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: Oil paintings drying time


TerryCurley
01-10-2015, 08:11 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?

Liz
01-12-2015, 10:22 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.

TerryCurley
01-13-2015, 08:46 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.

TerryCurley
01-16-2015, 06:54 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.

Liz
01-16-2015, 09:13 PM
Dumpster? NO way! I saw your whale painting today, nice stuff!

TerryCurley
01-16-2015, 11:17 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

TerryCurley
01-16-2015, 11:19 PM
There was a post on here from Arty about using medium and now it's gone. How does that happen?

Liz
01-17-2015, 07:34 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?

TerryCurley
01-18-2015, 12:00 AM
I've tried that, works great with acrylics but not oil.