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: Oil paintings drying time

01-10-2015, 07:11 AM
It takes about a week for my oil paintings to dry enough for me to continue to work on them. I know some people do a wet on wet approach and if I want to blend a color a bit I'll do that, but when I don't want to blend or I just want it dry enough so I don't accidentally smudge it while working on another piece of it, it takes forever!

I've heard there is something I can mix in the paint to make it dry quicker. Anyone know about that. Does it dilute the paint?, I would think it would have to. Do you recommend it?

01-12-2015, 09:22 PM
There's this thing called Liquin, I think it's made by Windsor and Newton but I'm not sure.
I don't paint in oils so don't know how you are suppose to use it.

If you paint in thin layers the paint will dry faster.

01-13-2015, 07:46 AM
Found out that the artist Wilson Bickford sells a product call Wilson Bickford Glazing medium that mixed with the oil paint will speed up the drying time (supposedly). I ordered some...I'll let you know how it works.

01-16-2015, 05:54 AM
Well if I were a really good artist I would worry about the longevity of my finished work....but honestly most of my stuff winds up in the dumpster after a few months anyway. I'm hoping some day I'll do a painting that I don't look at three months down the road and say "what was I thinking!". I'm working diligently towards that goal and enjoying myself doing it. Thanks for the advice and when I'm doing really good stuff I'll remember to let nature handle the drying.

01-16-2015, 08:13 PM
Dumpster? NO way! I saw your whale painting today, nice stuff!

01-16-2015, 10:17 PM
I have to be honest, I did that orca picture following a 'how to' video online. I kind of like the way it came out though so I'll take some credit for it. Thank You Liz

01-16-2015, 10:19 PM
There was a post on here from Arty about using medium and now it's gone. How does that happen?

01-17-2015, 06:34 PM
Maybe he deleted it. I saw his reply in my email notification but by the time I came to the forum it was gone. Anyway he provided some good info.

Oops, nearly forgot the reason I was going to reply - what about using a hair dryer to speed things up? Has anyone done that or is that a silly idea?

01-17-2015, 11:00 PM
I've tried that, works great with acrylics but not oil.