Techniques in Oil Painting
Oil painting is very popular because they dry slow and enable you to work with the paint for quite a while after applied it to canvas. This article have a few techniques in oil painting for beginner.
- For painting with heavy color, you must apply thick layers over thin layers. This is to make sure thin layers can dry quickly.
- For the layers, you are encourage to use slow drying colors on the top because when applying fast drying color on top, it will cause your painting crack.
- During each painting session, place your oil paint in the same order during each painting session.
- Contrasting the colors to create a three-dimensional feeling.
- Apply opaque colors over the top of transparent colors when showing the transparency of an object in the painting.
- For the beginner, use linseed oil for the painting because it dries the most thoroughly within the under paintings.
- Dry your painting in the studio rather than a closet because dark and enclosed area conditions cause the oils dry funny, yellowing and bleeding to the surface.
- Start with small canvas and simple subjects to understand how to manipulate the paint.
- Learning how to mix any color in the spectrum with just the three primary colors which are red, yellow and blue.
- Try mixing various yellows, blues and grays for a more natural looking green rather than just using a green straight from the tube.
- Use informal brush strokes that not follow a pattern and run in different direction.
- Avoid using ivory black for an under-painting or sketching as it dries much slower than other oil paints.
- When your palette dries and form wrinkles, it means that you have use to much oil.
- Put a tiny quantity on a piece of paper and let it evaporate if you are not sure whether a bottle of mineral or white spirits is suitable for oil painting
- Use pigments that containing manganese, cobalt and lead to accelerate drying. It also are ideal for under layers.