Painting Tips

Tips: Loose Canvas

While your acrylic gesso or oil ground should tighten up your canvas, various factors such as humidity can cause your canvas to loosen a bit. If you’re experiencing this, you may want to try some of these tips. Spray the backside with water. Using ...Read More

Glazing In Oil Paints

One of the most popular techniques in oil painting is glazing. This is a multiple step process in which you will paint the entire painting first in neutral colors to get your tonal values down, then later when it’s dry, you’ll glaze over the ...Read More

Alla Prima Painting

This is a great technique to learn so you can finish a painting in just one sitting. It also allows for better blending and softer edges, which will give your painting a more realistic feel. As discussed below, you’ll want to pre-mix the colors ...Read More

Tips For Painting On A Budget

Art supplies can be expensive. Let’s talk about some creative ways of to reduce your painting costs. Torrit Grey Every Spring, Gamblin Artists Colors cleans out their air filters and recycles the pigments into a paint they call “Torrit Grey”. Gamblin sends out tubes ...Read More

Appendix C: Varnishes

FOR OIL PAINTINGS Varnishes can be added during the course of painting or after it is completely dry in approximately six months time. See our lesson on Varnishing Your Work for more about how to protect your painting after it’s completely dry. Some artists ...Read More

Appendix B: Drying Oils, Alkyds, and Driers

Drying oils can be mixed with solvents to make your medium more lean in the beginning stages of your painting process. As you continue painting, you’ll reduce the amount of solvent and increase the amount of oil to produce more “fatty” layers.  Each type ...Read More

Appendix A: Solvents

Solvents are used to thin oil paint and wash your brushes. They are what make paint “lean” (as in “fat over lean”) and can be mixed with other mediums in the beginning stages of your painting process.  Gamsol (recommended): Can be mixed with paint and ...Read More

Oil Priming Your Canvas

Oil priming is a much more traditional way of prepping your surface for oil painting. Some people swear by oil priming—others say they don’t notice much of a difference. Although it provides a nice, slick surface, traditional Rabbit Skin Glue (RSG) will cause paint ...Read More

Considerations: Renting a Studio Space

While this may not be practical for everyone, professional painters and sculptors usually rent a studio if adequate space is not available where they live. You can find studio spaces for rent by looking in the classifieds section of your newspaper or on Craigslist. ...Read More
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