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Oil Painting - Tips and Techniques

Srishti Das
25/06/2021 0 0

Oil Painting is a pictorial technique in which pigments are mixed with a binder composed of oils. This oily base makes oil painting one of those artists prefer because oils provide fluidity to the paint. It is a very thick and hard paint mass, but at the exact moment, it is easy to work with it because of how it slides on the support.

The oils allow creating a broad colour palette, combining the base colours with an incredible quality result. The oil also allows the paint to take a longer time to dry, so the paintings do not need to be done in a specific period; but rather, their realization time can be delayed.

Another of the great virtues of oil painting is that its finish is bright, very bright in colour and is preserved in such a state for centuries, literally. With minimal conservation, cleaning, and restoration controls, the painting is perfect; spend the time that passes.

Tricks for oil painting

Finally, in this brief introduction to oils, we want to highlight some of the facets that can be adopted when using this technique and that everyone who works on this painting should know.

Use of layers. The oil paint allows covering a section already painted with another layer of colour.

Colour Intensification Diluting the paint on several tonal scales will define the shape of the objects and simply create volume.

Colour Blocking. Follow the contours of an object with diluted paint to delimit the edges using the same tones used within the painted element.

The sensation of transparency. To achieve this, you must draw the transparent object and then apply a few strokes of some more opaque paint above the object.

Feeling of metal Use the contrast between black and white to create the reflection and use the diluted white paint to create the sensation of brightness. Finally, subtle strokes of white will help you make small flashes.

Volume with white. To give a smooth object a three-dimensional feel, you can apply fine white brush strokes on top.

Create quick funds. Applying a few small strokes of diluted paint in separate spaces is enough; then, with a few brushstrokes, spread it and create a uniform and fast bottom.

Add charcoal. As a "mixed media", you can help yourself with charcoal to reinforce some objects' proper and projected shadow. Smears of brush strokes. You can use the paint stain as an expressive medium. With this, you can differentiate plans, objects, textures and so on depending on the type of brushstroke you leave on your canvases. It can be long, short, to points.

Pointillism. As in impressionism, you can use this technique for your works. With small spots of paint, you should cover the entire drawing taking into account that each point represents the exact tone that fits that part of the painting. Oil-pointillism-news-totenart

Heterogeneous mixtures. In addition to creating new colours with homogeneous mixtures of the paint, you can use the paint itself as an expressive resource, making irregularities in the mixture.

Get out of the pattern. We must try not to follow a pattern for all brush strokes and do them in different directions, informally and abruptly.

Recreate sponginess. If you press the brush tightly against the canvas (or support) and rub it a little, you will create a spongy texture shade. As with the skins, helping with the ranges of cold colours such as blue, violet, purple, or grey will make your job easier when representing a shadow instead of using the colour black and burning the drawing.

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