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In oil paintings, how do you paint transparent highlights?

Caravaggio might have painted the hair highlights separately, or used relatively small bristle brushes to paint a few separate hairs simultaneously. In his time, these details were usually added after ...
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Opaque purple paint options

You could use black gesso or other dark pigments mixed into the ground. Then the transparency of your violet/purple paints will not be trying to overcome a white background, requiring less pigment. If ...
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Is it possible to make oil modifiable again?

You can't make the oil modifiable again, no. If your friend added the drying linseed oil and turpentine to existing oil paints (and not just pigments), it really depends on the ratio whether it ...
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Techniques for Achieving Texture Variation with NumeralPaint Kits?

My personal experience with the paint by numbers kits is that: They contain watery paints that deliberately have a uniform flat texture. They are probably supposed to resemble an Aquarelle painting ...
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Should a paint knife for wet-on-wet be bowed?

My first impression was that your paint looks too watery (or rather "oily") to be effectively distributed with a pallette knife (but I might be mistaken. It's hard to tell from your pictures)...
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Should a paint knife for wet-on-wet be bowed?

Two more factors are important here: the tautness of the canvas, and—especially—the angle of incidence. You can see how Ross is holding his knife at maybe a 20° angle here: I'm mostly mentioning this ...
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How can I secure my 4ft by 4ft canvas to the wall so that I can work on it?

My thoughts on this: Avoid air stream on the canvas. Looking at the photo, I would glue a piece of cardboard to one side of the AC air outlet to redirect the air flow away from the canvas. That avoids ...
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Method to fix charcoal to an oil painting

This is a brainstorming about getting the blackest black and the matte-est matte with what you already have available. Create charcoal dust, with grain sizes to your taste. Go on with your painting. ...
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