By just learning the basics, oil paints are easier to use.

When performing this artistic work, a canvas is usually used as a standard support. Once the canvas is cut to the desired size, it is stretched over a wooden frame and then secured by staples or tacks. A primer is also used to reduce the permeability of the canvas in order to have a smooth surface. The primer should be allowed to dry before the painting process begins. Lead white and gesso are mostly used as the primers. Sometimes, rigidity and smoothness are preferred to springiness and texture. If that is the case, a wooden panel or a processed paperboard sized or primed may be used.

A brush is an essential tool in this particular work. The artists use brushes to apply paint over the sketch. The brushes can be made from various varieties of fibers so as to give different effects. Some of the brushes used in this work are the red stable brushes and bleached hog bristles. They are also made of different sizes and shapes, for instance, they could be oval, flat or round.

After the painting work, a picture varnish coat is normally done in order to protect the picture from atmospheric attacks, accumulation of dirt and minor abrasions. Nevertheless, the varnish can be safely removed using some solvents such as isopropyl alcohol. Also, the varnish adds a uniform luster, tonal depth and color intensity originally in the wet paint.

There are many benefits of painting using oil paints. First, the paints are slow in drying compared to watercolors. This is a benefit to the artist since it give him enough time to work with his creations and make important changes before deciding that painting is complete. Also, this kind of paints can withstand wear and tear.

Finally, once the painting work is done, correct any mistakes before the paint dries up. Then, save the unused paint and use it in your next artistic work. Lastly, ensure you clean up the brushes since the paint can ruin them if allowed to dry with the paint.

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