Oil painting Dryng time?? - Artist Forum
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post #1 of Old 05-13-2020, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Oil painting Dryng time??

I have just started with canvas oil painting. I watch Bob Ross videos on you tube. Yesterday night I did one oil painting (wet on wet technique) . Its close to 24 hours and yet the canvas is wet. So.can you please let me know how long it takes to dry up so I can hang it on my wall.
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post #2 of Old 05-15-2020, 06:39 AM
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Dry time depends on several factors such as brand of paint (amount/type of carrier, etc), how much it is thinned and what is used to do it, thickness of application, etc. A painting can take as little as one - two days or six months or more to dry.

So, put the canvas aside in a well ventilated room with minimal dust, and check it regularly - it is a slow process that can't be rushed after the painting is complete. However, Liquin can be added to the paints (mixed on the palette) to hasten drying.

"Well ventilated room" is important for two reasons. Most obvious is the odor of linseed oil will be a constant reminder that the painting is there until it has all evaporated. Good ventilation will also hasten the drying process by carrying off the evaporating oil.
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post #3 of Old 05-15-2020, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the detailed information. I appreciate your help!
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post #4 of Old 07-29-2020, 07:01 AM
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Unless you plan to varnish the painting I would think the drying time would be just dry to touch. It can take six months for an oil painting to dry enough to put a clear coating over it but I don't see any reason the paint couldn't fully cure on the wall.
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