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Questions tagged [oil-paint]

Oil paint is a medium made from suspending pigment in a type of oil. Questions can be about working with the oil, preserving it, selecting the right type, using the paint on different surfaces and more.

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Bouguereau painting [closed]

I stumbled upon this photo of Bourguereau: And I have two questions 1) I tried finding the finished painting but I didn't find it. I used this keywords: pregnant, virgin, saint. No clue of the ...
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How to apply acrylic gesso on paper?

I want to create an oil painting on paper and I have already made the underdrawing. Now I want to gesso the paper to make it suitable for applying oil paint. On the description of my clear acrylic ...
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What are the differences between different black oil paints?

Assuming they are all the same grade (let's assume professional grade to simplify the question), what makes one better for one purpose or another? I understand that there are a variety to choose from: ...
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Can an oil painting be finished with wax to create a matte finish?

I've heard of paintings being finished with a thin wax coat, but I didn't know if this could be done with oil paintings specifically. If wax is not compatible with dried oil paint, what other ...
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How to paint rough but distinguishable people with oil paints?

I've been teaching myself wet on wet expressionist style oil painting lately and my landscapes, cities look awesome. But... But when I go to add some small detail in amongst the fray, particularly ...
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Do water-mixable oil paintings market differently than conventional oil paintings? [closed]

I am considering move to the water-mixable oil paints but I am concerned about "rules of the game". Should I disclose that my painting is created with water-mixable oil and not with the conventional ...
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Does the risk of lumps and clots reduces when moving from acrylic to oil paints?

I had this negative experience with (El Greco) acrylic paints as described in my previous question How can I make my old acrylic paints dissolve and flow freely again? I tried once more to carefully ...
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Can I use oil paints without also needing special cleaning supplies?

I have a bunch of oil paint tubes that I got as a gift a while back. I really want to try them out but I don't want to use any solvents, thinners, nor have any loose materials that need to be ...
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Are acrylic painting tutorial videos different from oil painting videos?

I am passionate about (young) man portraiture and I am myself trying to create acrylic portraits and therefore I am trying to learn this art from youtube videos. Unfortunately there are almost no ...
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Can I use the same Brush for oil and acrylic painting?

I have a nice set of brushes that I frequently use for painting with acrylics. As I dont want to buy new brushes I would like to use these brushes also for oil. Is there any reason why I can not use ...
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Is there any way to paint with acrylics over oil?

Is there any way you can keep on painting on an oil painting using acrylics? Not start at new painting! Maybe you can add something to the acrylic paint? (I know they dont mix well,thats not the ...
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Can I use Lucas oil colors for painting plastic kits?

I bought a plastic fighter kit, now I want to paint it with an airbrush and some oil colors. Now, I've got a question : Can I use Lucas oil color for painting plastic kits? Is it permanent after ...
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Are “oil colours” the same as “oil paints,” or am I buying pigments by accident?

I was looking at these oil colours from Winsor & Newton and was just hoping someone more experienced could confirm that "Oil colours" = "Oil paints," and that I'm not inadvertently buying pigments ...
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Oil based painting in coastal environment

I was given an oil based painting drawn by my relative (very dear to me). I live near the beach and we've had trouble with moisture/dampness. The painting is framed but not covered by glass or ...
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What is the purpose of an Underpainting?

As I got interested painting in oil and acrylics (and other covering techniques) I came across underpainting, i.e. a painting under the actual painting that sometimes exhibits color and sometimes ...
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What are the differences between Oil painting paper and acryl painting paper?

I have an oil painting paper block that has a nice linen finish (looks like canvas). I want to try acrylic painting on this block. Are there characteristics of oil painting papers that impede the ...
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It is easier to learn to use oil paint or acrylic paint?

Is it easier to use acrylic paint or oil paint? I'm trying to get into painting and I want to know which one has the best consistency.
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Borax substitute for swirl painting

I want to/am currently in the process of swirl painting one of my guitars. In swirl painting, you fabricate a colored film of oil paint on water with borax. The borax is used to better spread the ...
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Can you use acrylic gesso for oil paint?

I recently bought a bottle for acrylic gesso. I had enough practice with acrylics, now I want to switch to oil paint. Will the acrylic gesso work if I use it to prepare a board or a piece of wood?
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Skin tone color names

Where can I find a list of skin color names? There's gotta be something more detailed than just night, porcelain, cadaver, and peach, kickin' around. I think, Brazil, (?), at some point had a partial ...
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Can boiled linseed oil be used for oil painting applications or cleaning brushes?

Home depot/lowes etc have boiled linseed oil at a much cheaper rate than the local art store that I go to. Are there any problem using boiled linseed oil from these home stores for use in oil ...
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How do I maintain my oil paint brushes?

How can I keep my paint-brushes fresh and clean, soft and so on? Some people clean them with soap while others let them lay in oil over night. You can save a lot of money by taking good care of you ...
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Can I use sunflower oil in oil paint?

Usually when I paint there is enough linseed oil. However, in the kitchen there is always some sunflower oil, for cooking of course. It appears to work well but I wonder about a few things. How is ...
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How can you tell if an oil painting is dry?

As discussed in an answer to the question about putting an oil paint behind glass The reason for the delay after the painting is finished is that it can take this long for the painting to fully '...
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Will putting an oil painting under glass cause damage?

I inherited a painting from a relative. It has some cracks so I assume it's oil, not acrylic or watercolor. I also do not know the age, but it is not new. When I bought a frame to fit it (since it ...
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How to best judge grey values for paintings?

Seeing colors as black and white values is an essential skill in classical paintings. Yet art manuals and instructors usually only recommend to squint and, at most, to buy a grey scale. Lame! This ...
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How to achieve a smooth finish in oils?

I admire the glass-like smoothness of some classical paints. I know to polish the gesso until it's smooth like eggshells, not to leave brush marks by mixing stroke directions, and using thin paint ...
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Are there any cheap alternatives to linseed oil?

For craft use I am looking for a cheap alternative to linseed oil medium to use with oil paints. The only oil mediums I seem to find are all “artist grade” and hence expensive. Cooked “cheap” ...
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Why are the top layers of my oil painting cracking when it starts to dry?

As I'm painting with oils, I often layer new colors over older parts of the canvas. This generally works fine, but sometimes the upper layer can crack as it starts to dry. Why is this and what can I ...
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How can you preserve oil paints on your palette between sessions?

Sometimes you mix a great color using your palette but then you have to put your work aside for the evening or even longer. So, how can you preserve the colors on your palette until you're ready to ...
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How do you fade one color to another with oil paint without getting the mixed color?

I have a deep blue sky and a bright yellow sunset setting over a nature scene, but when painting in the yellow sunset and fading it to the blue sky I end up with a lot of bold greens that are ...
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What should I use to draw under oil paint?

I was drawing onto my primed canvas in pencil, in preparation to paint over the top in oils, but a friend told me that I shouldn't do that, since over time the graphite will rise to the surface of the ...
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What is the difference between cheaper oil paints and more expensive ones?

I use Winton oil paint that I get for £8 for a 200ml tube (for any colour). Some tubes from other ranges (from the same shop) cost up to £160 for a tube the same size - and there is different pricing ...
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For how long can oil paint be worked into?

I paint with Winton oil paints, and I usually 'work back' into a layer of paint after a couple of days, using a bit of white spirit to do so. How long do I have before the oil paint dries to the point ...